Expectations & PBIS

John Mills is a PBIS school. "PBIS" stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a program used throughout District 401 schools to emphasize appropriate behaviors.

Our program is designed to teach, support, evaluate and celebrate our expected behaviors of being Responsible, Respectful and Ready.

Our Approach

John Mills' PBIS initiative is focused on creating a positive learning environment where all students feel safe, supported and empowered. We expect our students to live up to three fundamental principals of behavior:

  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Ready

Students begin the year by learning about the expected behaviors in each area of the school through our PBIS circuit learning experience. As the year goes on, they have many opportunities to practice PBIS expectations. 

We celebrate their successes through a variety of activities and events, including our weekly PBIS drawing, PBIS store, PBIS assemblies and PBIS teacher/student activities.

Expectations Matrix

All staff and students refer to the John Mills Expectations Matrix to guide positive behavior in classrooms, the cafeteria, the playground, hallways and bathrooms. 

PBIS Matrix chart

District 401's Policy on Student Behavior

Our rules and procedures in this area are governed by District 401's policy on student behavior, which can be found in Section 7:190 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual

This policy’s stated goals and objectives are to provide effective discipline practices that:

(1) ensure the safety and dignity of students and staff; (2) maintain a positive, weapons-free, and drug-free learning environment; (3) keep school property and the property of others secure; (4) address the causes of a student's misbehavior and provide opportunities for all individuals involved in an incident to participate in its resolution; and (5) teach students positive behavioral skills to become independent, self-disciplined citizens in the school community and society.

A searchable online version of the Board of Education's complete District Policy Manual can be found here.