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  • Briarcrest Behavior Supports

    P.A.W.S. - Briarcrest’s Tools for Self-Management

    • Problem Solve 

    • Act Respectfully 
    • Work to do Your Best 
    • Safe Choices

    Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)

    Briarcrest implements a school-wide PBIS approach to teaching and reinforcing positive behavior.

    What: All Briarcrest staff will teach children behaviors which promote safety, courtesy, and respect for others. Appropriate behaviors have been defined for all areas of the school, and are posted in each location. At the beginning of the school year, students will be taught and have time to practice expected behaviors in each area of the school by the person responsible for supervising the location.  Expected behaviors will be reviewed, promoted, and practiced throughout the year.

    Why: With a strong PBIS system, Briarcrest will be a safe place to learn and play. Students and adults will be respectful of the rights of others, their possessions, and school property. Students will be independent and responsible decision makers.  School staff will work to support children in these areas through practice, interventions, and collaboration with parents, as needed.


    We regularly recognize students for their individual and group efforts to promote positive behavior.  Some examples include:




    5:1 ratio of praise to correction

    PAWS cards given to students who are demonstrating exemplary behaviors

    Class meetings / team building

    Recognition of student accomplishments weekly Shout OUts

    PAWS Pride awards given monthly to individuals for positive behavior

    In-class celebrations


    School-wide system to support PAWS behaviors:

    Levels of Intervention 

    (see “Behavior Management Response Matrix” for more details)

    Level 1

    Level 2

    Level 3

    Teacher/staff proximity

    Non-verbal cues

    Verbal redirection

    Reset station

    Changing location

    Reset strategies


    Return to class/activity

    Parent communication

    Positive behavior practice

    Guided reflection/response

    Conversation with principal, dean, counselor, family advocate

    Referral for additional support as needed


    Severe safety behaviors will be addressed using the Shoreline School District’s Student Rights and Responsibilities guidelines.


    If you have any questions or comments regarding our management guidelines, please call the school or send a note to the principal (206-393-4170). The complete guidelines regarding behavior management are available upon request from the office .