Model School Status

Since implementing the PBIS framework in the 2009-2010 school year, Oscar J. Pope Elementary School has been named a model school several times.  To be named a model school, schools must demonstrate behavior supports and interventions in the three tiers of support.  Model schools also exemplify best practices in the implementation of positive behavior support systems.

2011 – 12  Silver Level Model School

2013 – 14  Bronze Level Model School

2014 – 15  Gold Level Model School

2015 – 16   Gold Level Model School

2016 – 17 Gold Level Model School

2017 – 18 Gold Level Model School

2018-2019 Silver Level Model School

Oscar J. Pope Elementary School is proud to utilize the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and CHAMPS frameworks school wide.  These frameworks give people a new way to think about behavior.  PBIS is based on understanding why problem behaviors occur – the behavior’s function.  This approach to behavior can occur on a school-wide level, in a specific setting, classroom, or with an individual student.  PBIS provides a positive and effective alternative to the traditional methods of discipline.  PBIS methods are research-based and proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in the school, resulting in a more positive school climate and increased academic performance.  PBIS is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which advocates the use of positive behavior interventions and school-based disciplinary strategies that reduce or eliminate the need to use suspension and expulsion as disciplinary options.”  (Source:  Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project;

CHAMPS seeks to set clear expectations for all activities.  CHAMPS is an acronym that represents Conversation level, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, and Success.  Before the beginning of each activity, teachers and staff “CHAMP” students by explicitly instructing them on what is expected for success.

Students at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School are praised and rewarded for positive behavior choices.  “OSCAR”brations are held to celebrate student behavior successes.  Past OSCARbrations have included outdoor games, indoor games, specials choice, movie and popcorn day, “Wacky Wear” day, and favorite shirt days.

Parent Informational Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

1. Expectations are displayed and
taught throughout the school.
Extensive lessons are provided at the
beginning of the year with minilessons provided during the year.
2. Students and staff are able to state
the expectations.
3. Discipline data is shared with all
staff members on a regular basis to
analyze patterns and determine next
4. Staff members model PBIS
expectations for students.
5. Students are rewarded for
displaying appropriate behavior in
school. Specific praise is given to
6. PBS team shares data with staff,
students, and parents on a monthly
7. Our goal is 4 to 1 positive

Parents and guardians play a crucial
role in the development of a child’s
behavior. Here are some suggestions
you can use at home to help your
child embrace Positive Behavior

  • Be a good role model. Children
    often imitate behaviors they see at
  • Talk to your child about their
    school day.
  • Ask your child about the
    horseshoes they have received and
    how many more they need to meet
    their goal for the month.
  • Keep communication between
    you and your child’s teacher active
    throughout the school year.
  • Focus on the positive choices
    your child is making.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is
a different way of handling discipline. This
framework aims to build effective environments
in which positive behavior is taught and
reinforced. It emphasizes the use of
preventative teaching and reinforcement based
strategies. The key to positive behavior is to
continuously teach and reteach appropriate
Consequences are still given for inappropriate
behaviors. These consequences may include:

  •  Telephone call to parent/guardian
  •  Loss of privileges
  •  Note home in agenda
  •  Out of school suspension

Teachers track minor negative behaviors and
implement research based interventions and
strategies to assist students in being successful.
Teachers consult with parents/guardians,
colleagues, and administrators to determine the
best interventions for student success.
Students are rewarded through a variety of
methods including horseshoes, Positive Behavior
Referrals, treasure box shopping, positive phone
calls home, and choice activity time.
PBIS works at OJP!

School Wide

O: On task
S: Safe
C: Caring
A: Accepting Responsibility
R: Respectful


C: Come to class prepared to learn
L: Listen and follow directions
A: All eyes on me
S: Stay in area
S: Say and do nice things

Dining Room

T: Two hands on tray
A: Always use good manners
B: Be quiet for the first ten minutes
L: Leave your area clean
E: Enter and exit safely

OSCARbrations are our monthly celebration of positive behavior choices at Oscar J. Pope Elementary School. At the beginning of each school year, the PBIS committee meets to plan each month’s OSCARbration activity by looking at the data trends from previous years.
Students earn horseshoes every day for making positive choices. Staff members focus on providing specific and immediate feedback when awarding horseshoes. All staff members award horseshoes to students for their efforts. At the end of the 2013-14 school year, students participated in an OSCARbration survey. The PBIS committee has used the data gathered from the survey to plan for more effective OSCARbration celebrations. This year, we are offering students choices for OSCARbration activities. For example, in September, students could choose from outdoor games, a movie in the dining room, or indoor board games. In November, students will choose an activity from one of our four special areas teachers.
Positive behavior choices are rewarded at Oscar J. Pope Elementary

School Wide Expectations

On task Safe Caring Accepting Responsibility Respectful

Listen and follow directions
All eyes on me
Stay in area
Say and do nice things

Walk silently on the right
Allow for personal space
Look forward
Keep hands and feet to self

Walk to the toilet
Always flush
Sanitize hands
Hurry back to class

Two hands on tray
Always use good manners
Be quiet for the first ten minutes
Leave your area clean
Enter and exit safely

Stay in seat quietly
Always keep hands and feet to yourself
Face forward
Enter and exit safely
Read your Action 100 books!

Listen to all announcements
Exit safely
Always walk to your destination
Vanquish recklessness
Exit directly to your destination

Media Center
Return books on time
Everyone helps each other
Always walk in the Media Center
Keep hands and feet to self
Do your work quietly

Be polite at all times
Enter/exit quietly
Always be on task
Take care of instruments and books

Play safely
Listen and follow directions
Actively participate
You are responsible for your actions

All eyes on me
Remain in your seat
Talk quietly
Say and do nice things