Positive Behavior Interventions and Support(PBIS)

At IC Imagine, we believe in a proactive positive reinforcement system to encourage appropriate behaviors. To that end, we have developed a matrix to use with our Champions to teach appropriate behaviors and use consistent language among our faculty and student body.  We utilize this system to continue supporting our children as they learn to Value, Engage and Be a Leader.  Click the links below to view the appropriate matrix.

Lower School PBIS Matrix

Middle/Upper PBIS Matrix


When poor behavior choices lead to consequences our faculty use the following guidelines to determine if the behavior is a minor or major behavior and how to respond appropriately with the children.

This document defines poor choices as major or minor behaviors.

IC Imagine Major and Minor Behaviors



Inappropriate Language Abusive Language
Inappropriate language or comments in class or unstructured times.

(non-directed cursing, name calling, inappropriate slang, teasing, inappropriate jokes, inappropriate gestures, judgemental comments, etc)

Any verbal language that is offensive, harmful, or hostile.

(directed cursing; threatening language; intentional hateful or denigrating language based on race, ethnicity, gender, class; sexually orientated comments)

Physical Contact Physical Aggression
Any non-chronic, non-threatening behavior that has the potential to cause harm to another individual.

(Invasion of personal space, horseplay, etc)

More than one person engaged in an aggressive confrontation with an intent to do harm.

(hitting, kicking, biting, fighting, pulling hair, shoving, throwing objects at a person, etc)

Misuse of Technology Violation of Technology Use
Not using the technology for the right purpose at a given time.

(being on an unapproved website, etc)

Using technology at an undesignated time or using technology that is not school approved.

(using or having a cell phone outside of a backpack during the school day, using social media on a school issued device, being on any inappropriate website or app that contains vulgar or explicit content, etc)

Non-Compliance Overt Defiance
Failing to follow through with directions.

(not completing assignments, slow to follow directions, off task after several redirects, etc)

Refusal to follow directions.

(Failure to follow a reasonable request by a teacher, doing the opposite of instructions, responding in a disrespectful manner, refusing to complete work, arguing with a teacher, habitual back-talk, etc)

Property Misuse Property Vandalism
Using materials in ways other than instructed.

(throwing small objects, using chairs incorrectly, ripping work, breaking pencils, etc.)

Deliberately damaging or destroying property.

(writing on items, tearing books,breaking technological devices,  throwing furniture, kicking/hitting furniture, etc)

Disturbance of Learning Environment Disruption of Learning Environment
A continuation of a behavior after redirection.

(playing, tapping, inappropriate use of a manipulative, excessive talking, not being in a designated area of the learning environment, making inappropriate noises, etc)

Openly defiant or purposefully refusing to cooperate or follow procedures/directions.

(screaming in the learning environment, slamming objects or doors, incessant and disruptive talking, eating distracting foods/drinks, having approved music use at a distracting volume, etc)

Other Other
Dishonesty: Failure to tell the truth

Dress Code: Non-compliant with school dress code.

Public Displays of Affection:  Inappropriate physical contact between two or more individuals.

Cheating/Plagiarism: Obtaining work that a student presents as their own from another source without giving credit.

Drugs/Illegal Substances: Having any prohibited drugs or substances in their possession or on their person.  This includes tobacco, drugs, or vaping paraphernalia.  

Bullying:  Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Weapons: Any object brought to school that can be used to harm another person.

Stealing: Intentionally possessing, passing on, or removing someone else’s property without their consent.

Appropriate consequences for major behaviors are determined by administration.


Information concerning students, families, and staff is confidential and cannot be shared at any time.

Faculty, staff, and administration may only share information concerning student behavior, performance, or disciplinary action with a student’s parents or legal guardians. Please do not ask IC Imagine faculty or administration for information regarding disciplinary consequences for children other than your own.