Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

The main focus of PBIS is to create a positive learning environment by empowering students and staff with a clear system for expected behaviors at Lime Kiln Middle School. There are several components of the program including teaching expected behaviors in all settings, acknowledging students when they demonstrate the expectations and providing interventions when the expectations are not met.  Through PBIS we will work to maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their roles in the educational process.

LKMS is proud to share that we have applied for the PBIS Maryland GOLD Recognition Award, the highest level of recognition in the state.  Please stay tuned for future announcements later this summer…


Responsible for our actions
Organized and ready to learn
Achieving at our highest level
Respect for ourselves, others & property

PDF iconLKMS PBIS Expectations Matrix.pdf

All students participate in positive behavioral lessons where they are introduced to the school wide expectations and work together to individualize the expectations to meet the unique needs of classroom and other settings.  In addition, school wide activities are used to reinforce the expectations.  This past year, every student and staff member developed their own way of showcasing the ROAR expectations for a school wide video and also held a logo design contest for the Limelighter T-shirt. 

In order to support students in achieving at their highest level, Lime Kiln offers:

  • Daily evidence based reading intervention seminars to meet the decoding and comprehension reading needs of identified students,
  • Daily English Language arts seminars to support students success in the on grade level English Language Arts classes,
  • Daily math seminars to support students success in the on grade level math classes,
  • Afterschool academic intervention in reading and math,
  • Friday school for academic support,
  • Homework club,
  • Daily check-in,
  • Ongoing anti-bullying lessons provided by the school counselors and,
  • New Student Orientation to promote a positive, successful academic and behavioral transition.

During the 2013-14 school year, the student services team provided all staff with professional learning opportunities regarding executive functions and strategies to support students who demonstrate executive function weaknesses.


Pawsitives are given to students when they do something that demonstrates being Responsible, Organized, Achieving at their highest, and/or Respectful. Pawsitives can be used to enter raffles throughout the school year.

PDF iconLKMS PAWsitive News.pdf


PAWsitive Postcards

At the beginning of the school year, we will hold contest whereby students may submit designs for our PAWsitive postcards.  PAWsitive postcards will be mailed home to students who demonstrates the ROAR expectations.



Each week the sixth, seventh, eighth and related arts teams nominate two students for the Limelighter Award.  Students are chosen for consistently exemplifying the ROAR expectations.  Recipients are awarded a certificate, T-shirt and have their photo taken with the Principal and Assistant Principal.  The photos are displayed in the main hallway.  In addition, a letter from the Principal and Assistant Principal is sent home specifically explaining the reasons the student was awarded Limelighters.    


Minor Incident Reports (MIRs) are given to students when they do not demonstrate Respect or Responsibility. MIRs are an opportunity for students to change a behavior before an office referral becomes necessary. Students will sign the MIR to acknowledge that they understand what they did wrong, and the staff person will contact the student’s parent or guardian and assign an appropriate consequence. Refusing to sign an MIR may result in an office referral.  


Office referrals will be used for certain major offenses such as fighting, abusive/threatening language, cutting class, possession or use of drugs/alcohol/weapons, and failing to give a student’s name to any staff person when requested.