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Schools honored for creating safe, positive environments

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded schools statewide for their work on implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for behavior and provides the framework for teachers to implement and monitor prevention and intervention practices.

The schools' work in PBIS focuses on conditions to support learning by providing positive, predictable and safe environments. If done effectively, PBIS has been shown to reduce major disciplinary infractions, reduce out-of-school suspension, improve prosocial behavior, improve academic achievement and improve school climate.

Following are the schools and award levels for which they were honored.


These schools completed training during the 2018-19 school year and developed all of the products needed to begin implementation. They were ready to roll out their PBIS plan in the fall of 2019. The following schools met criteria for the Emerging level:

  • Amana Elementary - Clear Creek Amana CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Bettendorf Middle School - Bettendorf CSD (Mississippi Bend)
  • Colfax-Mingo Elementary - Colfax-Mingo CSD (Heartland)
  • Edwards Elementary - Ames CSD (Heartland)
  • Perry Elementary - Perry CSD (Heartland)
  • Spring Creek 6th Grade Center - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • St. Pius X Catholic School - Diocese of Des Moines (Heartland)
  • Stilwell Junior High - West Des Moines CSD (Heartland)
  • West Fork – Sheffield Campus, West Fork CSD (Central Rivers)


Schools that earn the Honor level award have rolled out their PBIS plan to students, staff and families. They have identified and taught behavioral expectations and implemented systems to develop a consistent response to appropriate and problem behaviors. The building team meets regularly and is using data to inform decisions.

  • Anamosa Middle School - Anamosa CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Clay Elementary - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • Collins-Maxwell Elementary - Collins-Maxwell CSD (Heartland)
  • Howar Middle School - Centerville CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Lakeview Elementary - Centerville CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Lincoln Elementary - Pella CSD (Heartland)
  • Lisbon Middle School - Lisbon CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Mount Pleasant HS - Mount Pleasant CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Novak Elementary - Linn Mar CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Springville Secondary - Springville CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Southeast Polk Junior High - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School - Diocese of Des Moines (Heartland)

Honor Plus:

Honor Plus is awarded to schools that are implementing universal features with fidelity. Additionally, classroom systems and family/community involvement are included in their plan. These schools are developing Tier 2 systems and have defined a decision rule to identify students who may benefit from additional supports.

  • AGWSR Middle School - AGWSR CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Altoona Elementary - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • Beaver Creek Elementary - Johnston CSD (Heartland)
  • Berg Middle School - Newton CSD (Heartland)
  • Central Lee Elementary - Central Lee CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Central Lee Middle School - Central Lee CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Central Lee High School - Central Lee CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Davenport Jackson Elementary School - Davenport CSD (Mississippi Bend)
  • Davenport Wilson Elementary - Davenport CSD (Mississippi Bend)
  • Eldora-New Providence Elementary – Eldora-New Providence CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Hunt Elementary - Sioux City Community School (Northwest)
  • Jefferson Elementary – Mason City CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Lawson Elementary - Johnston CSD (Heartland)
  • Madison Elementary - Pella CSD (Heartland)
  • Monroe Elementary - Prairie City Monroe CSD (Heartland)
  • Mount Pleasant Middle School - Mount Pleasant CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Prairie City Elementary - Prairie City Monroe CSD (Heartland)
  • Richard O. Jacobsen Elementary – Belmond-Klemme CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Tri-County Junior/Senior High - Tri-County CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Van Buren County Middle/High School - Van Buren CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Waverly-Shell Rock Lied Center – Waverly-Shell Rock CSD (Central Rivers)
  • West Delaware Middle School - West Delaware CSD (Keystone)
  • Woodward-Granger Early Learning Center & Elementary - Woodward Granger CSD (Heartland)


Banner schools are sustaining universal systems and practices. Students are accessing interventions such as Check in/Check out and 50 percent are responding positively to the support. The Tier 2 team engages families and staff; and uses a daily progress report to progress monitor student response to additional supports.

  • Ann G. Wilson Elementary - Ottumwa CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Centennial Elementary - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • Center Point-Urbana Middle School - Center Point-Urbana CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Clay Central Everly Elementary - Clay Central Everly CSD (Prairie Lakes)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School - Dubuque CSD (Keystone)
  • Excelsior Middle School - Linn Mar CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Hawthorne Elementary - Keokuk CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Karen Acres Elementary - Urbandale CSD (Heartland)
  • Mitchellville Elementary - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • Monticello High School - Monticello CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Pence Elementary - Fairfield CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Prairie Hill - College Community CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Runnells Elementary - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary - Newton CSD (Heartland)
  • Washington Elementary - Mount Vernon CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Willowbrook Elementary - Southeast Polk CSD (Heartland)
  • Van Buren County/Douds Elementary - Van Buren CSD (Great Prairie)

Banner Plus:

To earn Banner Plus, teams have met fidelity for Tier 2, are providing more than one Tier 2 intervention to meet students’ needs; and through progress monitoring, are able to show that 70 percent of students are responding positively to Tier 2 supports. Banner Plus schools are beginning to develop Tier 3 systems.

  • Akron-Westfield Elementary - Akron-Westfield CSD (Northwest)
  • Aurora Heights Elementary - Newton CSD (Heartland)
  • Cardinal Elementary- Cardinal CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Center Point-Urbana Primary - Center Point-Urbana CSD (Grant Wood) 
  • Emerson Hough Elementary - Newton CSD (Heartland)
  • Expo Alternative Learning Center – Waterloo CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Irving Elementary - Sioux City Community School (Northwest)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary - Indianola CSD (Heartland)
  • Lincoln Center Elementary - Albia CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Lincoln Elementary - Mount Pleasant CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Lincoln Elementary - Washington CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Linn Grove Elementary - Linn Mar CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Lisbon Elementary - Lisbon CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Mary Welsh Elementary - Williamsburg CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Midland Middle/High School - Midland CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Monticello Middle School - Monticello CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Morris Elementary - Bondurant-Farrar CSD (Heartland)
  • Oskaloosa Elementary - Oskaloosa CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Oskaloosa Middle School - Oskaloosa CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Pleasantville Elementary - Pleasantville CSD (Heartland)
  • Roosevelt Elementary - Mason City CSD (Central Rivers AEA)
  • Van Allen Elementary - Mount Pleasant CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Wapello Elementary - Wapello CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Winfield-Mount Union Elementary - Winfield-Mount Union CSD (Great Prairie)
  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary - Newton CSD (Heartland)


Paramount recognition includes those school-based teams who have completed Tier 3 training, are sustaining Tiers 1 and 2, and are building a continuum of support. Schools awarded have a team that builds and implements Tier 3 behavior support plans for those students needing intensive supports.

  • Elizabeth Tate Alternative - Iowa City CSD (Grant Wood)
  • Gehlen Catholic Elementary - Gehlen Catholic School (Northwest)
  • Mark Twain Elementary - Iowa City CSD (Grant Wood)
  • South O’Brien Elementary - South O’Brien CSD (Northwest)
  • Spalding Park Elementary - Sioux City Community School (Northwest)
  • West Monona Elementary - West Monona CSD (Northwest)


The school-based team has completed all Tiers of training and is sustaining all Tiers. Schools have maintained fidelity of implementation at all Tiers for at least three years, with the last year reaching a high level of fidelity.  Becoming a Model School is a great achievement and represents PBIS Implementation at the highest level.

  • East Buchanan Elementary - East Buchanan CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Lincoln Elementary - Charles City CSD (Central Rivers)
  • Washington Elementary - Charles City CSD (Central Rivers)
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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 01, 2021 at 9:51am.