Columbia School District


PAWS: Practice Respect, Act Responsibly, Work Together, Safety Matters

Horace W. Porter School uses a system of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to encourage, teach, practice and model appropriate, respectful and responsible student behavior. We have four core behavioral expectations for students: Practice Respect, Act Responsibly, Work Together, Safety Matters (PAWS).

  • PBIS is a framework for administrators, staff and parents to follow. It will take 35 years to develop and implement throughout the school, including classrooms, cafeteria, recess and buses.

  • The goal of PBIS is to create a safe and positive school climate where children can learn and grow academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.

  • School-wide PBIS supports all students by clarifying our behavioral expectations, explicitly teaching and modeling these expectations, developing individualized plans for specific students and recognizing when students demonstrate positive behaviors.

  • PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of proactive procedures, practices and strategies to prevent problem behavior with the focus being on positive support.

  • PBIS helps to guide schools as they respond to discipline issues.

PBIS Team Members

Caputo, Karen

Assistant Principal

Doubleday, Jessica

Behavior Technician

MacDonald, Katherine

Grades 58 Visual Arts, Arts Integration Teacher

Ortiz, Andrea

Reading Intervention/Coach

McLeish, Lorraine

Grades PK8 Special Education Teacher

Piatek, Shannon

Grade 2 Teacher

Polakowski, Corey

Grades 5-8 School Counselor

Ritchie, Carolyn

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Rivard-Lentz, Cheri

Mental Health Counselor

Andrews, Jennifer

Stem Teacher

Spear, Kristin

Social Worker

Ancona, Maria

Spanish Teacher

Traber, Janna

Grades 5 Teacher

Whitcomb, Sara

PBIS Consultant- UMass Amherst

We Practice Respect

We Act Responsibly

We Work Together

Safety Matters

We are Proud Panthers !