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Newport-Mesa Schools Recognized for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Programs
Posted 10/8/19

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It is generally accepted that teachers and educators in today’s world have an obligation to promote positive behavior, build character, and enhance the decision quality of all students. While there are many ways to do this, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has implemented Positive Behavior and Intervention Systems (PBIS) at every school to develop a culture that leads to the social, emotional, and academic success of all students. 

Knowing that there is no simple solution to remove barriers that occur when behaviors disrupt a learning community, PBIS focuses on creating and sustaining systems of support that engage elements of a student’s personal pursuits, health, social, family, work, and recreational activities. The philosophy is to use a multi-level approach that is offered at all schools, with increasing interventions being applied as behaviors escalate or when lower-level interventions do not result in proper conduct. 

Recently, the California Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Coalition recognized 12 Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) schools for having excelled at the implementation of PBIS interventions and school-wide programming. 

To receive recognition schools must succeed in creating a comprehensive PBIS implementation plan, and appropriately using interventions to lower classroom disturbances, discipline issues, office referrals, and suspension rates, all of which results in increased instructional time and positive academic impact.

“With systems like PBIS, school campuses are becoming much more inviting, accepting, and structured in their approach to student behavior,” said Director of Student Services Dr. Phil D’Agostino. 

Below is a list of NMUSD schools that have achieved Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation from the California PBIS Coalition Program:


  • Early College High School partnered with their Parent Teacher Student Association to implement a series of mental wellness action steps to ensure that students felt supported and cared for, which made a positive impact on school culture throughout campus.

  • Eastbluff Elementary School  - The consistent implementation of their PBIS strategies such as classroom specific and schoolwide check-in/check-out systems, community circles, and other restorative practices have resulted in improved student academic and social-emotional success and decreased office referrals.    

  • Newport Coast Elementary School - Every year the students tour the school campus to review and discuss behavior exceptions. Setting these expectations each year has significantly decreased discipline referrals for common problem behaviors.


  • Andersen Elementary School - Andersen has strategically implemented simple classroom management strategies that resulted in a positive school climate and a significant decrease in office referrals. 

  • Davis Magnet Elementary School - The Davis PBIS team which includes teachers, school psychologist, and administration staff, regularly meet to make data-informed decisions with the goal of providing appropriately tiered interventions to support student wellness. 

  • Lincoln Elementary School - Great strides have been made to implement behavior support for students needing additional modeling, strategies, encouragement, and positive reinforcements to help them make positive choices at school. As a result, there was an 80 percent decrease in suspensions. 

  • Paularino Elementary School - After providing consistent positive supports for all students, Paularino expanded their work by providing a variety of tailored supports for individual students in need. This included students being assigned to teacher mentors, lunch bunch groups, and other socializing experiences for targeted students. 


  • Adams Elementary School -  Adams maintained Silver status and is making great strides toward Gold status next year. Their PBIS team uses the Second Step behavior curriculum in classrooms, first implementing the curriculum themselves, then co-teaching with the general education teachers. Their PBIS coaches trained a select group of teachers to best support and encourage students who needed more individualized intervention, this resulted in positive results and lower incidents rates of maladaptive behaviors.

  • Kaiser Elementary School - Kaiser’s recognition program called Success Awards is having a positive impact on students putting in more effort to earn the awards and feel personal pride when they are recognized. 

  • Killybrooke Elementary School -  Killybrooke is proud of its schoolwide reinforcement system,  where students are recognized with Colts Cash for displaying positive behaviors aligned to their schoolwide expectations. Last year, upper-grade students participated in student leadership activities aimed at serving the school and community by leading a clothing and shoe drive for a local animal shelter, and a letter-writing project for Operation Gratitude.  

  • Rea Elementary School - Rea’s PBIS team invested in parent engagement at their site, which includes more than 60 parents having graduated from their Parent Institute for Quality Education Program, and more than 30 parents served throughout the school year in the GRIP Greeter Program - a program in collaboration with the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney's office to ensure each child feels welcome on campus.  

  • Wilson Elementary School - Wilson Teachers are deliberate about ensuring that they understand the story of every student and take the time to provide care and support whenever a student is in need.  

The holistic development of every child will continue to be a priority for educational administrators and classroom teachers. PBIS has been implemented at all NMUSD schools to develop a school culture that leads to maximizing the social, emotional, and academic success of all students.

To learn more about NMUSD’s PBIS programs please visit the NMUSD Positive Behavior Intervention Supports website.