March 30, 2021 Achievements

Two SCCSD schools earn PBIS honors, Spalding Park Environmental Sciences recognized as “Paramount”

PBIS Recognition School

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 academics and behavior, which provides the framework for school districts to implement and monitor prevention and intervention practices for both virtual and face-to-face instruction.

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 Sioux City Community Schools and award levels for which they were honored.

Honor Plus – West High School

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 support.

Paramount – Spalding Park Environmental Sciences Elementary School

Paramount recognition applauds 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.

The Sioux City Community School District focuses on PBIS conditions district-wide to addresses the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students. Additional information on PBIS can be found at