What is SWPBIS?

SWPBIS stands for School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS). It is a systems approach, used in schools across the nation, for establishing the social culture and individualized behavior supports needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. The system focus is clearly defined behavior expectations and positive reinforcement for all students. Alderwood staff wants to create a sense of unity and pride amongst the students. The system will enable Alderwood staff to consistently promote, teach, and maintain appropriate student behavior.

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How will students learn the OWLS STAR behavior expectations?

During the first full week of school, the Alderwood staff will conduct a “kickoff” for the SWPBIS system by walking the students through the different areas of the campus where they will review expectations, demonstrate appropriate behavior, and role play making positive choices. Every student will complete activities with their classroom to demonstrate that they have learned the OWLS STAR expectations and what they look like in each area of the school. The positive incentive system “OWLS STAR Tickets” will also be introduced during the first week of school.

How does the program reinforce positive behavior?

At Alderwood, we believe that when expectations are clearly defined, taught, and positively reinforced, a common language is created. Thus, providing a safe environment for all children to learn and grow. Alderwood staff has worked diligently to develop meaningful and fun incentives for our students. Students are awarded and recognized daily, weekly, and on a monthly basis for success in adhering to these expectations. In addition, students will have an opportunity to earn OWLS STAR Tickets throughout the school day from any staff member that observes the student behaving in an OWLS STAR manner.

School-Wide Incentive Program


10 Tickets

Alderwood Pencil  

& Raffle Ticket


25 Tickets

Brag Tag

& Raffle Ticket


40 Tickets

Free Recess

& Raffle Ticket


60 Tickets

Spirit Wear

& Raffle Ticket


80 Tickets


& Raffle Ticket


100 Tickets


& Raffle Ticket

Golden Owl Star

150 Tickets

Owl Star Award, Photo, & Raffle Ticket

What happens if my child has a behavior problem at school?

When students have minor behavior errors, staff will meet with the student and come up with strategies to ensure the behavior is not repeated. If continual minor behavior errors occur, your child’s teacher will communicate those concerns with you. These non-expected behaviors will be documented with OWL Opportunities Slips. If major behaviors errors occur, the school administrator or designee will contact you. These behaviors will be documented with an OBR. We hope anytime you are contacted about a behavioral error, you will take the opportunity to discuss OWL STAR choices with your child and come up with strategies to avoid a repetition of the behavior.

Playground game rules are taught and reviewed throughout the school year, and are available on our website in the playground handbook. Students are held responsible for learning and following these rules.

Conflict Resolution Strategies

Alderwood Students will be using the following Conflict Resolution Strategies to help them become better problem solvers:

  1. Talk it over
  2. Walk away
  3. Say “I’m sorry”
  4. Do something else
  5. Take Turn
  6. Share
  7. Ignore
  8. Ask for help (first from a peer and then from an adult after using three or more of the above tools first)

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Irvine Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The District does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. The Irvine Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.*

*The full Nondiscrimination statement can be found at iusd.org and Board Policy 5145.5