John Muir Elementary

John Muir

Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at John Muir

The John Muir Way

We take care of ourselves

We take care of each other 

We take care of our school 

Blue Stars and Gold Stars 

Blue Stars are awarded to classrooms as a group incentive. Blue stars are most often given by John Muir staff members outside of the classroom. ​

Gold Stars are awarded to individual students as a personal incentive. Yellow stars are given by anyone who notices a student demonstrating the John Muir Way. ​

Golden Awards

At the beginning of each month, it will be announced over the intercom which classrooms earned the Golden Award for consistently showing the John Muir Way in Specialists (art, gym, music, library), in the hallway, at lunch, or at recess. These classes will keep the award in their classroom for the month.

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER supports entire school communities in:

  • Understanding the value of emotions
  • Building the skills of emotional intelligence
  • Creating and maintaining a positive school climate

Learn more about RULER.

Second Step is a research-based classroom digital program designed to help increase students’ school success and help decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence. It helps students cope with challenges, creates positive relationships, and succeed both socially and emotionally. These lessons are taught weekly in every classroom at John Muir. ​

Four Second Step Units:

Growth Mindset​

Emotion Management​

Empathy and Kindness​

Problem Solving

Child Protection Unit (grades K-3)

Bullying Prevention Unit (grades 4-5)