Intro to PBIS

Dear UPCS Parents and Guardians,

Urban Pathways Charter School 6-12 has always strived to create a safe and stimulating learning environment for all students. In an effort to continue to improve our school climate, staff at UPCS have worked together to develop a new framework for recognizing and supporting student behavior, Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS).  The focus of this framework is to create a positive school climate that fosters Preparing yourself, Accepting responsibility, Treating others with respect, and Helping each other be safe.  This is the PATH to panther pride!

The students will be learning about PBIS, our new framework for behavior and recognition, during the first three days of school this year (August 28, 29, and 30).  The PBIS Team and teaching staff created the first three days of programming to promote the core values of PREPARE YOURSELF, ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY, TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECT, and HELP EACH OTHER BE SAFE for all students and the entire UPCS community.  In addition to our initial three days of programming, we will routinely be engaging students in community days and boosters where they will be able to review expectations and build stronger relationships with their peers, teachers, families, and the downtown campus that surrounds them.  All of the staff at UPCS will be teaching their students the positive behaviors they are expected to demonstrate at school. On the back of this letter you can view the PATH matrix which highlights student expectations.  We will acknowledge and reward students who consistently demonstrate these positive behaviors.

Please take some time to review with your child  the positive behavior expectations described on the back of this letter.  Ask your child to make sure they understand the expectations in different environments around the school. Please discuss the importance of these concepts and encourage your child to choose the PATH to Panther Pride!

With your support and involvement, there is no question that UPCS 6-12 will continue to be a place where students can excel in a safe and stimulating environment. Research shows that when the home and school work together, student learning is more successful.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amy Matz, Internal PBIS Coach at or 412-392-4601 ext. 260.  We look forward to working with you as true partners in your child’s education!  


The PBIS Team