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Ridge Hill School

Responsive Classroom & Positive Behavior Support

Responsive Classroom and Positive Behavior Support are not programs or curriculums. They are approaches to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.  Based on child development theory, teachers use games and other activities in a daily Morning Meeting to teach children social skills, such as cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control.

Our school also has adopted the following set of school-wide expectations:

Ridge Hill Students are…

    • Responsible,

    • Have a Positive Attitude, and

    • Show Respect for Self and Others

These common expectations are used to promote positive behavior for all students in all settings. Students are encouraged to make good decisions, be positive members of their community and have the opportunity to be recognized for their positive choices through our Student of the Week, Butler Bucks and VIP programs. We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a school community where all students have an environment where they can succeed and grow.

Below is our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Matrix:


At Ridge Hill School, Students are…





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Follow directions and stay on task

Use indoor voices

Stop, look, and listen when the quiet signal is given

Complete class work and homework on time

Take care of the class property

Line up in A-B-C line order with your body facing forward

Stop, look, and listen when the quiet signal is given

Play safe games


Stay in A-B-C- line order with your body facing forward

Use indoor voices

Clean up after yourself

Ask permission to leave your seat

Do not share your food

Walk with your body facing forward in A-B-C line order

Give silent waves to others

Keep an arms length between you and your classmates


Enter and exit quietly

Use whisper voices

Raise your hand if you need assistance

Return books on time

Visit appropriate web-sites with permission

Stop, look, and listen when the quiet signal is given

Sit with your group and remain seated

Use the restroom before the assembly begins


Stay seated, facing forward, with your feet on the floor

Use indoor voices

Board and exit the bus quietly



Have Positive

Attitude, and 

Help others

Try your best

Take ownership for learning and ask questions

Choose positive peers to play with 

Be a good sport and a team player


Practice good table manners

Stop, look, and listen when the quiet signal is given

Be kind to classmates

Be a role model for other students


Suggest a book to a friend

Quietly read your book in the assigned area

Participate and expect to learn something new

Applaud appropriately at the end of the performance

Follow the bus rules

Use kind words

Share your seat when needed



Show Respect To

Self & Others


Listen while others are speaking

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Be courteous to ALL staff and students


Use kind words

Include everyone

Share the recess equipment


Listen to the adult in charge

Keep hands, feet and belongings to self


Be aware that others are learning in classrooms around you

Be courteous to ALL staff and students

Observe the quiet zone

Listen to the adult in charge

Take care of school property (computers, books and furniture)


Save questions until the end or until asked by the presenter

Have your answer ready before you raise your hand

Be an active listener


Listen to the bus driver

Keep your hands, feet and belongings to yourself

Use appropriate language



Printable Copy Positive Behavior Support Matrix 



It is the mission of Hamden Public Schools to ensure all our students learn to the best of their potential each and every day they are entrusted to our care.

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