Discipline / PBIS

We utilize PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support) at Farnsworth School. PBIS is an approach used by school personnel to establish evidence-based behavioral interventions to help students achieve success in social, emotional, and academic areas. One of the tenets of this proactive approach to behavior management involves shifting the focus to positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate student behaviors.

Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of schoolwide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

Students will receive lucky horseshoes from staff members in the building for exhibiting the PBIS Mustang standards. These horseshoes can be traded in for rewards at the end of each month.

Farnsworth School will still follow the CPS Student Code of Conduct of the Chicago Public Schools. This code identifies inappropriate student behavior and provides for specific disciplinary action for each category of misconduct. Each student receives a copy of the SCC each school year. Teachers will review the SCC with students (as appropriate to grade level) during the first week of school. If a student engages in a minor SCC infraction, a staff member will fill out a Minor Incident form and contact the parents. If a student receives multiple minors or engages in a Major infraction, a staff member will fill out the Office referral form and an office level consequence will be assigned. If a student receives an office level consequence per the SCC; a staff member will contact the parents/guardians verbally as well as send a notice home in writing.

Please see the new PBIS MUSTANG Standards!

We are Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Proud. We are MUSTANGS!



James B. Farnsworth Elementary School CPS Level 1 School

5414 N. Linder Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60630

Phone: (773) 534-3535 Fax: (773) 534-3515


Principal Barbara Oken

Assistant Principal Julie Walsh