Behavior Management System

    At Ridgeline Middle School, we believe that all behavior is communication, and we maintain positive expectations of all students. We believe in teaching clear expectations, re-teaching as needed, and supporting students with individualized plans when needed. We support all students in making positive contributions to the school and to each other.

    Students are offered incentives for positive behavior, such as Stormy Bucks (a token economy that students can use to exchange for items at the Stormy Bucks Store on Fridays) and quarterly events (i.e.: incentive activity, Electronic Lounge). Staff also send Positive Postcards home for students who have made progress or demonstrated kindness to others.

    Students engage in RMS Family Meetings during their Homeroom time. In RMS Family Meetings, students use a curriculum called Character Strong to learn eight characteristics of good character and to build social and emotional skills through Proactive Circles. Go to for more information. RMS Family Meeting time is used to re-teach and discuss positive expectations. RMS Family Meetings are also used to build college and career awareness and to build a High School and Beyond Plan.

    “Support at the Door” is a Tier 2 intervention for minor classroom disruptions or misbehavior. When teachers call for Support at the Door, an administrator or other staff member will go to the classroom to help support the students and get the student back on track and back to learning in the classroom. Teachers may call for “Support at the Door” for behavior that is not a safety issue, explicit disrespect or disruption, or an emergency situation. Support at the Door is intended to keep students in the classroom and re-direct them back to learning.

    The vision of Yelm Community Schools is to prepare ALL students for post-secondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement.

    A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a service delivery framework focused on prevention and problem solving for all students. An integrated MTSS connects all of the academic and non-academic interventions, supports, and services available in schools and communities to support instruction and eliminate barriers to learning and teaching. Within an MTSS framework, multiple levels of instruction, assessment, and intervention are designed to meet the academic and non-academic needs of ALL students

    Essential Components of an MTSS Framework

    • Core Instruction and Tiered Continuum of Evidence-based Interventions and Supports (Tier I, II, III)
    • Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring
    • Data-based Decision Making
    • Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
    • Creating and maintaining the infrastructure to support an integrated MTSS Framework