School Info

Desert Willow

Cave Creek, Arizona







Watch a video showing what PBIS looks like in K-12 schools:

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)

PBIS Staff Handbook








Lesson Plans

Classroom – Respectful
Classroom – Responsible
Classroom – Kind

Walkways – Respectful
Walkways - Responsible
Walkways - Kind

Restroom – Respectful
Restroom - Responsible
Restroom - Kind

Cafeteria – Respectful
Cafeteria - Responsible
Cafeteria - Kind

Playground – Respectful
Playground – Responsible
Playground – Kind

Bus – Respectful
Bus – Responsible
Bus – Kind


Our School

PBIS Climate Survey – Parent Results 2016-17

  • Your input is important to making our school an optimal place for learning.
  • The majority of the parent responses were very positive.
  • A few responses had suggestions for student interactions and student recognition.

Please also note of our 600+ students, only 39 parents responded to the survey last year.  I would strongly encourage more parents to take part in this annual survey in order to help us improve.  We will be sending out another PBIS climate survey in DECEMBER.  

  • In response to this data and other parental input, Desert Willow has started a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) school-wide program.
  • The focus of this program is to make sure we provide clear expectations for behaviors and catch students who are meeting those expectations often.
  • We have handed out over 4,000 positive behavior tickets this year so far.  
  • Tickets are given to students for respectful, responsible, and kind behaviors.

As the principal, I have absolutely no tolerance for any unkind behaviors from anyone.  I have been very impressed with the support of parents, even when I have been the bearer of “bad news”.  Every bad decision has consequences and can be a life lesson, especially for our students.

Thanks for helping us create a safe and kind learning environment,

Principal Egan


What is Positive Behavior Intervention and Support?

PBIS is going to be our way to improve the learning environment for everyone. Our PBIS team is hard at work taking professional development training so that we can create the culture that we want for our school. Throughout this year, the PBIS Team will be asking students, staff, and our community for information and feedback. We want your input!

- One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.
- Instead of using a piecemeal approach of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas including the classroom and nonclassroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and restrooms).
- Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.


What are the Outcomes of PBIS?

  • Increased academic achievement and performance
  • Decreased classroom disruptions and office discipline referrals
  • Improved school climate and safety

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