Dear Paper Mill Families,

This year, your child will be introduced to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at Paper Mill. PBIS is a district-wide initiative and this approach is being used in every elementary school across Westfield. The positive approach of PBIS ensures that our students will be taught expected behaviors. They will be acknowledged when they succeed and will be re-taught the expectations when they make mistakes.

At Paper Mill, we have four school wide expectations, connected to our mascot – the Panther! These expectations are referred to as ROAR and stand for:

                R: Respect (Respect others)

                O: Ownership (Ownership over your body, words and materials)

                A: Achievement (Be an active learner and give your best effort)

                R: Responsibility (Responsible for your actions, school property, and materials)

Please talk to your child about ROAR behaviors to learn more about what is new at Paper Mill. Consider the following questions to help you start:

  • What does ROAR stand for?
  • How can you show ROAR behaviors at school?
  • Why is it important to follow ROAR expectations?
  • What do you already do that is ROAR behavior?
  • How do you feel when you follow ROAR behavior?
  • When was the last time you showed ROAR behavior?


Last year, we began rolling out PBIS by beginning with hallway expectations first. We hoped that this would be a great way for students to learn what PBIS is and begin to use the language of ROAR behaviors. Our hallway expectations are quiet voices, close lockers quietly, walking feet, eyes forward and hands to yourself. This year, we are now using PBIS expectations throughout the entire school, which will include all school settings, not just the hallway.

Thank you for your time and collaboration. We appreciate your support and the positive effect it will have on your children in this learning environment. Please check our monthly newsletters for more updates on PBIS at Paper Mill.

The PBIS Team