B.H. Tharrington Primary School’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) committee celebrated student accomplishments Friday with its first celebration assembly.
According to PBIS Chairwoman Emily Niston, specific positive behavior support programs have been in place at the school since 2008, but this is the first year of a new PBIS program rally that celebrates students striving to be safe, respectful and responsible.
Niston explained the assembly idea was suggested by the committee to the school improvement team. Assemblies are planned for the end of each quarter to recognize achievement milestones.
“We decided to not only recognize behavior accomplishments, but to also recognize other attainments such as perfect attendance,” said Niston. “It’s amazing when you point out positive behavior how most of those doing wrong things change.”
She explained each classroom teacher tracks the daily behavior of the students and monthly the data is collected and analyzed. Students meeting the school-wide expectations are named to a gold team, silver team or bronze team. Each team receives a good conduct certificate. Gold and silver team members receive a coupon for a Frosty from Wendy’s Restaurant.
Niston said PBIS members and classroom teachers will work with students who need extra support in learning to exhibit expected behaviors with an individual behavior plan. One classroom from each grade level also was recognized for earning class bear paws from other faculty members for being safe, respectful and responsible.
According to information supplied by Niston, gold, the honor with the fewest infractions, was earned by 96 students or 27 percent of the school’s students. A total of 118 students, or 33 percent of the school, earned silver team status, and a total of 59 students earned bronze, which was 16 percent of the school. All three teams combined gave the school a total of 76 percent earning honors for attendance in the first quarter of 2012.
“Who is in charge of you?” Niston asked the students. “You are. You make those choices.”
Classrooms from each grade level who earned the most class bear paws for each grade level from other faculty members for being safe, respectful and responsible also were named at the assembly. Jill Holder’s kindergarten class earned 103 bear paws, Leeann Kirby’s first-graders earned 58 and second-grade teacher Chelsi Beverly’s class earned 51 bear paws.
Nistor reminded the students the slate was cleared to begin the second quarter fresh and everyone had a chance to be recognized for positive behavior.
“You are doing a wonderful job,” said Principal Lydia Lovell. “Keep it up. Be the boss of who you are and you’ll be up there (on a billboard listing those named to the gold, silver and bronze teams).”
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