(Atlantic) A Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program implemented at the beginning of the year at the Atlantic Middle School is producing positive results.
Atlantic Middle School Principal Cam Smith, who implemented the program on the first day of school, said it was an opportunity for them to lay down expectations for the students in the building. Teach those expectations to the students and then reward them when they see them doing things the correct way.
“We brought students through each of seven areas of our school, including; the classroom, the hallway, the cafeteria, sporting events, ect… and told them what we expected out of them in each of those areas,” stated Smith. “The kids responded really well and for the most part have been following along with those expectations which have been great.”
When the teachers see the students doing these great things they are given a Trojan Ticket and that ticket is turned into the middle school office. The administration then draws for prizes and awards the students for doing great things. Smith says before they weren’t getting the results they wanted through a negative discipline process.
“There is room for negative discipline like detention and suspensions and some of that unfortunately occurs,” said Smith. “However, when you award kids for doing positive things we see a lot of the fringe players or the students that are watching to see what happens. They turn to more of the positive behaviors rather than the negative behaviors.”
For example to date, the number of office referrals and suspension’s has been cut in half compared to this time a year ago.
Smith said, “This means that those kids that were being sent to our office are now in the classroom. Those students that were being suspended out of school are now in school and getting education opportunities. I’m not satisfied with half, but I am very happy with the progress that we have made. Because that means that the majority of the students are doing the right thing and the teachers are rewarding those kids for doing the right thing and its having an impact on our learning environment.”
Cam Smith says he see’s a lot of the former at-risk students turning in their assignments on time and no longer playing the game of seeing what they can do to get kicked out of the classroom.
Another interesting fact, 195-middle school students made the first semester honor roll with a 3.0 grade point average, which is up about 70 students from a year ago.
February 28, 2013
7:00 a.m. news