South Middle School Supports PBIS
At South Middle School, we support our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program on many levels. Our different ambassador groups do a great job of representing our students in being active members of our building, helping with all sorts of fundraising efforts and collection drives, going into classrooms and teaching lessons on teamwork and positive behaviors, and creating positive messages to display throughout the building. Last week, we had the extraordinary opportunity to attend the Let’s Move presentation featuring Michelle Obama at Wells Fargo Arena! We had a great time finding new ways to be active and even found a dance called the Interlude that we are anxious to teach the rest of the school!
As teachers and staff members, we have also been discussing ways that we can continue to focus on the “positive” side of PBIS. Many students and teachers have been working together to find ways to recognize students for the good work they do and the great behaviors they display on a daily basis. Students have opportunities to earn Warrior cards that they are able to spend in a variety of ways as a team with our Warrior cart store and also within individual classrooms. We are seeing a lot of students make progress in their understanding of our Five Keys to Success and how that can look for them not just in school but at home as well.
Counselors have also been going into classrooms and talking with all of our students about the different roles we take on in bullying. They have also talked about the importance of the bystander and how powerful the message from the bystander can be if they don’t support the bullying behavior. Our Stop, Walk, and Talk program puts students into real-life scenarios where they can practice telling someone to stop, then be able to walk away from the incident, and then to go and talk to an adult about it.