by Kelly McKewin, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Over the course of fourth quarter, WHS’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) team will be hosting a variety of activities to help encourage positive behavior around the school.
One of the main activities is going to be “Everyday Hero” cards that teachers will fill out each month. Through the year, Angela Ginnan, associate principal of operations, has encouraged students to write in about their “Everyday Heroes,” but the roles will now be reversed with the new PBIS activity, with each staff member in the building nominating a student to be their hero every month.
“(The cards) are going to recognize a student for being responsible or respectful,” Derrick Williamson, dean of students, said. “Then we’re going to post these cards up where everybody can read them. We know our kids are responsible and we know that our kids are respectful, we just don’t say it enough.”
The other main activity that PBIS will host this year will be spontaneous raffles that occur during first period classes. Only the staff will know when the raffles will occur, but every student who is on time to their first period class on the day that the raffles occur will be entered into it for a chance to win prizes. The raffles will occur approximately once a month.
Earlier this month, PBIS also hosted a hot chocolate breakfast as a way to promote punctuality. Students who arrived at school before 7:25 a.m. were able to attend the breakfast.
“In less than 30 minutes, we taught over 300 students some pointers on how to get to school on time. We showed them a video, gave them a quiz, and then gave them breakfast as a way of saying ‘Thanks for being on time,'” Mr. Williamson said.
Next year, PBIS plans to host larger activities that will promote even more positive behavior around the school.