Written By: Monica Rose Gleberman
Recently, the Rocky Point Middle School students had a lesson in behavior after the building adopted a new positive behavioral interventions and support program (PBIS). This program was designed to teach students the importance of being positive, respecting fellow classmates, and learn the importance of integrity.
Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien said he wanted his students to be award of taking PRIDE (Participation, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence) in the way the approach life. “At the Rocky Point Middle School, we are always striving to be better individuals and, with this new program, we are aiming to soar with PRIDE,” said O’Brien on the district’s website. “PBIS shifts the emphasis on punishing bad behavior to rewarding good behaviors.”
To orchestrate O’Brien’s goals for the students, the teachers put on a skit called “Punks vs. Pride” after the pep rally to give students a visual on what the difference is between bad behavior and PRIDE.
Throughout the year if a student displays good behaviors they will receive a PRIDE ticket that can be used later for a raffle drawing or even a “fan pass” which will allow them to cut the line in the cafeteria or choose the music that students will hear in-between classes.