During the month of February, AMS focused on our PBIS rewards system. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, which is a way teachers and administrators show students the importance of behavior, as well as academics. For instance, our fourth-hour teachers spent time reviewing behaviors that are acceptable in school and therefore, rewarded.
There was also a strong focus on anti-bullying, both at school and online. If a student successfully follows the PBIS system, they will see their work pay off. This means if you have good attendance and behavior throughout the marking period you are rewarded on a specific Friday with various activities to choose from.
Some options included electronics hour, which is an opportunity for students to bring their electronic devices to listen to music or play games on their phones (my personal choice) or a gym class where you have free choice for activities during the final hour of school.
If you fail to pass the expectations needed to earn this privilege, then you cannot participate. Arthurs is happy to say that this year more kids have earned this privilege than during previous years. We are very proud of this accomplishment, and proud of our strong position on anti-bullying.
March also starts the beginning of track for Arthur’s Middle School. Last year’s track team broke many records. This year the track team will add some new runners. I’m sure they will be ready to embark on their journey to break and set new records.
Arthur’s students are looking forward to spring break, which will likely be the subject of my next article!
Nick Burke is a seventh grader at Arthurs Middle School.