Students rewarded for positive behaviors

SALINEVILLE — Students at Southern Local High School are being rewarded for positive behavior through a series of upcoming events.

Principal Tony DelBoccio said pupils have opportunities to take part in a variety of activities simply for showing good character skills in the classroom. Some upcoming ventures include an ice cream sundae bar at lunchtime for a select group on Nov.18 as well as a day trip for roughly 30 students to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton on Dec. 6.

“It’s doing well,” he said of the program, adding that it has been building interest among the students. “We’ll do something every quarter.”

At least 100 students have benefitted from the offerings, which are part of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. PBIS, which was fully implemented this year, is a proactive approach to establishing behavioral supports to help students achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Both the elementary and high school buildings utilize a LiveSchool application that teachers and administrators can view on their laptops, tablets, and related technology to track and improve behavior through a schoolwide points system.

Guidance Counselor Nancy Saling said up to three points can be given in multiple categories that center on helpfulness, respectfulness, and responsibility. However, teachers have their own systems and may personalize the categories and focus on such subjects as class preparedness, homework, attendance, and class participation, and the accumulated points would result in such rewards as the sundae bar, field trip, or a movie day.

“It’s a reward for those who have exhibited proper behavior and character in the classroom. We recently did a first nine-week sundae bar for the top 15 students per grade level,” Saling explained, adding that a movie and popcorn day is eyed at the end of the semester.

Saling added that a PBIS Squad comprised of students Cole Pitts, Stella Karcher, Ryley Felton, Tanner Patterson, Conner Lewis, and Ella Mosch oversaw the recent sundae bar event and also distributed certificates to the participating pupils. Meanwhile, more students are taking notice of the incentives and striving to reap the rewards. She said the planned field trip was a new concept and attending students will receive packed lunches from the school cafeteria, plus they will get a chance to tour the Hall of Fame and listen to a presentation by a retired football player.

“It’s something extremely different and there will be a speaker talking about character. It’s through the Youth and Education outreach program (through the Hall of Fame organization) and one of their different avenues to promote good character and education to students.”