Music from the school pep band filled the gymnasium as the cheerleaders chanted, "S.O.A.R."
S.O.A.R. is the dedicated acronym chosen by the school's Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) team. It stands: for Strive to do your best, Own your actions, Always work together and Respect yourself and others.
The PBIS team has worked the past nine months to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year implementation. PBIS, which is an Ohio Department of Education mandate, focuses on rewarding students for positive behaviors, while also handling negative behavior with a positive approach. PBIS gives common language for teachers and students as well as clear expectations in all areas at school.
On the first day of school and prior to the assembly, students were educated on how to show S.O.A.R. behaviors in the classroom, playground, hallways, bus and the cafeteria. At the pep rally, students were recognized and rewarded for positive behaviors that were exhibited earlier in the week.
Students also were chosen to participate in a trivia game about PBIS.
The goal of the kick-off assembly was to get children excited about doing positive things and showing positive behavior this school year — not only at school but at home and in the community. Students will have plenty of opportunities to earn Eagle Rewards throughout the school year for positive behavior. They will receive daily recognition through announcements and at quarterly PBIS assemblies.
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