February break came and went, and for many students it was refreshing and invigorating. In the spirit of re-energizing, Veronica E. Connor Middle School recently hosted a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support week. The premise behind PBIS is to promote and reinforce positive behaviors in students and to establish a climate where character and respect is valued and rewarded.
The Viking Values of Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe have been instilled throughout the middle school as expectations for students, but in the spirit of continued galvanization of these principles, PBIS week challenged students to create posters that depict the Viking Values. The middle school students rose to the challenge and the hallways have been bedecked with posters demonstrating ways to be safe, correct things to say to be respectful and reminders of what to do to be responsible. The winning poster, created by Joshua Schaefer and Chloe McQuestion showed all of the Values and demonstrated exactly how they can be accomplished through photographs (with the help of Lora Randles).
Continued activities throughout PBIS week included daily motivational announcements with quotes from famous people reinforcing the importance of character and a Viking spirit day where all students, faculty and staff were encouraged to sport the color blue to promote the Viking Values. Throughout the week teachers also issued Viking Value Tickets to students. Students earning tickets were entered into a drawing to win gift certificates to several local establishments.