The Positive Behavior System is going for its second year at Lehigh Acres Middle School, rewarding students for desired behaviors.
The program uses strategies to assist schools in increasing academic performance, increasing safety, decreasing problem behaviors and establishing a positive school culture. A school-based team consists of administrators, faculty and staff on campus, which meets regularly to help track process, identify areas to target for intervention and implement the system.
The system is individualized to meet the specific needs of the students at the school. The program was implemented last year with a rewards system that uses tickets called "Bear Paws," which is a way to reward desired behaviors, such as coming prepared for class, picking up trash in the hallways, holding the door open for another student or staff and reporting incidents of bullying, vandalism or peer conflicts.
Bear Paws are not used to reward academics and remain valid for one quarter. Drawings for prizes are done twice per month during each quarter, with two quarterly drawings. Some of the prizes include gift certificates to McDonald's, basketballs, soccer balls, teen magazine subscriptions and movie tickets to local theaters.