Two Westfield Academy and Central School ELA teachers have teamed up to bring students an exciting new way to show respect.
The presentation titled "PBIS Elementary Plan" will bring active participation from the entire student body and shine a light on respecting one another.
ELA Teacher Shanda Duclan said she wanted to "promote positive behavior" and this "school wide program" will enhance "respect in the hallways, buses and cafeterias."
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From Left: Fifth grade ELA teachers Shanda Duclan and Chantelle Liddell are seen here presenting a fresh new rewards program to the Westfield Academy and Central School District board members called the PBIS Elementary Plan.
ELA Fifth Grade Teacher Chantelle Liddell said each class gets a cup placed on their table in the cafeteria.
"Each cup is a different color that represents one specific thing, green means everyone is showing respect, yellow means it is starting to get too noisy, and red means everyone has to stop and regroup," she said.
Along with the cup system students will also be encouraged to collect little paw print stickers. If the students get 100 stickers ether as a class or individually they will have a full grid. The students get a piece of the emblem every time they reach 100 stickers, and there are only six pieces. Once the students reach a level they get a prize, such as free homework night or a movie in the auditorium.
Liddell went on to present her own ideas about the common core shifts to the board of education.
"I spent the first two months of the school year breaking down a document for my students," she said.
Liddell said she is "very impressed" with how her students are taking in the novel she is introducing to them this year.
"They get mad when I tell them we are going to stop reading for the day because they want more," she said. "As teachers that is a great problem for us to have."
Liddell also applied the concept that her students apply what they read to real life situations.
In other business the board approved Colleen Myers as part-time cafeteria member for the remainder of the school year and approved Sara Maiorana as substitute teacher for the remainder of the school year.
The board also discussed creating an "anti-bullying environment" for the student body.
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