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Call it Character

posted Sep 4, 2013, 12:54 PM by Travis Redden

It's posted in every classroom, hallway, and lunchroom. The Bomber Flight Plan, also known as PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) has reshaped the halls of Brownstown High School. The main focus of PBIS  is to build good character in students by focusing on three main themes:  responsibility, respect, and safety. Every Wednesday, classes spend five to ten minutes discussing a character trait. Students highlight ways to use what they learn in classrooms, hallways, restrooms, buses, the cafeteria, and during extracurricular events.

To encourage the plan, rewards are offered in an assortment of ways. The first and most common is the Bomber Wing. Teachers award these coded cards to students who stand out in their behavior and readiness to volunteer. Bomber wings can be cashed in for prizes such as candy, school supplies, and bomber apparel. They also can be entered into a drawing at the end of the school year.

One of the most popular rewards is the PBIS Day, which students attend based on the amount of office referrals they have. Past reward days have consisted of obstacle courses, Minute to Win It games, and outdoor carnivals. On a larger scale, students have been privileged enough to take trips to the Globe Theater in Greenville and attend a minor league baseball game for the Gateway Grizzlies. Some students have even experienced the famous “No Tardy Party,” wherein the class with the least amount of collective tardies is treated to a pizza party or other food social.

            Two students at BHS have taken it upon themselves to lead their classmates in PBIS spirit. Dustin Lawson (senior) and Kyrstyn Fitch (sophomore) work together to encourage and demonstrate the characteristics taught during discussions. Both hope to see big changes in the school, and also in the lives of every person enrolled in the program. “You learn so much about how to be a better person,” says Fitch, who strives to help people grasp the importance of respect. Lawson even uses what he has learned outside of the classroom. “PBIS is more than just an activity we do every Wednesday,” he says,“It’s like a way of life. It’s something I use not just in school, but outside of school as well to help guide myself towards the path to success.” These leaders anticipate the day when more students become involved in PBIS and Brownstown HIgh School makes a positive impact on the surrounding school districts.

by Katie Carson

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