From the Superintendent's Desk
By Superintendent Leonard P. Lueck
Brodhead School District Works to Reinforce Positive Behaviors
Although the Brodhead School District has always strived to build positive behaviors, each school has placed a special emphasis on this topic for the 13-14 school year. Brodhead students have always been known for their outstanding behavior when participating in activities outside the school. The public reads numerous stories about poor behavior issues, but very rarely gets to read about the good behaviors that students have. The general public also does not hear much about how we reinforce these behaviors at the schools.
There are several methods that are used at the Elementary School. One of them is the use of “Cardinal Coins”. This program rewards entire classrooms. Adults in the school get five coins that they can give out to any student/classroom that exhibits positive behaviors. The coins are collected in each classroom and the class with the most at the end of the month wins the traveling trophy. Individual students can earn “Cardinal Cards”. Any staff member can give a student that is caught doing something positive a Cardinal Card. These Cards are then placed in a container in the classroom. These Cards can earn different incentives for the individual student. Students can also be chosen for “Student of the Month”. This is a monthly recognition chosen by the classroom teacher and is for students that go above and beyond with positive behaviors. A group picture is taken and this is placed in the newspapers as well as the school foyer. These students are also placed in a drawing for a free t-shirt.
Our Middle School encourages positive behavior through a variety of programs. The “Give Yourself a Hand” program is a positive certificate given to students for acts of kindness. These students also receive a pencil and their name is placed in a drawing for a free salad bar compliments of the Principal. “Front of the Line Passes” are given to students for making good choices. This pass allows them to be at the front of the lunch line. Another program is the “100% Club”. This is for students that lend a helping hand, encourage others, and are role models for other students. At the end of each quarter students are recognized for good behavior as well as doing all their work. Students that have completed all their work are invited to an ice cream sundae party. Students that receive straight A’s are given a congratulations letter with a McDonald’s coupon. After the Spring MAP’s testing has been completed, students that raised their scores in two areas or meet grade-level goals for WKCE tests are given a reward. All students that are on the Honor Roll receive a letter and reward for their hard work.
Our High School also believes that it is important to stress positive behaviors as well as hard work. Students that demonstrate positive behaviors are given “Cardinal Pride Cards”. Any staff member can complete this card of appreciation that will be sent home. The card is delivered to the Principal who then meets with the student so that the positive behavior can be reinforced. The card is then mailed home and the student’s name is placed in a drawing at the end of the quarter. The chosen student receives a free gift card that has been donated. Some of these cards are for ITunes, gas cards, Buffalo Wild Wings, and other restaurants. BHS also honors hard-working students with a “Student of the Month” certificate. These are chosen by the different departments. A picture is sent to the local newspapers for publishing. There are also pictures of the top ten students in each grade level hanging in the HS foyer. These students have the ten highest GPA’s in their class.
It is easy to understand the affects positive behavior has on the school climate. We believe that supporting these positive behaviors helps our students, schools and the community. Each building has achieved great success with their respective programs. The ES has given out approximately 100 positive coins each month so far and triple that number in positive cards. The MS has had 354 positive referrals compared to just 3 negative. The HS has mailed home 219 positive behavior cards. As you can see, there are a lot of very good behaviors happening in our schools and these are being acknowledged by our staff. We will continue to support these behaviors and investigate other ways of teaching positive behaviors as well.