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Chatham Middle has first PBIS Celebration of the new school year

Posted Sunday, November 7, 2010

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Siler City, NC - Students at Chatham Middle School showcased their vocal talents with the first official round of PBIS (formerly PBS), school-wide celebrations on Wednesday, September 22. The event was held in the school gym, and took place at three separate time slots to accommodate each grade level. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and is a school-wide student behavior improvement model that most schools in Chatham County Schools use.

Students had the opportunity to sing as well as play guitar and the drums while performing using the video game, Beatles Rock Band. Some songs chosen from their multi-decade catalogue were “Yellow Submarine”, and “I Got a Feeling.” Other students preferred to forgo Rock Band and take a chance singing the songs of some of today’s most popular artists such as pop singer, Justin Bieber and R&B artist Drake using karaoke. Teachers even got in on the act as they opened the celebrations by singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” for the students at each grade level performance.

Eighth grader, Kevin Rodriguez enjoyed seeing his classmates sing.

“It was good, and it was a day where most people could participate. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed it,” said Rodriguez.

PBIS is an initiative that was started at Chatham Middle last year. It is a program that hopes to lessen negative behavior by recognizing students’ positive behavior and hard work. Assistant Principal Brayton Leonhardt, who has a large role in organizing PBIS at Chatham Middle, enjoyed the first celebration of the new school year.

“It is really awesome to see so many of our students being a part of this celebration. Acknowledging our students for their academic work in addition to the positive behavior has been very important to us as a school and something we believe in. Our teachers have focused on our school-wide expectations of respect, accepting responsibility, being motivated to learn and safety from the beginning of the year, and I feel like the number of kids we have here today speaks to that,” Leonhardt stated.

Leonhardt also extended a special thanks to the PBIS committee, citing their efforts in turning these celebrations into a reality.

“I also want to say a special thank you to the teachers on our PBIS committee who made this celebration a reality for our kids. They have worked hard throughout the beginning of the year to put things in place and make it happen,” said Leonhardt.

These celebrations marked the end of the first nine weeks. As the school had last year, there will be school- wide as well as grade level celebrations at the end of each nine weeks.

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