Western Wayne Middle School held a Fall blowout reward day on Monday, Oct. 12, for students as a part of their PBIS initiative which involves successfully creating a proactive positive school environment in which students are demonstrating their Wildcat PRIDE daily.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework for improving and integrating all the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. It is a way to support everyone to create the kinds of schools where all students are successful.
PBIS is a commitment to addressing student behavior through systems change. When it is implemented well, students achieve improved social and academic outcomes, schools experience reduced exclusionary discipline practices, and school personnel feel more effective.
PBIS is an ongoing effort of the Western Wayne School District to guide students in behaving and interacting with others in such a way as to promote an effective learning community.
Students in grades six, seven, and eight were treated to a rotating schedule of fun activities as a reward for their ongoing efforts in PBIS throughout the fall. They had a treat time where they could choose from a variety of flavors of Italian Ice. Students also got to a play a Kahoot interactive online game where they guessed who faculty and staff where in old photos. Another part of the day was a chance for them to watch a virtual pep rally that featured the Western Wayne High School Band and the Western Wayne Cheerleaders.
All enjoyed this opportunity to have some fun with their classmates.
Sixth grader Donovan Gregorski said he really liked the virtual pep rally.
“I knew the Wildcat rumble,” Donovan explained referencing a popular cheer done by Western Wayne football cheerleaders at every game.
Sixth graders Jennifer Stump and Paige Shaffer also enjoyed the virtual pep rally.
“Our favorite song was ‘Shut Up and Dance,’” Paige explained. Both girls thought it was neat that they knew the lyrics to some of the songs the band played on the pep rally video.
The band performance that was included in the virtual pep rally video was from their senior night performance that was performed for a limited audience earlier in October.
Overall, the students had a great time enjoying their Italian Ice treats, playing the online game, and listening to music and cheers via the virtual pep rally.
The students look forward to future PBIS activities like this one in the future.