Behavior program shows big improvement at Beck

SUNBURY – Beck Elementary School in the Shikellamy School District is taking some big steps to make sure their students succeed.  They started a school wide behavior program says principal Sue Giberson.

The response intervention model teaches positive behavior school wide and has a rewards component says Giberson.  “Students who are being good or doing an act of kindness are given a teepee and for every five teepees they get a feather.  If they have a feather within the month, they get to go to a special program.  Friday is our first rewards event.”

Giberson says teachers, students, parents and the CSIU have all been instrumental in making the program work, and it shows.  “There is a whole different atmosphere within the school.  Kids are saying please and thank you, they are saying good morning.  They are doing the social skills that we all do.”

The program also focuses on making kids feel comfortable coming to school.  Since the grades range over seven years, they also work with older children on being role models for the younger children. (Sara Bartlett)

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