Middle School South Receives Statewide Award

Posted: 11/4/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Gahanna Middle School South Receives Statewide Award for Promoting Positive Behaviors

Inspiration at GMSSAny adult remembers all too well how difficult middle school can be – managing relationships with peers, dealing with new hormones and generally, finding your way as you become a young adult. Gahanna Middle School South is tackling this time of transition head-on by implementing several changes over the past year to enhance the school’s culture and support positive behaviors. It’s working, and it's earning them statewide recognition.

The school will receive a bronze recognition award in November at the 2018 Ohio PBIS Showcase – PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Each year the showcase is held to recognize the efforts of school districts implementing PBIS and meeting the quality standards created by the Ohio Department of Education. In addition, the PBIS team at Gahanna Middle School South will share their learnings with other educators attending the showcase.

“The biggest and most important change we made was a mindset shift. Focus used to be on creating a list of rules and telling students what NOT to do. We still use a code of conduct, of course, but our focus is on teaching them desired behaviors,” said Todd Keenan, assistant principal at Middle School South.
ROAR Rules at GMSS
The school started the ROAR program where students learn positive behaviors such as being Respectful, Optimistic, Accountable and Responsible. The school is filled with ROAR signage, the teachers promote it in their classrooms and monthly guest speakers are brought in to underscore the message. In addition, the school changed its entire hallway layout to create a more unified school building. Rather than 6th, 7th and 8th grade wings, the school is now set up according to subject matter, mixing all grade levels to reduce class/peer drama. To learn more, check out this video from last school year.

Other changes include:

  • Beginning the school year with three ROAR days where students also wear nametags to ensure names are known and pronounced correctly
  •  Ensuring systematic informal and formal positive recognitions for students and staff
  • Developing a student/staff advisory council
  • Gathering regular feedback from students, staff, and parents

Students in halls of GMSSAccording to Keenan, from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 school year, the number of discipline incidents has decreased in every category (detentions, in-school restrictions, out of school suspensions, Saturday school). Even more importantly, staff are being more cognizant about identifying and reinforcing positive student behavior.

“The award is a reflection of the work of the PBIS team, the staff at GMSS and contributions of our students and support of the parents. It is an affirmation that our efforts towards creating a more positive school culture and focusing on reinforcing positive behavior among our staff and students are effective,” said Keenan.

 

 

Middle School South Receives Statewide Award

Posted: 11/4/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Gahanna Middle School South Receives Statewide Award for Promoting Positive Behaviors

Inspiration at GMSSAny adult remembers all too well how difficult middle school can be – managing relationships with peers, dealing with new hormones and generally, finding your way as you become a young adult. Gahanna Middle School South is tackling this time of transition head-on by implementing several changes over the past year to enhance the school’s culture and support positive behaviors. It’s working, and it's earning them statewide recognition.

The school will receive a bronze recognition award in November at the 2018 Ohio PBIS Showcase – PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Each year the showcase is held to recognize the efforts of school districts implementing PBIS and meeting the quality standards created by the Ohio Department of Education. In addition, the PBIS team at Gahanna Middle School South will share their learnings with other educators attending the showcase.

“The biggest and most important change we made was a mindset shift. Focus used to be on creating a list of rules and telling students what NOT to do. We still use a code of conduct, of course, but our focus is on teaching them desired behaviors,” said Todd Keenan, assistant principal at Middle School South.
ROAR Rules at GMSS
The school started the ROAR program where students learn positive behaviors such as being Respectful, Optimistic, Accountable and Responsible. The school is filled with ROAR signage, the teachers promote it in their classrooms and monthly guest speakers are brought in to underscore the message. In addition, the school changed its entire hallway layout to create a more unified school building. Rather than 6th, 7th and 8th grade wings, the school is now set up according to subject matter, mixing all grade levels to reduce class/peer drama. To learn more, check out this video from last school year.

Other changes include:

  • Beginning the school year with three ROAR days where students also wear nametags to ensure names are known and pronounced correctly
  •  Ensuring systematic informal and formal positive recognitions for students and staff
  • Developing a student/staff advisory council
  • Gathering regular feedback from students, staff, and parents

Students in halls of GMSSAccording to Keenan, from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 school year, the number of discipline incidents has decreased in every category (detentions, in-school restrictions, out of school suspensions, Saturday school). Even more importantly, staff are being more cognizant about identifying and reinforcing positive student behavior.

“The award is a reflection of the work of the PBIS team, the staff at GMSS and contributions of our students and support of the parents. It is an affirmation that our efforts towards creating a more positive school culture and focusing on reinforcing positive behavior among our staff and students are effective,” said Keenan.