At Parrott Middle School, the results of positive behavior support are having an impact on overall school culture.
Principal Brent Gaustad says that the program provides rewards for consistent positive behavior. In addition, he wants students to have incentives for doing the right things, and seeing the good in others.
The PBS program at Parrott Middle school has twice earned a gold model rating. “We are the only bronze, silver or gold school in the county,” said Nichelle Mohre-Cassidy, the program coordinator and drama teacher.
The Florida Department of Education sponsors the PBS rating, and schools complete criteria to earn ratings of gold, silver, or bronze.
The program at Parrott operates by demonstrating PRIDE – potential, respect, integrity, determination or engagement. “Paw bucks” are the rewards the students earn. The school mascot is the leopard. When staff members notice good behavior, they give out bucks, usually for $1 but sometimes $5. Rewards are given for behavior such as helping another student, holding the door open for another person, and throwing out gum without being asked. The $5 bucks might be given for helping a student who is being bullied, or returning documents from home.
There is a school store where Paw Bucks can be spent, but there are other choices. One time a month, students can use their bucks to buy lunch on the quad, They can eat outside, and enjoy music.