P = Pride R = Respect I = Integrity D = Dependability E = Effort
Several methods are used to help provide a safe and caring climate in the building and to teach and encourage appropriate behaviors. We have implemented a program that is called Bobcat P.R.I.D.E. This program is a school-wide set of expectations that are taught through our Homebase activities and television broadcasts. Students are taught the expectations and the expectations are posted in each classroom and throughout the building. If a teacher observes a student exhibiting one of these expectations, they can then nominate that student for recognition and entrance into a drawing for various prizes.
We have implemented the P.R.I.D.E. program to teach, encourage, and recognize positive behaviors. This helps provide a balanced approach to handing all forms of discipline. We want to provide positive reinforcement for good behavior to go along with consequences for negative behavior.
We want to stop bullying and to help the victims of bullying, but we also need to educate and help students that demonstrate bullying behaviors. We need to teach them to stop these behaviors. This is important for both the victims of bullying and the bullies themseves, because students that bully are in danger of being convicted of criminal offenses as adults at a significantly higher rate than their peers. Bullies also tend to have negative social relationships as adults. We want all of our students to have productive lives once they leave our schools. Recent national surveys indicate that approxiamtely 50% of all students engage in some form of bullying at one time or another. We need to reach and teach all students that these behaviors are not acceptable and harm others. However, research also shows that a balanced approach that involves education, increased supervision and consequences works better than zero-tolerance policies. The research indicates that students are less likely to report problems if they believe that someone will be suspended because of their report. We want to encourage students to report bullying behavior.