Central teachers encourage R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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Central Elementary Teachers encourage Respect by dancing to Aretha Franklin’s “RESPECT” during an assembly in the gym on Friday. Pictured are: Nancy Swiggum, Alyssa Cassens, Pam Stoks, Rachelle Jensen, Alissa Friend, Kyle Evenski and Jake Schrupp. (NYA Times staff photo by Adam Gruenewald).

by ADAM GRUENEWALD
NYA Times

Raise your hand. Everyone cooperates. Say please and thank you. Play fairly. Everyone counts. Clean up after yourself. Treat others kindly.
These were the important keys instilled by Central Elementary School teachers during an assembly on Friday.
Teachers also performed a dance brainstormed by a committee and choreographed by first-grade teacher Angie Honkomp.
It was all part of the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) program started two years ago, according to special education teacher Becca Braun.
“It works on teaching positives to the kids and help them stay away from all the negatives,” she said.
Each month, teachers read books and do activities related to a specific character trait.
Students who go above and beyond then get a certificate and are included in a group picture.
“We just really try to focus on positives and teach kids the social skills,” she said. “And how to interact with their peers and how to be kind.”

Contact Adam Gruenewald at adam.gruenewald@ecm-inc.com.

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