Melrose-Mindoro School District rewarding students for positive behavior

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MELROSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Melrose-Mindoro School District is encouraging its elementary students to display positive behavior.

Elementary school students said positive behavior is important.

“Because you don’t want to get in the principal’s office,” said Opal Buchanan.

“Good behavior means you’re not doing the wrong thing,” said Rachel Barney.

“So you don’t get in trouble,” said Mitchell Wollin.

They also said showing positive behavior makes them feel good.

“Because I’m doing good stuff,” said Aeron Hanson.

This is the first year the Melrose-Mindoro School District has launched the positive behavioral intervention and support or PBIS at its elementary schools.

Counselor Jamie Koss says PBIS got started as part of her professional development plan.

“The main three that we focus on are be safe, be respectful and be responsible,” said Koss.

Students are given a mustang when they show positive behavior.

When a lasso gets filled, an elementary school gets a reward.

Koss said individual classrooms can also get a reward if they earn enough mustangs.

She said she’s noticed a difference in students’ behavior since PBIS was implemented.

“I think they really understand that ok if we’re good you know if we follow these three rules, that this is what we get in return, we get something fun,” said Koss.

“Since we’ve had this for a long time, we’ve learned a lot from it,” said Barney.

Koss said PBIS could expand to the junior high school next year.

The Black River Falls School District has a similar program called the Tiger Way.

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