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Herkimer BOCES Pathways Academy
carnival rewards positive student behavior

June 22, 2016





Video slideshow of the Pathways Academy carnival shown above.




ILION – Students in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington were recently rewarded for good behavior throughout the school year by being able to participate in a carnival at school.

Based on a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports point system, students can join fun activities each month during the school year if they earn enough points. If they don’t reach the required number of points, they go into re-training to solidify the skills they need to get back on track.

Pathways Academy sophomore Dakota Montana, 17, of Herkimer Central School District, said the PBIS days are fun, bring everyone together for a day and help some students with their behavior.

“We’re responsible, so we earn our points and because we have the points, we can have activities,” she said. “It’s fun to get rewarded for good behavior.”

The carnival on May 26 at the Remington Educational Complex in Ilion was the final PBIS day of the school year for Pathways Academy students. It featured carnival games, students versus staff in games such as football and tug-of-war, playing human hungry hippos, snow cones, popcorn and more. Each student also received a Pathways Academy shirt.

The Pathways Academy is for students who have had a difficult time in a traditional school structure or have to catch up on credits but have the ability to get a high school diploma. Pathways Academy classes are project-driven and infuse career and technical education.

A PBIS committee meets weekly at Pathways Academy and participates in webinars with educators doing PBIS at other schools to share ideas and thoughts, Pathways Academy teacher Erica Haver said.

Some of the other activity days have focused on cooking, technology, art, karaoke and more, and the end-of-the-year event is different each year, Haver said. There also was a kickoff event at the beginning of the year, she said.

“The kids enjoy the activities,” she said.

Pathways Academy senior Errol Thayer, 18, of West Canada Valley, said he has a good time during the activity days.

“It’s all fun and games,” he said. “I’m going to miss it.”

Thayer said the PBIS system effectively motivates students to behave better.

“It helps me,” he said.

Kim Conley, special education principal of Pathways Academy, said rewarding students with activities is good motivation for the students to exhibit positive behavior, and the event brings all the students and staff together.

“They need to celebrate once in a while,” he said. “It builds a sense of community for both the staff and the students.”




Pathways students and staff pose for a group photo
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Pathways Academy at Remington students and staff pose for a picture during a school carnival on May 26 outside the Remington Educational Complex in Ilion. Students were able to participate in the carnival for exhibiting positive behavior during the school year.




 
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