Times Staff Reporter
ARMOR (Accountable, Respectable, Motivated, Organized and Responsible), is Northview's motto to promote positive behavior and actions for its students.
The program is working in conjunction with the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) system currently in place at most Clay Community Schools. The PBIS system was put in place in CCS to reinforce positive behavior as opposed to reacting to negative behavior only.
Pete Kikta, assistant principal at Northview, said the two main points to the ARMOR program are to teach kids how they are expected to behave in school, rather than just expecting them to behave that way and to reward positive behavior instead of focusing solely on negative behavior.
"The ARMOR committee put together a matrix of what positive behavior looks like," Kikta said. "We brainstormed about what positive behavior is like in the classroom, in a hallway during passing period, in the lunch room, the bathroom, etc. We're trying to identify what good behavior is like in those situations, tell the students the expectations we have for them in those situations and then reward students for acting accordingly."
The committee also seeks to collect disciplinary data from the school to determine where problems still exist and how the school can take action against those problems.
"We'll look through discipline data to see, for example, how many kids are tardy, how many are messing around in class," Kikta said, "and we'll pay more attention to those areas and see if there are things we can do to stop those problems from happening. I'd love to put my job as a disciplinarian out of business."
The ARMOR ticket program is fairly new to the school as it was implemented just a few weeks ago. Teachers have three-to-five ARMOR tickets to distribute daily to students who are behaving in a way that the teachers expect them to.
According to Kikta, "Students could earn an ARMOR ticket by being polite, being friendly, being responsible, helping another student, helping a teacher and pretty much any other behavior that is connected to ARMOR."
Students have to be caught doing something good in order to earn a ticket. Students cannot ask for a ticket and teachers cannot tell a student they can earn a ticket by doing a certain task. According to Kikta, the student has to be "caught doing good" in order to earn a ticket.
Tickets can be used for various rewards and privileges. There are three tiers for ticket redemption: classroom, weekly raffle and an end-of-semester auction.
For classroom ticket redemptions, students can earn homework passes, early dismissal to lunch or at the end of the day, music in class (iPods), tardy passes and extra reading time.
Weekly raffles take place every Friday during lunch periods, and students have a chance to earn a reserved parking spot, a chance to skip to the front of the lunch line, school apparel, food items, books, school supplies, gift cards, etc.
The end of semester auction gives students an opportunity to use their collected tickets to bid on higher price items like prom tickets, yearbooks, a catered lunch for themselves and friends and items from the community such as electronics, gift cards, memberships and services (hair, nails, etc.).
Kikta is hoping to receive donations and gifts from community businesses and organizations to give to students for their weekly raffle or end-of-semester auction.
Kikta said any organization or business that donates to the school would receive a receipt for tax purposes. Any business that does not have products that students might be interested in can donate money that, in turn, would be used to purchase things for the raffles and auctions.
Kikta is hoping for a lot of community involvement in the program, so that community members can help reinforce positive behavior in Northview's students.