“We believe that to create a positive school culture, we have to respond to student behaviors and be proactive about student behaviors,” explained Leto High School Assistant Principal, Drew Gehrke. “This is part of our proactive piece—if we set the school up as a place they want to be—feeling like they’re (students) part of a family and connected—that’s going to curtail some of the negative behaviors.”
The Incentive Room consists of board games, an art corner, video game consoles, air hockey and more. It is open each day during lunch and before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students earn “Falcon Bucks” when they demonstrate behaviors known as The Falcon Four: being Present, Punctual, Prepared and Respectful. Students then cash in their “Falcon Bucks” for time in the Incentive Room, school supplies, snacks and more.
“It is a way to reward behaviors such as consistently being on time to class, contributing to the discussion in an exemplary manner, or even by being recognized as a good citizen such as picking up trash on campus,” said Gehrke.
The approach to rewarding positive behavior is part of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) framework.
“Basically, we believe that students need to be incentivized with things like this Incentive Room so we can help them connect a loving experience here to whatever their academic goals are,” said Gehrke.
PBIS has been proven to boost social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.
The Incentive Room was made possible thanks to Edwin Celeiro, President of Office Furniture Center. The 1981 Leto graduate partnered with Hon Furniture to donate $30,000 worth of furniture. An anonymous donor also gifted a $10,000 donation to the school.
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