Washington Middle School Awards Bikes For Good Behavior

Washington Middle School physical education teachers Patrick Smeraldo, Sara Fink and Julie Iron awarded two bikes as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program, which is a proactive approach to teaching, reinforcing and rewarding positive behavior.

The winners, Kaitlyn Rassmussen and Matthew Blakey, were chosen through a random drawing of all students who were selected for student athlete of the month in physical education for good behavior throughout the school year. The physical education department raised money throughout the school year to purchase the bikes from the Hollyloft Ski and Bike Shop.

The winners were chosen at the school’s annual battle of the classes, a competition between all grade levels to promote school spirit and have fun at the end of the school year. Students signed up for events including basketball shootout, volleyball, relay races, jump rope, dance competition and teacher dodgeball.

The bike giveaway and student athlete of the month are part of Washington Middle School’s school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program to promote good behavior, respect and safety throughout the school community. The Lobo Way Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program team provides student expectations in classrooms, the cafeteria, lockers and hallways, bathrooms, before and after school, and on the bus. The LOBO Way Program began this year, but was created by the team over the past two years. The program, named after the school’s mascot, is based upon three behavioral expectations ”Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe.”