A Pismo Beach Middle School was recognized for implementing a national program that helps create a positive and supportive campus culture.
Judkins Middle School received a “silver level recognition” from the California PBIS coalition. That’s short for positive behavioral intervention and supports.
It’s a system that teaches kids how to behave and then rewards them. Students wear ID badges, which teachers and administrators can scan with a phone app.
The scans add up, allowing kids to accrue points that can be used at the campus store.
Judkins Middle School Student, Molly Mclaughlin
“I think that it’s really good. I’ve been really motivated to get into the Pride Lounge, which you need 50 scans to get into and I’ve been working really hard to reach that goal.”
Middle School Assistant Principal, Jeannie Cross
“Our discipline entries and our referrals to the office have plummeted by 50 percent from the year prior, so recognizing the positive, instead of giving kids consequences is completely effective.”
The same system is currently being used at all three Lucia Mar Unified School District Middle Schools.