Efforts to improve communication between teachers and administration are apparently paying off in the big way at North Union High School.
Assistant Principal Robert Zotz told the Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education on Monday night the Building Leadership Team was working with Professional Learning Communities to get input from staff.
As one example, Zotz said there had been concerns about classroom management - something the Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, discussed then referred back to the Building Leadership Team, or BLT.
"It's kind of nice for them to communicate," Zotz said of involving the PLCs in the structure. "They feel that their voice is heard."
Zotz also said Positive Behavior Intervention is being used to encourage positive student behavior. Focus is on the Warrior Code: Being at the right place at the right time doing the right thing with the right people.
Zotz said he's also trying to simplify and give kids expectations. As an example, if a teacher sees a student doing the right thing, the student might get a 'ticket' that can be entered in a weekly raffle. Students might also receive the distinction of being named Warrior of the Month. The Warrior of the Month might get a select parking spot or be first in lunch line. Zotz said the BLT and PLCs came up with the ideas for the awards.
If a student is not in the right place at the right time with the right people, he or she might be referred. Students who have a minor behavior incident will have their data tracked.
Zotz said the system ultimately rewards positive behavior and documents the negative.