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PHOTOS: Hastings Middle School celebrates new year with first PBIS assembly

Teachers wore trash bags and hair nets for a game called "Cheeseballs."1 / 4
Students cheered and called out for prizes that were tossed into the crowd.2 / 4
Students were welcomed to the assembly with high fives from a friendly mascot.3 / 4
Students toss cheese balls onto the heads of their teachers for a game called "Cheeseballs." Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Hastings Middle School held their first Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports assembly of the year on Sept. 6. Students walked into the assembly with the eighth-grade jazz band playing music. The first assembly had the theme of 'The Raider Way' in which students learned about what the words safety, responsible and respectful mean at HMS.

A game was held during the assembly called "Cheeseballs." Teachers dressed in a trash bag over their clothing and a shower cap on their head. Reddi whip was sprayed on top of the shower caps and students were chosen to throw cheese balls on top of the teacher's head. The team with the most cheeseballs on top of the teacher's head won. Seventh-grade math teacher Lori Best was the winner.

PBIS strives to improved student academic and behavior outcomes while making sure students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. It is a decision making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving academic and behavior outcomes for students.

The remaining assemblies will cover themes associated with the acronym RAIDERS: reliable, attitude of gratitude, integrity, determination, empathy, ready to learn, sincere.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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