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Northern Middle School Receives the Maryland PBIS Gold Recognition Award

Last Updated on Oct 31, 2013 at 9:11am | Public Information Office

Northern Middle School received the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Maryland GOLD Recognition Award for the 2012-13 school year. This is the highest level of recognition available in the PBIS Maryland program. This level of recognition is reserved for those schools that have demonstrated sustainability for the systems, practices, and data utilization for school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports, as well as positive effects on both school discipline and achievement data for at least two years. Northern Middle School’s PBIS Team had previously achieved GOLD status for the 2011-2012 school year.

In applying for recognition at the Gold level, the team cited increasing parent contact, revising the school rules, repeating expectations to students daily through various means, and rewarding desirable behavior with desirable incentives. These positive interventions and supports that benefit Northern Middle School were introduced at the beginning of the school year.

As part of the PBIS initiative for the 2013-14, street signs have been installed on all of the main hallways in the school. The streets were named to reflect the values that are reinforced through the school PBIS mantra; Prepared, Attentive, Working & Safe. In addition to supporting the PBIS goals, the street signs also assist orientation and mobility throughout the school.

The signs were made by Ryan Savage of Savage Designs and installed by staff members and students.
Northern Middle School Awarded PBIS Gold Recognition Award
Photo: The Northern Middle Sign Team -
Front row: Larissa Savage and Brooke Rishel, students; Richard Stevens, assistant principal; and Ryan Savage, Savage Designs.
Back row: Karen Kamauff DeVore, principal; Jeremy Rice, teacher and PBIS team member.
Mrs. Devore places signs at Northern Middle from PBIS Gold Award
Photo: Sign installation by Tim Sines, head custodian; Karen Kamauff DeVore, principal; Jeremy Rice, teacher and PBIS team member.
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