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September 18, 2018

Oswego Middle School PBIS Store Expects Booming Business


OSWEGO, NY – A new store has opened in Oswego.

Oswego Middle School Assistant Principal Sean Fahey announced that the OMS PBIS Store ‘The Buc’s Treasure Chest’ is now open and will be open each Tuesday and Thursday.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a district wide program.

Surrounding the PBIS Store are some of the staff who organized the effort as well as students who are expected to benefit. From left are Keeghan McSweeney, Sean Fahey, Sue Roik, Chalet Flint, Rocco Favuzzi, Wendy Allen, Sandy Brown and Tyler Henry.

Surrounding the PBIS Store are some of the staff who organized the effort as well as students who are expected to benefit. From left are Keeghan McSweeney, Sean Fahey, Sue Roik, Chalet Flint, Rocco Favuzzi, Wendy Allen, Sandy Brown and Tyler Henry.

Throughout the Oswego City School District this program seeks to improve student academic and behavior outcomes by ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions as possible.

The program is proving successful at Oswego Middle School and through a cooperative effort students will be able to collect rewards for positive behavior.

Fahey noted, “The Oswego Children’s Board, Oswego Middle School Home and School Association as well as Oswego Express Mart have donated money to purchase items from the store. The display case was donated by Robert Wilson owner of Henry Wilson Jewelers and the delivery of the case was donated by Jon Cleland who is the president of Greater Syracuse Moving and Storage.”

The store has been established in the main hallway directly in front of the cafeteria.

Fahey is proud of the progress and said, “The committee spent a lot of time trying to bring positive behavior and the attitude of the building. What is happening is wonderful. On Tuesday we had students come and spent $175 with the ‘Bucs’ they have earned for positive behavior.”

Students not only have the opportunity to purchase the usual items such as pencils, erasers and key chains, but they can purchase the time to site in the chair of a teacher, be allowed to eat in a classroom, have a disk jockey play music at lunch time along with other items.

Fahey explained, “There are a lot of options that a student can purchase.”

The PBIS program goal is relatively simple.

Fahey noted, “It all comes down to doing the right thing.”

“Bucs” can be earned by doing homework, helping other students who may be having difficulties or effectively planning time.

The “Bucs” are important in another avenue.

Fahey explained, “The students are only with us for a short two years and we want to bring in the high school and a piece of what the high school is doing and they will be ready for it.”

It might appear that only students who do not behave properly are rewarded.

But, Fahey explained, “Obviously some students have behavior issues and this encourages them to turn over a new leaf. However, many students always do the right thing and everything they are asked to do. These students are also rewarded for their efforts.”

There are numerous outcomes that could evolve from PBIS including less reactive, aversive, dangerous and exclusionary mannerism, as well as more engaging, responsiveness and productivity.

Discipline improves and thus the atmosphere in a classroom improves.

Students receive support for what they are doing and accomplishing.

At Oswego Middle School a cooperative effort is beginning to bring forth positive results and hopefully the “The Buc’s Treasure Chest” will be a successful venture.

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