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posted: 1/21/2014 1:12 PM

Prairie Trail School lauds positive student behavior

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  • Prairie Trail School student Carolina Carlson receives a raffle prize from teacher Kathy Kibitlewski as part of a recent celebration.

      Prairie Trail School student Carolina Carlson receives a raffle prize from teacher Kathy Kibitlewski as part of a recent celebration.
    Photo courtesy Gurnee Elementary District 56

  • Students, from left, Aaliyah Gomez, Lizzy Zagata, Michelle Alaniz and Kayla Deere play "Monopoly" as part of a recent celebration at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth.

      Students, from left, Aaliyah Gomez, Lizzy Zagata, Michelle Alaniz and Kayla Deere play "Monopoly" as part of a recent celebration at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth.
    Photo courtesy Gurnee Elementary District 56

  • These pupils at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth played "Trouble" as part of a celebration to laud positive student behavior. From left are Nick Galaviz, Eric Jensen, Shane Ibrahim and Omar Donato.

      These pupils at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth played "Trouble" as part of a celebration to laud positive student behavior. From left are Nick Galaviz, Eric Jensen, Shane Ibrahim and Omar Donato.
    Photo courtesy Gurnee Elementary District 56

 
Gurnee Elementary District 56 submission

Gurnee Elementary District 56's Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth recently held an assembly to celebrate positive student behavior, part of the research-based Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program.

About 540 River Trail School students in third through fifth grades switched to Prairie Trail when it debuted in January, 2013. At the same time, roughly 450 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade at flood-prone Gurnee Grade School on Kilbourne Road moved into the renamed River Trail School in Gurnee on O'Plaine Road.

As part of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports effort at Prairie Trail, quarterly assemblies have been held this academic year to honor students of the month, nominated by each classroom teacher, and pupils of the quarter.

Students who are caught "being good" can earn what are known as prize tickets. They are able to enter into a weekly classroom drawing or the quarterly schoolwide raffle.

Following a recent assembly, Prairie Trail students had a game day where they could enjoy "Monopoly," "Uno," "Trouble," "Apples to Apples" or "Bananagrams." Prairie Trail School believes that if it's worth doing, it's worth celebrating.

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