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PRIDE program enters second year

Posted: September 22, 2014 in Cougar PRIDE

By Sandy Meyer
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon Jr. High is starting its second year of the PRIDE matrix and the staff of the school hopes that the students will see that having these set of expectations makes the school better.
The PRIDE program lays out a set of expectations for all students and rewards them for doing the right thing. The staff of CCJH is always reminding students of the expectations and has the PRIDE matrix on the walls all over the school. The school is hoping they can get the PRIDE matrix in the back of the students minds so they remember what is expected from them to make this year better than last year. The staff hopes that reinforcing it will have students make it a part of their school life.
“There should be no surprises,” said Assistant Principal Joyce Gingrich.
The school uses PRIDE paws,which are cards that the staff gives to student for doing what they are supposed to do and following directions. After students get their PRIDE paw they turn them into the office for prizes and awards.
Students say they think the PRIDE paws makes them want to follow the et expectations more than if they didn’t have the incentives.
“I do think the PRIDE paws helps students want to follow the pride matrix,” says eighth grader Allannalenn Lindstrom.
The PRIDE matrix has not changed at all from last year, but this is only the second year so there might be updates in the future. The staff is trying to do better with reinforcing the PRIDE matrix this year than they did last year.The staff just wanted the students to know there are rules wherever they go in life and thats why they started the PRIDE matrix last year.
“We hope that our students will start realizing that life is about expectations and that there are understood expectations they will have to follow throughout life, no matter the situation,” said Mr.Cantrell.
Cactus Canyon plans to keep the PRIDE matrix for the following school years and keep the PRIDE paws. The staff plan to keep improving the PRIDE matrix. The school plans to keep reinforcing the PRIDE matrix and having the student know what to expect in their future life.
“I believe the matrix is now a permanent part of CCJH,” said Mrs.Gingrich.

By Holly S.
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon used to have a tough time with students being late to their classes, but now the school is stepping up its efforts to ensure students are on time to their designated periods.
Administrators have carried out a new rule for students who are late to class. Students who are not where they need to be when the bell rings will receive lunch detention in the gym. If a child obtains more than three detentions, they earn one day of OCS.
Cactus Canyon, like other schools, have had issues with attendance; students would socialize and get side-tracked when they should be arriving to their next class. So, to make sure students are doing just that, officials have applied the rule hoping it would help students get to class quicker.
“The tardy issue is a never-ending problem for schools. It has been an issue since we began here,” said assistant principal Joyce Gingrich. “We just decided it was time to try something that was easy for us to regulate and follow through with, but at the same time would help students know we mean what we say.”
The rule was first announced Feb. 13 and was first implemented Feb. 18 when students reported back to school after Presidents Day.
Although staff members are pleased with the results from the regulation, some students feel that the rule is unfair to most kids.
“I don’t really like it. What if your teacher keeps your class late and doesn’t give you a late pass and you only have a minute to get across campus to your other class?” said eighth-grader Jade Kroff.
Even though the new rule puts more pressure on the students, they generally support the new guideline. Kroff says the new guideline has helped her get to class quicker to avoid detention.
“I think it is smart, but should be enforced on students that are constantly tardy not for students who are rarely tardy,” said eighth-grader Evan Quiroz.
The new regulation has brought down the tardy rates greatly and administrators plan to keep the rule in place.
“We have had many fewer tardies, and we notice a huge difference during passing periods,” said Gingrich. “Students are moving toward class, not just standing around.”
Teachers hand out PRIDE Paws when students follow the behavior expectations of the Cougar PRIDE matrix. Drawings are held each week and prizes are awarded to Paw recipients.

Teachers hand out PRIDE Paws when students follow the behavior expectations of the Cougar PRIDE matrix. Drawings are held each week and prizes are awarded to Paw recipients.

By Ashley Mothershed
Cougar news Blog

Cactus Canyon Junior High has introduced a new behavior program known as PRIDE. This new curriculum offers students rewards for doing the right thing and meeting the school’s expectations for behavior.
PRIDE stands for Preparation, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence. PRIDE should be used everywhere including the bus, classrooms and at lunch. CCJH teachers and staff are giving students PRIDE paws when they show respect toward the school and other people.
For example; If a teacher or staff member sees students doing something to show respect they will be rewarded with a PRIDE Paw. These Pride paws can be put into a raffle basket with is located in the front office. Once a week there is a drawing and the students get to pick a prize.
With the program come some more strict rules, including public displays of affection, which are no longer allowed Administrators believe that if some PDA is allowed then it will eventually escalate into more advanced PDA.
“I am okay with the new PDA rules,” said eighth grader Janelle Digos. “But I don’t think anyone likes it.”
Cactus Canyon Junior High is also enforcing a no-gum rule. In the previous years, a limited amount of teachers have allowed gum in their classroom, but due to disrespect towards school property no gum is allowed on campus.
Some student are disappointed because they feel that gum helps them concentrate during class.
“Many kids use gum to concentrate on tests or just chew to keep their mouths occupied and I feel that teachers should allow it in their classrooms,” said eighth-grader Ashli Albertsen.
Another new procedure being enforced is no electronic devices. Last year, students were allowed listen to music with headphones in between class periods. A handful of teachers would allow their students to listen to music while doing class work or partnered work.
“I hope that students learn about the appropriateness of when and where to wear headphones,” said Assistant Principal Chad Cantrell. “It gives the appearance of being disrespectful when you have ear buds in while someone is talking to you whether or not you are actually listening to music.”
Even though there have been some changes, PRIDE is meant to be a positive program to remind students of expectations everywhere on campus rather than enforcing rules.
“I think the students will benefit from the consistency of guidelines,” said teacher Jeremy Seaman. “Students don’t have to remember rules for each class they are in. The PRIDE program will make the campus a more fun and safe place to be. In the end, (students) will take away a better overall experience at school, and hopefully better grades in the process.”

By Maranda Brousseau
Cougar News Blog

Last year, Cactus Canyon Junior High had several issues with students using public displays of affection. As a result, the decision was made by the administrators and teachers to eliminate PDA.
Over the summer, administrators and teachers met to discuss the new Cougar PRIDE plan. During this conversation, they came across PDA and decided to make a rule to keep PDA under control.
Teachers have been working on enforcing these new guidelines while students are trying to break their old hugging habits. Some teachers who believe that the rule can help make the campus a better place.
“I believe there will be a positive outcome on campus. Less PDA means less chances for students to be intimate with each other,” said eighth grade teacher Candice Wyatt.
Eighth grade teacher Shannon Snowball believes that it is a good thing to enforce at school.
“Education is the number one priority on campus,” she said. “Rather than prioritize and have uncertain expectations of what is OK and what is not, it is easier to just make the rule applicable (to everything).
Many students are upset about the new PDA rule because they feel that the new PDA rule did not only eliminates hugging and hand-holding, but relationships altogether. Eighth grader Nick Selover said that many students are upset about the new rule because of the no hugging involved in the rule.
“Most students including myself strongly disagree with the new rule. After not seeing your friends all break, you want to hug them,” said eighth grader Celeste Gavirati.
Eighth grade math teacher Jeremy Seaman said that he understands why students are upset, but that the rule is set up to stop the progression of PDA. One PDA movement leads to another.
“There are certain things that belong in a school setting and things that don’t,” said Mr. Seaman.
“I expected students to go against the rules and argue,” said Assistant Principal Chad Cantrell. “But, students have reacted better than I thought. Students are showing that they are mature and can respect the rules.”