Harker School uses the theme Comet Pride as part of Character Education and Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS). The program encourages students to demonstrate, promote, and celebrate Comet Pride.
The Positive Behavior Support in Schools framework is associated with increases in positive student outcomes and decreases in behavioral infractions as measured by office behavior incident referral and suspension data. In New Jersey, consistent high fidelity implementation of PBSIS has resulted in an average of a 21% decrease in referrals to the office for behavior infractions and a 30% average decrease in out of school suspensions.
Our PBSIS program allows faculty and staff members to participate by handing out Comet Cash to students who demonstrate positive behavior related to our six stars of stellar character. Students can earn Comet Cash for demonstrating positive character traits in the bus lanes, in the hallways, during lunch/recess, and in the classroom.
Our Comet Cash highlights the six stars of stellar character so student(s) can be recognized for demonstrating a specific trait.When a student is given Comet Cash, they will be thanked for demonstrating the character trait and told what they are being recognized for. The Comet Cash will then be placed in the classroom, Comet Cash Collector.
At the end of each month, the homeroom teacher will pull one Comet Cash from their “Collector” and that student will receive recognition during announcements and a Comet to place on the Comet Pride wall in the main foyer.
After the Comet Pride Award recipients are chosen, each teacher will send their Comet Cash that has been collected for the month to the office. All of the Comet Cash will then be placed in a schoolwide “Comet Cash Collector”. At the end of each week, one student’s name is chosen from the “Comet Cash Collector” and that student is able to choose from a list of prizes.
For Stellar Comet recognition, at the end of each month, (beginning in October and ending in May) each grade level team will get together to choose one boy and one girl who has consistently demonstrated the six stars of stellar character. These students will receive a certificate, a small prize from the guidance counselor, will have their picture featured on the “Stellar Comets” wall, and will be recognized at a Board of Education Meeting.
Stellar Comets will also be given the opportunity to be involved in a variety of leadership opportunities throughout the year such as assisting with school tours, introducing guest speakers, and more.
Six Stars of Stellar Character
Six Stars of Stellar Character Definitions