Evolving to build Cobras with Character at Triton
Triton Middle School continues to recognize and highlight students that have done the right thing. As a way to do that, the school implemented its Cobras with Character program to not only encourage students to do the right thing, but also recognize them in front of their peers.
So far this year, TMS principal Luke Lutterman and social worker Tricia Johnson have been pleased with how the program has worked. This year's theme is kindness.
“We want to continue to build a culture that is focused on improvement and high expectations. It is great to be able to reinforce positive behavior by recognizing students for doing the right thing,” Lutterman said. “We are off to an absolutely fantastic start and the Cobras with Character Program is just one piece of how we recognize positive behavior.”
The Cobras with Character program has been put in place to help reinforce positive behavior. Each month carries a different theme at the middle school, which ranges from school pride to online behavior. To open the year, September’s theme was simply be kind.
“I’m liking the ‘be kind’ theme,” Johnson said. “We’ve focused a lot on our bullying prevention, and this is an extension of that. Students are embracing our new motto and the teachers are enjoying it as well. We’ve had some positive culture change.”
Those who have exemplified that month’s theme for a longer period of time are selected to be a part of the Cobras with Character assembly at the end of each month where one student per grade is recognized with a Cobra Pride t-shirt at the assembly. The word also spreads beyond the school as they are featured in the Triton Times newspaper and the school’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“We are really working hard to communicate the great things happening at Triton Middle School,” commented Lutterman. “We have actively worked to increase parent and family communication and promotion through social media.”
In September sixth-grader Steven Rodriguez, seventh-grader Claire Terpstra and eighth-grader Reece Kispert were all recognized as the Cobra with Character Award winners for September. With October’s theme turning to school pride just before homecoming, TMS is doing what they can to establish a positive culture.
“At times the focus in schools can be based on students that are not upholding expectations,” Lutterman said. “I think it’s just as important, if not more important, to recognize the students that reinforce our positive behavior expectations at Triton Middle School."