Magic theme at school’s positive behavior assembly

Ciara Bower and Jakiha Kline each said they try hard to behave in a positive manner when they are in their classes at Jackson Primary School along Ridge Avenue.

“I’m always good,” Bower said Friday, as magician Richard Benninghoff, of State College, performed during the school’s Positive Behavior Initiative kick-off assembly.

Kline, a third-graders, said he’s good, too, and that it was the biggest such assembly he’s seen.

The multi-purpose room filled with kindergartners through third graders who heard a rousing drum presentation by the Williamsport Area High School Marching Millionaires band, directed by Todd Kendall.

Principal John Killian said he considered it to be among the school’s biggest kick-off assemblies in recent history, with six classes of kindergartners and five classes each of first, second and third grade students learning the benefits of taking correct actions and behaving appropriately.

In no uncertain terms, the students were informed by their classmates who walked on stage with cards showing what school-wide behaviors were expected. They included: “Be present, be respectful, be responsible and be safe.”

“We’re getting the behaviors down, so the learning can happen,” Killian said.

With the school consolidations this year, the magic manners theme was considered to be the right kind of alliteration on the Millionaire’s mascot magician.

Teachers, too, worked through the summer to develop a number of awards to be given out this year, Killian said.

Any time a student is seen displaying positive behavior he or she is given a Millionaire buck. After earning five of the bucks they get an office visit and select a number between one and 100 and their names go up on the board. When there are 10 names in a row, that group of students gets named to the principal’s 100 Club and students get their names handstamped with the Millionaires’ logo. One of the 10 students in the row is selected randomly to be a Millionaire Magician, Killian said.

Other awards for students include getting into the Top Hat Club, for earning 3’s and 4’s on their report cards for citizenship, Killian said. There also is the Star Student of the Month, selected by teachers, and the student will be showcased by his or her name displayed.

The Gold Dust Pan Award will be selected by custodians who vote for the classroom that kept their area’s tidy. The winning class gets to have the pan displayed outside their door and may also carry it around in certain circumstances. Additionally, students learned how to behave in specific areas of the school building and they practiced these behavior exercises for three days in a row, Killian said.

“They get to wear the magician’s outfit,” Killian said.

All of the students were handed a magician’s wand, which was a chocolate-dipped pretzel rod, and a cherry and white Millionaires’ Magic tee-shirt.