Four Butterfield Trail Middle School students and their guests were served by their assistant principal at a formal luncheon on Thursday as part of a positive reinforcement behavior program at the school.
Johnny Williams, assistant principal at Butterfield Trail Middle School, and football coach James Hillard served a formal lunch of spaghetti and salad to the students in a specially prepared dining area at the school.
Students who participated in the luncheon were Aubree Wille, Andrew Hammond, Kaden McGatha and Sydney Moomey and are all in sixth grade.
Each of the four students chose the lunch as their reward for accumulating at least 150 positive behavior points since the beginning of the school year. The students were able to bring two guests: another student and one adult.
Andrew Hammond, 12, brought his mother Paige Hammond and his friend Grant King, also 12, as his guests.
Andrew chose the lunch “because it sounded really, really good, and Mrs. (Beverly) Fears is a really good cook,” he said.
Fears, a career orientation teacher at the school, organized the lunch and prepared the meal.
Andrew received his points for being prepared for class, present each day and picking up trash at lunch, he said.
Students get one point for each positive behavior witnessed and logged by adult staff at the school, Williams said.
“What we look for are respect, responsibility and perseverance,” Williams said, calling these the habits of work and learning, or HOWL.
Butterfield uses an online service from which staff can download an app to log student points. Students and parents can download the app to keep track of points.
“The parents can literally see in real time whenever a student is given a point for good behavior here at school,” Williams said.
Every student who attends class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. also is given a point, which Williams said has had a positive impact on school attendance.
Because only one point is given for each positive behavior, students attending the luncheon “really had to work to save their points, Williams said.
“I think it’s a great program that Butterfield has,” Paige Hammond said. “It gives (students) an opportunity to be rewarded for a lot of good things at school - good behavior and what is required to be a good student.”
Paige Hammond also was impressed that students attending the luncheon chose to spend their time with school staff and family rather than using points to buy something for themselves from the school store, she said.
VIP students also received a lesson in etiquette before the luncheon, Williams said.