March 06, 2012
A group of parents has scheduled a public
meeting to address concerns with the Wenatchee School District’s Make Your Day program, and proposed an
alternative behavioral program for elementary kids.
The parent group says that the Make
Your Day program has a negative impact on students and that it can erode their self-esteem.
/> Wenatchee elementary and middle schools adopted Make Your Day in 1994. The philosophy is,
“No one has the right to interfere with the learning and safety of others.” Students who break that
behavioral code are placed on “steps” one to five. Consequences range from a short, in-class timeout
to a parent-teacher conference.
Make Your Day has drawn some criticism over the years. Now
a parent group is promoting a different program, Positive Behavior Intervention Systems, which teaches behavior
and social skills and uses positive reinforcements.
In January of 2010, district officials
also heard from opponents of Make Your Day but opted to keep the program.
public meeting on Make Your Day and the alternative Positive Behavior Intervention & Support model will be
held at 7 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave.
Kaplan-Woolner contacted Wenatchee School District Superintendant Brian Flones to talk more about the Make Your