Issues, Opinion

It’s in the cards: Students Think Before Acting

6 Comments 27 October 2011

By Niveen Dabaja
Unis Middle School

Are you talking back to me? infraction to you! PBIS is a new program that helps students behave and get to class on time.

Focus cards are the new buzz everyone is talking about here in Unis Middle School. Students now have in their planners focus cards that keep you well aware of what you have been doing wrong in school.

Mrs. Pamela Anderson

Anytime students are being sassy to the teacher or are off task and horse playing, they get a signed planner. If you get more then 10 signatures, there will be consequences like in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or three days in a row of detention.

Many teachers, like Mrs. Pamela Anderson, have said that focus cards are helping kids become more mature and not talk back and be on time to class instead of messing around in the hall.

Thomas Bright

Thomas Bright, a student here in Unis, used to get into fights constantly but now, Thomas said, “focus cards are helping me because I feel like if I get it filled out I have to suffer hard consequences, because this year I feel they take it more serious.”

Hasan Isayli

Hasan Isayli said, “I feel focus cards are helping me because before I used to have, like, 10 tardies and nothing was done about it, but now I am scared to mess around and I get straight to class.”

Mrs. Berry, a counselor at Unis Middle School, is very calm with children. She believe that students deserve chances, before filling out the focus cards. She gives out warnings so that students could learn from their mistakes and not do it again.

I feel more students are following directions and it’s a good thing that we have a new way to keep ourselves from doing the wrong thing.

Focus cards are very helpful in many ways and schools all around should start using them. It has benefited us by students starting to become more mature.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Abdul hamad 6thhour says:

    i also feel that focus cards also help because they help with behavior and with trust and it warns everybody to not be bad and it also teaches them a lesson about what they do and what they make as a bad choice that is why i agree.

  2. I completely agree that focus cards help me and other students also. Lots of students are afraid to get any marks or checks in their planner, but some just don’t get that in their head.

  3. nabila alhashedi 1st hour says:

    Focus cards are helping a lot of students to change their actions. They get to make a choice to get an infraction or to be good and learn.

  4. niveen dabaja says:

    Yeah thats true lots of kids are scared of getting marks in their planner

  5. zahia moheisen :) says:

    I believe that the focus cards are helping our school become better and have a good behavior like many people i think our school improved from them this year.

    Zahia Moheisen

    8th grader :) :) :) :) ;) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) : :) :) :) ) :) :) :) :) :) :

  6. Fatima Mustapha 4th hour says:

    I honestly agree that focus cards may help you improve your behavior. Whenever a teacher tells you. “give me your planner,” you may say that you shouldn’t have done anything wrong in your head, and you might feel embarrassed in front of others. When I get written up on my focus card, I feel that i should stop with my bad behavior. I also feel that if I pay more attention my grades would get higher and I would be awarded by that. It’s really important to stay on task all the time. Awesome story Hasan Isayli. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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