Yorba Linda Middle School (YLMS) kicked off the 2019-2020 school year by hosting their inaugural “Week of Welcome,” known as “WOW,” in an effort to introduce school-wide expectations, establish school culture, and create a positive learning environment for all students.
“By setting our expectations and establishing our school culture early in the year, students take pride in their school and are excited about returning,” shared Principal Greg Kemp.
Time was set aside throughout the week for students to participate in multiple lessons focused on setting goals, creating a growth mindset, understanding the difference between bullying vs. mean vs. rude behavior, and much more.
Upon their arrival on the first day, all Bobcats were treated to a pancake breakfast prepared by teachers, administrators, and PTSA volunteers.
On the second day of school, the entire student body participated in a peaceful yoga session before enjoying an assembly with guest speaker, Tyler Durman. Durman is a well-known motivational speaker who encourages students to care for each other, make good choices, and become positive leaders in their school and community.
Students learned about the school’s new Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) matrix, “Bobcats REPresent,” which stands for Resiliency, Empathy, and Potential. In addition, information about the school’s new electronic reward system, 5-Star Students, was also shared. This system allows students to earn rewards by demonstrating positive behavior around campus and participating in school activities.
Have a great school year, YLMS!