Carson Students Show How Much They C.A.R.E.


Carson School recently hosted Idol-themed assemblies as part of its new approach to Positive Behavior Intervention Support (P.B.I.S.), a program that teaches students how to engage in social problem solving, prevent and resolve conflicts and develop emotional coping skills.

The assemblies were a culmination of Carson Cares, a four-week program built around the C.A.R.E. acronym — a set of guidelines that help students practice positive behavior. Its four tenets are:

Carson faculty pose with the P.B.I.S. student performers. From left: Principal Terrez Thomas, fourth-grader Keyshia Edmerson, sixth-grader Hannah Waltner, Assistant Principal Kaitlin Dauner and fifth-grader Cheyenne Cundiff.

  • Choose Responsibility
  • Act Safely
  • Respect Everyone
  • Encourage Peaceful Problem Solving

Set up similarly to American Idol, students performed their original Carson Cares cheers to an audience of fellow classmates and a panel of judges comprised of faculty. The performances were met with thunderous applause and perfect scores. The Carson Cougar even made an appearance, greeting every student as they entered and left the festivities.

Carson Cares is part of the school’s larger approach to P.B.I.S. Although Carson has implemented P.B.I.S. efforts for the past decade, the administration has placed a new emphasis on proactively incorporating it into everyday language. The Idol event was the first of four P.B.I.S. assemblies planned this year.

“P.B.I.S. has been going strong for almost 10 years now, but we want to make P.B.I.S. and Carson Cares not just a part of our curriculum, but a part of who we are,” said school psychologist Lauren Braddock. Braddock, who oversees a large portion of the P.B.I.S. program, says the kids have been responding very well to it over the past few weeks. “You can really see them learning to care for others and choosing to act responsibly.”

One of the many ways that faculty encourage positive behavior is through Cougar Cash, a faux currency that rewards good behavior and ethical decision-making. Students use their hard-earned Cougar Cash at Carson’s P.B.I.S. store, where they can buy stickers, water bottles, toys and more. Braddock says this not only rewards good behavior, but also teaches students how to use addition and subtraction in a real-world setting.

Carson’s C.A.R.E. program isn’t just for students. Faculty ensure they “talk the walk,” weaving the principles of C.A.R.E. into their work and day-to-day conversations.

Braddock says that Carson’s faculty is determined to embody the same principles and expectations placed on the students. “Let’s live the expectations. Let’s make it a part of who we are, that’s what we’re doing this year,” she shared.

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