On Friday, October 21, Big Walnut Intermediate School teachers, staff, and students gathered for an assembly to recognize 40 students for their Above the Line behavior. The Above the Line concept is what Urban Meyer uses with The Ohio State University football team to encourage positive behavior on and off the field.
“The school’s positive behavior program RISE stands for Responsibility, Integrity, Scholarship, and Exploration in both academics and behavior and was implemented as a means of recognizing students for making positive choices,” said intermediate school principal Ryan McLane. “RISE Above the Line students are chosen for demonstrating these qualities at school with their peers and teachers.”
McLane said the program is adapted from the concepts in Urban Meyer’s book, Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season, that teaches students how to react to difficult situations. McLane said on the first day of school he shared with students what it meant to behave above the line.
“Every day, students are challenged by events,” McLane said. “Their reaction can determine whether the outcome will be positive or negative. Students are reminded about above the line behavior by hearing verbal reminders and seeing numerous signs around the school of Event plus Response equals Outcome E+R=O). Students are exposed to different response strategies that will assist them in having the best possible outcome.”
McLane said there would be student recognition RISE assemblies during each school year quarter.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.