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Point Pleasant Borough High School Begins Another Year On Point!Be on Point kickoff

Be On Point, Point Pleasant Borough High School’s Positive Behavior Supports in Schools, or PBSIS, initiative, kicked off its sixth year with a pair of rallies held at the school on Sept. 22.

Student performances, games, giveaways and a special guest speaker were just some of the featured activities on the agenda for the launch of the school’s sixth year of implementation for the positive behavior support initiative.

Modeled after the state’s PBSIS system, Be On Point is an incentive-based program designed to improve the school climate.

“Be On Point and the greater PBSIS philosophy is centered around the belief that by identifying, recognizing and rewarding positive behaviors, schools can change their culture, becoming more inclusive in the process,” said Point Pleasant Borough High School Business Teacher and Be On Point Team Leader Dave Johnson.

“Be On Point redefines expectations for student behavior, while identifying external factors that could be contributing to disciplinary issues,” he said. “The overarching goal, however, is to promote acceptance among students, especially towards the special needs population.”

Traditionally held toward the end of September, the rally marks the annual start of the Be On Point initiative. For the incoming freshman, the rally serves as an introduction to the school’s PBSIS program; for students in the upper grades, the rally represents a time to recommit to the principles of Be On Point - Respect, Responsibility and Pride.

Pie Eating ContestThe pair of rallies โ€“ one for freshmen and sophomores and another for juniors and seniors - opened with a performance by Point Pleasant Borough High School’s Competition Marching Band accompanied by the Varsity Cheerleading Team, which was followed by some words of welcome from Principal Kurt Karcich.

“I want to thank you for your commitment to Be On Point,” the principal told the audience. “Time and again you’ve proven you get it and I appreciate that. It’s because you consistently demonstrate the Be On Point principles - Respect, Responsibility and Pride - that we’re able to do fun things [like the rally]. This rally is an opportunity not only to recommit to the Be On Point vision but also to hear a great guest speaker, whose message aligns with the Be On Point philosophy as well as to showcase the incredible talents of your peers.”

After pausing to throw out Be On Point t-shirts to the eager audience, Principal Karcich turned over the mic to this year’s rally emcees Trevor McNamara, Kim Anilonis and Tanner Gordon. A series of skits gave way to an encore performance by the Point Pleasant Borough High School Competition Marching Band and the Varsity Cheerleaders, who were joined onstage by school mascot Zanther the Panther. The performance was followed by a recap of the school’s fundraisers in support of Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.Sumo Wrestling

A performance by the high school Show Choir, who sang a rendition of John Mayer’s “Waiting for the World to Change” was followed by a Pie Eating Contest competition, in which junior Patrick McCloskey eked out a win over Athletic Director Chris Ferrone.

Next, teachers Liz Ramos and Pat Brady suited up in inflatable Sumo wrestler costumes and battled it out for charity in a Sumo Wrestling Competition. The two teachers were chosen by students’ donations made in support of hurricane relief. For weeks leading up to the kickoff rally, students selected the teachers they wanted to by donating their spare change to specially marked receptacles during their lunch periods. The teachers with the most money donated in their jar, were named contestants. The fundraiser yielded over $75 and resulted in a hilarious wrestling match that saw Ms. Ramos repeatedly overtake Mr. Brady.

Additional skits, and a Lip Sync Battle rounded out the rally’s schedule before its culminating keynote speaker โ€“ Chris Firriolo, CEO and Founder of Victory Road, an organization dedicated to promoting and developing leadership.

Sumo Wrestling“I always look forward to the Be On Point kickoff as well as to the annual launches of all our schools’ character education programs,” said Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith.

“Our schools’ character education teams do a tremendous job of designing fun and engaging events to introduce the programs’ principles for incoming students while providing a refresher to our returning students,” he said. “The events represent a time for renewed school spirit and positivity while providing a platform to honor our students and staff for various accomplishments.

“I also commend our staff for consistently finding guest speakers who successfully engage our students with messages that are as important as they are compelling, like Chris Firriolo,” he said. “Mr. Firriolo’s words about the importance of being a leader are critical for our students to hear at this junction between high school and their future pursuits โ€“ be it higher education or professional careers.

“His message as well as the entire PBSIS kickoff celebration is central to the Be On Point initiative, promoting respect, responsibility and pride among our students,” he said.

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