The Red Mountain Way

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“The Red Mountain Way” poster displays a few of the positive behaviors students are expected to demonstrate around campus: courage, respect and influence. Photo courtesy of Mesa Public Schools.

In a new initiative, Principal Mr. Ryan is implementing “The Red Mountain Way,” a positive behavioral system introduced last year by Academic Interventionist Mr. Gardner. The Red Mountain Way provides structured interventions, while recognizing the positive actions that aid every student in social and academic settings. It was designed for the students to promote positive behaviors that exhibit courage, respect and influence.

“There is not a day that goes by without each of us being challenged in some way; it could be a difficult test, a disagreement between friends or even a situation where you feel threatened or intimidated,” Principal Mr. Ryan said. “The Red Mountain Way provides an avenue for good decision making and standing up for those who need us the most. Simply doing things the right way prepares us for taking on life challenges while making a difference in the lives of those around us.”

Since this is the first year the administrators are applying The Red Mountain Way to everyday school life, freshmen are entering Red Mountain with a new perspective

“I think the new system is functional and seems to be working,” freshman Daniela Riano said. “I like the idea of the Red Mountain Change, too. I think it’s a creative way to help the students.”

Students will receive a reward for their good deeds by collecting Red Mountain Change from a faculty member. If a faculty member notices a student exemplifying The Red Mountain Way, they may give the student Red Mountain Change.

“There is not a day that goes by without each of us being challenged in some way.”

– Principal Mr. Ryan

“We have seen students act in spontaneous ways to better the world around them,” Assistant Principal Mr. Marks said. “For example, several of our football players were out the morning of their first game and invited a military veteran to eat and talk with them, thanking him for his service. We have seen acts of kindness and understanding within classroom during discussions on potentially sensitive issues.”

For more information on The Red Mountain Way and how the administrators established it, visit http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/pbis/.

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