When New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) officials visit Avon High School in October, they will observe whether the school's core values are apparent school-wide as part of the accreditation process.
Avon has launched a reward program to raise awareness about its own nine learning expectations and instill those values in its students, according to Avon High School Principal Christopher Tranberg.
Through the program, introduced last week, teachers give students a ticket every time they demonstrate one of the nine core values. The students enter their tickets in bi-weekly drawings for prizes.
"The Nine" includes the following values: learn, think, strive, express yourself, contribute, choose well, belong, do good and face challenges. Tranberg said that posters will be hung on school walls as a reminder of "The Nine."
The initiative is one aspect Avon High School is implementing from the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program, which is widely followed in Connecticut. The program strives to help teachers achieve at least four positive interactions with students for every negative interaction.
NEASC representatives are scheduled to visit the school on Oct. 27.
"We're getting prepped for that right now," Tranberg said.