Iditarod Works as a Behavior Program

Our school mascot is a husky, so we thought it was an appropriate tie in with Iditarod.

Students compete by grade level-6th, 7th, and 8th.

We have weekly and monthly “checkpoints” where each grade is given points based on their behavior and showing their “husky pride,” 30 points for 1st, 20 for 2nd, and 10 for 3rd.

The “checkpoints” we check are weekly cafeteria behavior and locker/suite cleanliness.

Monthly checkpoints include grade with most positive office referrals, grade with least office referrals, best attendance, and fewest number of tardy marks.

We then total the monthly points based on the checkpoints and move the grades “up the trail.” The grade who moves up the the trail the fastest, (the more points you have, the further you move along) wins a bowling party at the end of the year.

In addition, the monthly grade winner gets a reward activity at the end of the day. We have a bulletin board with a trail, and each grade has a husky we move to document the progress for the students to see.  We also announce the weekly and monthly standings on TV news.


Northwest Middle School

Taneytown, MD