TORCH

 

TORCH

(Tolerant of Others, Responsible, Caring, and Honorable)

 

P.S./I.S. 208 utilizes Positive Behavior Incentives and Supports (PBIS) to promote the behavior that we believe underscores a successful school climate and culture.  Our school-wide behavior expectations can be summed up in one word: T.O.R.C.H.  We are Tolerant of Others (Respect), Responsible, Caring, and Honorable (Trustworthy).
  
Many organizations use a torch as a symbol for their values and ideals.  At 208, the TORCH represents the character and behavior of our students and staff.  As a result, we are all TORCH Bearers.  A torch bearer is " a person who leads or inspires others in working toward a valued goal; one who imparts knowledge, truth, or inspiration to others; a person who leads or inspires."

 As TORCH Bearers, it is our duty to reflect positive qualities throughout our school: in the classroom, hallways and stairwells, cafeteria, on the playground, in the courtyard, on the bus, when we line up in the morning, and when we leave for the day.  We bear this TORCH in the words that we speak and in how we treat one another.  Our TORCH sheds light on our entire school day.

 At 208 students earn points for demonstrating their TORCH behaviors and those points allow them to participate in activities and events that they enjoy.  Several times throughout the school year, we come together as a school community to celebrate our TORCH values in the form of pep rallies, awards assemblies, prize and reward redemptions, and a school carnival.  That's why we cheer, "T.O.R.C.H. Every day at 208!"