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By Marc Lutz 

Schools energize efforts to turn negative behaviors into positives


February 2, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Students from Laura Davies' sixth grade class play basketball and warrior ball on a 15-minute mid-morning activity break last Friday. The movement, fresh air and social interaction are meant to help kids engage in positive behaviors.

Middle schoolers move in a circle while a woman beats a Tlingit drum, while just outside other students engage in a fierce and fun battle of warrior ball.

Behaviors leading to suspension and other disciplinary actions have led school staff to apply a preventative approach. Activities, celebrations, contests and other methods have been implemented to help curb what appears to be a growing problem some have blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the 2020-21 school year, there were 13 individual suspensions and one physical altercation between students. In comparison, in just the first semester o...

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