First-grade teacher Kimberly Picciano and paraprofessional Cheryl Benshoff were among the winners at School No. 8′s second annual teacher bowling tournament. The event was a friendly competition that allowed the staff to demonstrate positive behaviors for students. 

students gathered to watch teacher bowling tournament in School 8 gym

School No. 8 recently crowned the champions of their second annual teacher bowling tournament, which played out over a week using inflatable pins and balls in the school’s gym.

The tournament fostered camaraderie and friendly competition across grade levels, and allowed students to see their teachers demonstrating the principles of the Positive Behavior Support in Schools program. Those principles — politeness, respect, responsibility and safety —  were on display as teachers encouraged each other while bowling, and classes attended even after their teachers were eliminated to show school spirit and pride.

Angela Paternostro’s fifth-grade class helped plan and set up the event. They were asked to exemplify the PBSIS principles by taking pride in the event and responsibility for the fact that they are the oldest students in the building whom the other students look up to.

The winning team in the pre-K through Grade 2 bracket consisted of first-grade teacher Kimberly Picciano and paraprofessional Cheryl Benshoff. The winners from the Grades 3 through 5 bracket were third-grade teacher Nicole Pierce and resource room teacher Melanie Rodrigues. They earned an ice-cream party for their classes, and bowling-pin trophies donated last year by Linden Lanes and Jersey Lanes after the inaugural tournament.

teacher about to roll ball  teacher using body english after rolling ball

 teacher rolling ball  staff member holding bowling pin trophy

students resetting pins  students watching as teacher prepares to bowl