Spotlight on KMS Sixth Grade Student Luke Augustine

This year, Kennett Middle School has started a new PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program called Kennett PRIDE. Students earn Kennett Squares from their teachers, principals, bus drivers, and staff. A Kennett Square is issued when a student displays one of the qualities of PRIDE (Personal Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence) in one of the following areas: the classroom, the common areas, the cafeteria, at community events, or in communication.

Each time a student earns a Kennett Square, it is entered into our system. Once a student receives 5 Kennett Squares, he or she receives a white Kennett PRIDE wristband. If a student receives 15 Kennett Squares, his or her name is read is announced by the TV studio and he or she receives a blue Kennett PRIDE wristband. The third tier of Kennett Square recognition for when a student earns 25 Kennett Squares is an exclusive club. As of March 28, 2016, no student had yet achieved this awesome accomplishment.

But then, on March 29, 2016, the three Kennett Middle School principals burst into Mr. Phil Faiss’s 9th period Social Studies classroom to make a big announcement. Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis announced that sixth grade student Luke Augustine was the first Kennett Middle School student to receive 25 Kennett Squares! Mr. DeAngelis and Assistant Principals Mr. Jake Moore and Ms. Brenna Levi presented Luke with the coveted tie-dye Kennett PRIDE wristband.

The principals contacted Luke’s proud parents to congratulate them and also asked Luke to share his thoughts about Kennett PRIDE at Kennett Middle School.

Regarding Kennett PRIDE’s affect on the school culture, Luke says, it “motivates kids to be the best they can be” and “makes KMS a happier environment.” Luke says that he feels “proud and motivated to get more [Kennett Squares and wristbands].” Finally, Luke’s advice to his peers is “if you don’t get recognized for doing the right thing, just keep on doing it and you will.”

For more information about Kennett PRIDE at Kennett Middle School, please go our KMS PBIS Kennett PRIDE website.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Mr. Faiss, Mr. DeAngelis, Luke Augustine, and Mr. Moore pose for a picture after Luke was just awarded his third level tie-dye Kennett PRIDE wristband for receiving 25 Kennett Squares.