MARTINSBURG — In an effort to spread positive energy among the staff, the Martinsburg North Middle School team helped deliver four Good Vibes newspapers to everyone’s mailboxes throughout the day and year school.
“This journal is a place to build each other up, a place to contribute to the positive climate and culture of our school, a place to feel appreciated and share the appreciation of others,” said North Middle Principal Rebekah Eyler.
If a teacher finds the journal in their mailbox, they are expected to open it and read the kind words left for them. After that, they keep the “good vibes” going by writing a note of appreciation for someone else and leaving the journal in that person’s mailbox.
“We also do things for the students, but it’s something that we have started to be positive about, seeing the positive in others, because the teachers, their job is not easy, and they are doing good things. “, said Eyler. “I try to catch them, send them thank you notes, things like that, but it’s also a way for them to recognize each other and maintain the kindness.
“It helps the climate and the culture when people are recognized for doing good.”
Eyler explained that the diary is a great way to recognize as many people as possible for the good that is happening among the staff.
“There are some people who always do great things, and I send them thank you notes, but we also have new staff members who have really jumped into leadership roles in the school or maybe just little things where I noticed how kind and caring they were to a student,” she said.
Eyler mentioned that one of the things she loves about journals is that they’re not tech-based.
“It’s simple. We’re so tech-driven that not many people write more letters, and so it’s a simple, low-tech thing,” she said.
Even if the Internet goes down, the “positive vibes” are still transmitted.
“I think the reason the staff said they liked it is because people can always find something negative in their day, but it encourages them to find the positive and not let themselves go. negative,” Eyler added. “Ultimately, we can only control our attitude, our efforts and our actions. We cannot control what happens around us. It helps us know, “I can make a difference, and someone noticed.”
Eyler explained that a teacher mentioned that when people notice the good in her, it motivates her to do better, which Eyler says is really the point of the initiative.
“I feel that people don’t improve by being criticized and chastised; they get better when you catch them in the way of the good stuff, and then they build on it.
Being in a post-COVID world, Eyler explained, staff faced challenges around social and emotional health.
“My staff, our mission statement is ‘Whatever it takes’ – they walk, they talk about it, and they really don’t see it as a challenge, they see it as a privilege to work with these students, and they’re always looking for ways to make this the best possible situation for every child.