UVM hockey players face off with students!

Catamounts Visit Chamberlin

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Thursday November 14, 2013

Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe were attributes highlighted by players from the UVM Catamounts Men’s Hockey team at a recent Chamberlin School assembly. That’s the motto of Chamberlin School’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) campaign. Six players, and Assistant Coach and South Burlington resident Kevin Patrick, teamed up with Physical Education teacher Michelle Soules to bring the message to students about what it takes to be a positive member of a school community and a winning team.

The players talked about their experiences on and off the rink, supporting each other as teammates, being responsible students who get their homework done, and being respectful to their friends and family. Using their team core values of Pride, Selflessness, and Toughness, they made connections to the Chamberlin expectations to promote a positive school and community climate. 

After a round of high fives to every student, players faced off with Chamberlin students at the floor hockey nets…but they were no match for the highly trained South Burlington children who were able to score on the UVM Catamounts with their balls labeled “Respectful,” “Responsible” and “Safe”! 

As the coordinator for the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support System (PBIS), Mrs. Soules says, “this was a wonderful opportunity to have these college athletes come into our school to share and connect their core rules with the ones that we follow here at Chamberlin.” PBIS is intended to help every student at Chamberlin develop self-discipline to make positive choices.
Players ended the assembly by answering questions and joining in the singing of the Chamberlin School song. 

Connor Brickley, a senior forward on the UVM team, reflected on their experience at Chamberlin, “It’s a great opportunity for the guys to come and to see how much of an impact we truly have on the community. It’s good to give back and make the kids’ day and in reality, they are really making our day.”  

Many thanks to Coach Patrick and the UVM Men’s Hockey team for their community support of the South Burlington schools!