For the past three years, teachers and staff at Fremont Middle School have created fun videos as part of the Positive Behavior Incentives and Supports program.
The videos started at the beginning of the 2016 school year introducing staff members who sang along to music. The school has released two a year since then, progressing to include students as well as staff and faculty.
This year, organizers chose to take the idea to the next level and create a local lip sync video challenge.
The challenge exploded on social media over the summer as law enforcement and other public safety agencies across the country accepted challenges from each other. Departments filmed employees lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs. Then they would challenge other departments to do better.
The Fremont staff uploaded its video in September. Participants choose “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The video includes nearly all of the school’s teachers and over half of the staff.
“What I love about the lip sync challenge and reaching out to Sutherlin, who is reaching out to other schools, is that it isn’t just the Roseburg district promoting the positive aspects of education, but as a county now we are showing it,” said Karen Howington of Fremont’s Turnaround Program. “It is a great opportunity for people to see the best in their educators in their community.”
Fremont issued a challenge to both Melrose Elementary School and Sutherlin East Primary School. Melrose responded in October with students, staff and teachers performing to Phillip Phillips’ “Home.”
“(Melrose’s) was really touching, actually,” said Kim Danielson, a PBIS team facilitator and seventh-grade language arts teacher.
“Part of me wishes we had thought of that,” Howington agreed.
East Primary’s challenge video, using Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” was uploaded in mid-January.
Melrose challenged Joseph Lane Middle School, the entire South Umpqua School District and Days Creek Charter School. East Primary extended the challenge to South Umpqua High School and Sutherlin High School.
According to Howington, Jo Lane is near the end of edits on its response.
“It’s been a nice evolution of how our videos have progressed. They have become such a part of who we are and now to see it becoming a part of other schools’, it really does make us feel like we are all in it together,” Danielson said. “I think there is always this temptation to say we are rivals because we are not the same school.”
“These are our kids,” agreed sixth grade PE and health teacher and fellow PBIS team facilitator Sasha Aumock. “This whole county, these are our kids, so we are coming together to support our kids.”