Jesse Calabio II found himself seated in the office at North East High School last week, trying to figure out where he'd gone wrong.
Calabio, a freshman, was sent to the office and was seated next to students who, like him, were to see an administrator due to behavior.
But Calabio's situation was different.
He was sent to the office for good behavior.
Calabio had to see assistant principal John Artinger after receiving a positive referral form. While some students go to the office for being disruptive or not doing their work, he was referred for being hardworking and respectful.
"It scared me. And then I felt really happy when I found out it was a good thing," he said.
Artinger, who has worked in the school system for 32 years, the last decade as an administrator, said he sees many more students for bad behavior than he does good. "This makes my day," said Artinger. "It brightens my day that teachers are noticing good things." He said there is never a school day when he doesn't deal with a disciplinary issue and is glad when he gets to share good news.
For the positive referral, Calabio was permitted to choose from a laundry list of small prizes - all gift cards donated to the school. There were free milkshakes, burgers, waffles, and other meal items. Artinger keeps a stash of the cards in a filing cabinet. "High school has been an amazing experience for me so far. If I have a problem I can talk to teachers about my problem. My parents will be very proud," said Calabio.