New ‘S.W.A.G.’ Center At Bulkeley High School

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Stacey Rosado, left, a school counselor for Bulkeley High's Upper School, and junior Didier Narcisse, 16, bust dance moves on the Xbox 360 Kinect gaming system that is part of Bulkeley's new S.W.A.G. center. JOHN WOIKE photo.

Stacey Rosado, left, a school counselor for Bulkeley High’s Upper School, and junior Didier Narcisse, 16, bust dance moves Monday afternoon on the Xbox 360 Kinect gaming system that is part of Bulkeley’s new S.W.A.G. recreation center in a former classroom. JOHN WOIKE photo.

Teenagers are all about “swag” these days. But here’s a new definition: S.W.A.G. stands for Students With A Goal at Bulkeley’s Upper School, where administrators and teachers are trying to make it cool for students to do the right thing. Examples of Bulkeley swag: Excellent school attendance, following the dress code, getting high honors or attending the school’s Saturday academy for tutoring.

Typically, students who follow the rules get Bulkeley Bucks that they can use to buy items at the school store.

Now well-behaving juniors and seniors have another incentive: Special passes to the S.W.A.G. center, a classroom that has been converted to a game room with ping pong, air hockey, foosball, board games, karaoke machine and Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect systems.  The center, funded with a $2,500 Travelers grant, opened Monday afternoon and is part of Bulkeley’s positive behavioral interventions and supports program to curb disciplinary problems.

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