This past week was full of school award ceremonies and winter happenings. I’ve decided to save the winter happenings for next week… on with the assemblies!
Last Thursday, Robby’s school had an assembly for all the kids who achieved their Accelerated Reading goals. Of course, the 5th grade went last and it turned out that one of us had to leave to be home when the twins got off the bus. Troy asked friends if they could bring me home so I could stay and watch Robby get his recognition. The 2nd to last class called up was Robby’s. The principal called up Robby and another child to wait and be awarded after the class because they are over-achievers! (the quality is not so good on these photos as the lighting in the gym is a real challenge.)
The first child called up shook Robby’s hand and then the other boy’s hand BEFORE shaking the principal’s! The crowd roared with laughter and so did the principal! He said simply, “Well, I never!”
The president of Stockman Bank handed each child a gold dollar in a collectors case as a reward for meeting their reading goals. They also handed out 10 collector folders to place each of the Presidential dollars in. The children are randomly selected to receive one. A few years back Robby was selected and Grandpa keeps it at his house in the big safe.
Robby walks off. So, I bet you’re wondering just how far above and beyond he went with his reading, huh? Well, each 5th grader needed at least 12 AR points to receive the dollar. Robby had 79 points! That is what comes from deciding to read the Harry potter series!
On Friday, the twins’s school had their Accelerated Reading awards assembly. I know I shouldn’t say unkind things about others, but this is my blog and I gotta say how I feel. I felt that the principal at the twins’s school could have been more professional and could have acted a little more interested in the assembly. She is not a friendly woman, she is not very professionally minded (as in she could at least look professional….. I’m sorry but the face of the school should LOOK professional!), she is not someone anyone wants to be around and she doesn’t really have the patience for little children. So I ask you, why WHY wYh is she a principal of a school grades K-2? I don’t know the answer to that, what I do know is: I have been less than impressed with her! Let me just say, that when she got up there to do the assembly she looked like she had just rushed over from shoveling snow outside her house! Sweater with a bulky vest over it and faded jeans with the sewed-over holes in them. She got up there quickly gave out some prizes for what, I’m not sure, and then handed over the mike to a 2nd grade teacher, exited stage-left. …. left the gym. Each teacher called up her students to receive their presidential dollars from the bank president. I’m not saying the teachers didn’t do a fine job of calling up their kids, cause they did a great job. I’m just saying, that a principal should be someone the kids can trust, who cares about the students and is still firm and a good example. The principal at the school grades 3-5 is like that, he can joke with the kids, he knows them and yet they understand that there is a time and place to be and act right and that he will call you to task when needed. Such a difference…. I can only imagine how the teachers must feel working under her. Well, on with the awards!
All the kids came in and were instructed where to sit on the floor since the parents were sitting at the lunch tables. Scott always has to be silly!
A few rows behind Scott, sat EmmaLece’s class, with a little attention hand-waving and maybe a little holler, she looked up and smiled.
The first graders had to complete their Book-Its for October, November and December to receive their dollars.
When Scott’s class got called up he was so excited. He walked across the stage and shook hands and coming back to his seat, proudly showed it off!
Em was also excited to be getting her gold dollar. She shook hands and received her reward like a champ. (We really do brush her hair! 🙂 )
While this photo is supposed to be of Scott showing off his reward, I didn’t really get the chance to check it until I got home. Where I realized that the focus was on his neighbor, who just happened to be ‘digging for gold’!
Once she sat down, it was a bit difficult to get her attention. She finally saw me and proudly displayed her treasure.
This Thursday, Robby’s school had another assembly. This time it was for those students who raised their grades since last quarter. It is called the BUG award for Bring Up Grades. Robby brought up his grades in several subjects.
The principal hands Robby his award after announcing which subjects he brought up.
The Kiwanis club is the one that sponsors the BUG program. They get a certificate, bumper sticker, magnet, and a pin for bringing up their grades. Robby is shaking hands with the members of the Kiwanis club here. They also provide all the BUG students with pizza and pop for lunch. It’s a cool program.