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Were Wild About Our Teachers
For Teacher Appreciation Week last year we used the theme Were Wild About Our Teachers. Each day we selected a different animal to represent the celebration we would have for them. We did the following:
Monday Morning Highlights
My weekly newsletter for staff is called Monday Morning Highlights. In this brief newsletter, I spotlight an employee of the week. In addition, I share good news about staff members and their families. Everyone looks forward to Monday Morning Highlights. I find that the staff comes to me to provide info about themselves and their families to include. The newsletter really helps motivate our staff and give a sense of family to us all. We have been doing this newsletter for more than five years.
Thanks for this idea go to Laura Collins, HIPPY Director, Montgomery (Alabama) Public Schools
Academic Pep Rally
Once a month, I host an Academic Pep Rally for the entire elementary school. The pep rally begins with cheers for our school, faculty, and staff. Teachers submit Outstanding Student awards and we call those students forward for recognition. Attached to each students award is a coupon to eat lunch at The Principals Table in the school cafeteria. I also acknowledge other achievements such as winners of spelling bees, art show awards, science fairs In addition, I bring my Teacher Treasure Box to the pep rally. Two or three teachers are recognized each month for outstanding service to our school. The students love when their teacher is called to come forward to choose a treasure. This day is especially fun for faculty and staff because they are allowed to wear jeans and school T-shirts instead of dressing according to our regular professional dress code.
Thanks for this idea go to Lisa K. Huff, Liberty Christian School, Anderson, Indiana
Boost Test Attendance
At the start of our testing week in March, we give each student a cut-out green shamrock. Students write their names on their shamrocks. Each test day that a student shows up and tries hard, he or she is given a sticker to add to their shamrock. At the end of the testing week, all students who have filled their shamrocks with a complete set of stickers (a sticker for each testing day) can drop those shamrocks into a box located in front of the auditorium. One of the shamrocks is drawn for a grand prize. All the students with full shamrocks share in what is in a Surprise Box. That box might be filled with pencils, trinkets, or other small prizes.
Thanks for this idea go to Irene Lemieux, Selser Elementary School, Chicopee, Massachusetts
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