PARKVIEW STUDENTS GIVE SUPERINTENDENT THE BUZZ ABOUT ISATS
Click here to view the "Operation ISAT" kickoff assembly video with Mr. Aldridge getting his shaved haircut on the Parkview website
Hair Today - ISAT Tomorrow.
Last month a sixth grader challenged me to shave off my hair and beard for the Parkview students since, in his words, “you did it for LaSalle.” I challenged him right back and said that I would let Parkview students shave my hair and beard, IF he and his classmates created an academic challenge for the whole school to accomplish. The entire student body worked through the Student Council and determined that if the whole school completed and submit at least 90% of their homework for the week of March 3rd through March 7th, they would get to cut off my hair and beard. With unanimous approval from teachers and Mr. Jockisch, I was coerced to take the challenge.
Wait, I forgot to ask the teachers how much homework they assigned last week! But, I am sure it was at least the normal amount of homework given during a normal week of junior high school. Right?!?
So, as you can see in the pictures, Parkview students earned the right to cut off my hair and beard. The students earned a ninety-four (94%) achievement rate for completing and submitting classroom homework for the week. WOW!!! I bet they didn’t even know they could meet that high mark. Now, they should do it again and again, since they know they can achieve that rate.
The amount really does not matter, what matters is the motivation the students showed in meeting this goal and achieving the end result (cutting off my hair!). As parents and teachers, we should use this behavioral method as a way to help student become more successful in school and in life. It is hard to keep our students motivated to achieve goals in their lives. Many times it has to be an outside motivator like food or time on the video games or to rent a movie on the weekend or shaving the School Superintendent’s head!.
But, even at the junior high age, what our kids want most is our time and attention. To spend time with your child is a motivator all its own. However, if your family is like mine, you are so busy, the kids are so busy, and the family hardly has time to be together until they fall into a heap at the end of the night. Then, it’s brush teeth, kiss the mom and off to bed, or if you are like me, go do more work. So, our kids do not get the quality attention they desire (and need) from us when we are so busy all the time.
Is your time with your child a motivator to him or her? I bet it is. I bet it is more of a motivator than you would even think. So, I lost my hair and beard yesterday, but I see it as a challenge to motivate myself to schedule and spend quality time with both my sons, together and separately. Don’t ask me how or when, but, since I don’t have hair and a beard to wash and comb, I guess I have some extra time on my hands I can devote to my kids. How can you motivate your child? Just give them some of your time!
If your student is taking a test this week, encourage him or her to have a Great ISAT!!!
I owe a BIG THANK YOU to Regina at Creative Cuts for helping the students with my hair cut!!
Your Bald Superintendent
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The School District and the Village of Creve Coeur will begin our joint construction project called "Safe Routes to School" Wednesday, April 2nd.
The project consists of new sidewalk curb ramps, new School Zone signs, and painting the crosswalks.
So, there will be construction equipment and trucks and workers around and on school property.
This means you may encounter traffic issues, parking problems along Highland and Groveland Avenues, and possible safety issues for students who walk home. Please do your best to be careful and have patience around the construction areas and obey all traffic signals, signs, and workers.
A little inconvenience today will result in a great benefit tomorrow. Thank you and keep our students and the workers safe.
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