Celebrating Excellence and Good Conduct
How Do Students Get Selected to Win an Award?
We do not hide our Panther Pride! The first Panther Pride Celebration was held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in the gym and it was fantastic! Be sure to check out the video of the event on our website! We had a huge crowd of parents and friends and the kids were delighted to hear their names called to come to the front and receive an award and a few prizes. BJ took their pictures so we can proudly display our winners on a special bulletin board designed just for them. The next assembly will be on Wednesday, March 14th at 1:45 in the gym. Be sure to mark your calendars and come join us! Teachers will be notifying parents when their child is up to receive an award so they can be present for this momentous occasion, but please keep it a secret as we want the students to be surprised when their names are called. As you recall, the WS faculty and staff feel strongly about rewarding excellence and hard work, especially since we no longer have the honor roll system or a dinner to celebrate student achievement. Thus, we devised a system to celebrate our hard working students. At the close of every trimester a whole school Panther Pride Assembly is planned, during the school day, whereby individual students by grade will be celebrated by special teachers and classroom teachers for hard work, perseverance, good citizenship, academic excellence and following the good Conduct Expectations, the criteria for winning an award at the assembly:
On task always
Nice to all
Do my best
Tone of Voice
These assemblies typically happen at 1:45 pm in the gym after each trimester, however, at the end of the year, it will happen at 8:05 am on the last day of school in June, taking the place of the old end of year assembly we used to have. Of course, we are encouraging everyone to wear the school colors at these assemblies, red and black! At each assembly, students will receive Panther Pride pencils, note pads, certificates, and other awards in recognition of their model citizenship and energetic determination. Every classroom proudly displays a laminated “Good Conduct” chart, where teachers are emphasizing daily how important it is to be courteous and kind, following the good conduct rules, in order to earn one of the trimester awards at the Panther Pride Assemblies. Students are encouraged and praised for following the expectations. The emphasis this year is on a positive, whole school approach to being a good citizen! We do not hide our Panther Pride!
Please feel free to contact the principal or your child's teacher if you have questions or would like more detail.