New Madison County High School principal Chad Stone wants to reward students who help the school meet its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals.
Juniors passing all four graduation tests and scoring a 516 on the math portion — the minimum score allowed to meet AYP — will receive a reduction in some student costs and other rewards.
“I’m really a believer in positive reinforcement,” Stone told the board of education Tuesday night. “If our kids do what they’re supposed to do, we reward them.”
Stone calls this incentive program “the platinum card.” Those holding the platinum card gain free access to all MCHS athletic events, free student parking and discounted senior annuals.
Other spoils are an off-campus lunch day once a month (students are basically granted leave to go eat), exemption from summer reading and being first in line for lunch as seniors.
Stone takes over at a school that missed AYP last year in three areas on the initial report, and he spoke in detail at Tuesday night’s school board meeting regarding plans to better MCHS’s graduation test scores and graduation rate.
Stone said the school has adopted the motto, “whatever it takes.”
But Stone also believes intertwining reward programs will help MCHS meet those coveted federal improvement marks.
For instance, the Raider Club, another incentive-based program, rewards students who pass all classes during each grading period and demonstrate good behavior and attendance.
Those students meeting those criteria are eligible for prize drawings, which include a flat-screen television.
“They’re trying to win the TV, but they’re doing the things they’re supposed to in class, which is going to help us on our tests and graduation rate,” Stone said.
Don't you think we (the tax payers) spend enough money on education that we could expect the students to do their best without rewards. If they won't learn then leave school and we can reduce education spending. I don't think we need to beg anyone or reward anyone for doing what they should do in the first place.
Nice to see your education level. Have you ever been rewarded for a job well done? If you had you would then understand why it is a good thing to say and show to you that your hard work hasn't gone un-noticed. Yes, the kids today should know and understand what their education will be to them in their future. But some of the brightest minds may need a little encourgement. It's great to see that my tax money is going towards something for our future. OUR KIDS!
Well, we know who is in the driver's seat if the school has adopted the motto "whatever it takes." Kids, the sky's the limit.
Mr. Stone said, "If our kids do what they're supposed to do, we reward them." That was true when I was in school. If we did a good job we got a reward that would help us every day of our lives. It was called a high school diploma.
Well, we know who is in the driver's seat now if the school has adopted the motto "whatever it takes." Kids, the sky's the limit.
Mr. Stone said, "If our kids do what they're supposed to do, we reward them." That was true when I was in school. If we did a good job we got a very valuable reward. It was called a high school diploma.
09/17/09 at 09:35 PM
BOOBOOTOO & Taxed you just don't understand and there is nothing we can say that will clear it up for you? All the kids who graduate get a diploma BUT giving them a reward for good grades during the year gives them a willingness to try harder for good grades. What better encourgement to get good grades than a flat-screen TV? What would you rather have a diploma that everyone else gets too or a diploma and a flat-screen TV?
I have one child at the High School and two who graduated and are in college. I think Dr. Stone is doing a great job as our new principal! We need to do whatever it takes to get our children to stay in school and the positive approach is the way to go.