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Students flip for pancake reward

Posted: March 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Sulphur Springs Elementary School teacher Aletha Green pours syrup for first-grader Leiah Abellera during the school’s recent pancake breakfast honoring students who met their reading goals.

Sulphur Springs Elementary School wanted to find a way to encourage students to earn 100 percent of their Accelerated Reader goal. After collaborating with the staff at Golden Oak Elementary School, the Sulphur Springs staff decided to model a pancake breakfast after a similar reward program at Golden Oak.

Teachers throughout the school decorated their classrooms with charts monitoring students’ progress toward their goals.

School librarian Joann Allebrand tracked each class’s progress toward meeting the 100 percent goal. As students reached their goal, their names were announced during the Monday morning announcements and they received a “pancake” bookmark. Students were eager to hear their name read over the announcements and many worked diligently to achieve their goals.

Teachers saw a difference in their students. They wanted to be a part of this special occasion and the results were impressive. During this last trimester, 72 percent of the students met their goal and 36 percent of those students earned more than 150 percent of their Accelerated Reader points. Overall, student reading improved from the first trimester, with 77 percent of the students earning more Accelerated Reader points in the second trimester. Within individual classes, three-quarters of the classes had 85 percent of the students met their Accelerated Reader goal.

And on March 17 and 18, Sulphur Springs students enjoyed their pancakes in celebration of their accomplishments with support from their teachers. Many of those students have their Accelerated Reader goal for the next trimester and are already pushing themselves to reach it again.


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