On Friday, August 30th, McAndrew Elementary held its monthly mission and birthday celebration in the gym. The monthly mission in August was the same as August’s mission last year due to the magnitude of the mission and how it sets the tone for the rest of the school year.
“Being Safe, Being Respectful and Being Responsible are huge pieces to how Ainsworth Community Schools operates, so it is essential we start each year reiterating the importance of those concepts with the students,” stated Mr. Childers.
Throughout the month of August, students were given recognition slips each time they were “caught” meeting or exceeding the expectations of the August Mission.
“It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of the positive culture Mr. Childers has worked so hard to encourage and implement,” Mrs. Jen Lentz said “The successes we are seeing as a whole are a testament to the new processes he has put into place to encourage our students to do their very best each day at school and in the community.”
Mr. Childers and Mrs. Lentz drew winning names from different buckets students were able to place their names in each time they received a positive recognition slip. The buckets the students could choose to put their names in were “Brownies and Ice Cream with the Principal,” “Lunch with the Principal,” “Free Book Pick” and “Extra Computer Time.” There was also a “Student of the Month” awarded to the student that exceeded the expectations at Ainsworth Community Schools on a regular basis during the month of August.
Last year, the final award given out was “Class of the Month.” This year, in order to promote teamwork throughout the elementary, there are “house” teams made up of students from different grade levels. Instead of “Class of the Month” the elementary awarded a “House of the Month.” The “House of the Month” winner is the “house” with the most recognition slips earned for each month. McAndrew Elementary has seven “house” teams: Black Bulldogs, Blue Bucks, Neon Ninjas, Gray Gremlins, Pink Flamingos, Silver Broncs and Purple Pirates.
The winners of the “Brownies and Ice Cream with the Principal” were Elsie G., Barrett A., Reagan M., Emily S., Clay O., Matthew S., Rex L., and Kailey C. The winners of the “Free Book Picks” were Isabella P., Auroura D., and Raelynn R. The winners of the “Extra Computer Time” were Cody C. and Solomon P. The winner of “Lunch with the Principal” was Andrew A.
August’s “Student of the Month” winner was Everleigh O. Evie was chosen because she consistently went above and beyond meeting and exceeding the McAndrew Elementary expectations. “Evie is the type of student you can count on every single day to do the right thing and to be a leader by example. She consistently pushes herself in the classroom, as well as all other areas of the school. Evie isn’t afraid to jump in and help younger students that may be struggling because she knows it’s the right thing to do. Her smile is contagious and brings a sense of calm and belonging to any area,” Mr. Childers said with a smile.
Lastly, the “House of the Month” was the Black Bulldogs. Students part of that house are Monroe B., Jackson M., Kimberlyn D., Ariyah V., Lunna F., Tristan S., Jamie F., Kaedyn R., Mia C., Luke L., Isabelle A., Drew P., Danni B., Conner M., Ava G., Matthew S., Conner H., Bateson R., Kyle F., Bear R. and Jadaris G. The teacher leaders for the Black Bulldogs are Mrs. Scholtes, Miss Walker and Mrs. Arens. They did an awesome job meeting and exceeding the expectations of Being Safe, Being Respectful and Being Responsible all month.
“Seeing the progress we made in year one carry directly over to year two has been extremely rewarding. The students that were part of the House of the Month are all students that are working hard to not only consistently meet and exceed our expectations, but they are also developing as leaders our school and community can be proud of,” remarked Mrs. Amanda Ganser.
The September Mission is to “Be the Good” while showing kindness at all times. Mr. Childers talked with the students about the “why” behind the mission and some of the ways it could look to meet and exceed the expectations for the mission.
“Some days are more difficult than others when it comes to showing kindness and doing good things, but it’s our mission to strive to be our best and meet or exceed the mission at all times. Our world needs more good in it and that has to start at the fundamental level of this mission. September’s mission is going to be a trendsetter for how we continue to operate here at Ainsworth Community Schools. Whether it’s a smile, a kind word, becoming friends with a new student, or simply showing up at school and doing our best, we are going to be the best version of ourselves each day because that’s who we are and what we do at Ainsworth Community Schools,” explained Mr. Childers.
When asked about the monthly mission, Superintendent Dale Hafer stated, “The whole district is off to a positive and productive start to the 2019-20 school year. Deliberate efforts, such as the monthly mission by Mr. Childers and the Elementary staff, are key to our continued efforts to maintain a safe, positive and respectful culture here at ACS.”
Mr. Childers concluded by stating, “As a school system, we made great strides in year one to set some common expectations and use common language of instruction throughout the elementary. I’m even more excited this year with the possibilities because our middle school has joined in on our monthly missions and our common language of expectations.
“The middle school teachers are currently putting in the work the elementary teachers put in last year and I can already see some of the results of their dedication and tenacity in teaching and reteaching expectations. Ultimately, we want to do what is best for every kid that walks through the doors at Ainsworth Community Schools and consistency will set kids up for their highest levels of success. I want kids to love coming to school because of the consistency and positivity we have as an entire school system.
“With that being said, I would like to challenge the community to join our mission(s), as well. We have an opportunity to do something spectacular here in our small community, but it is going to take a united approach between the school system and all community stakeholders. I need people to believe in what we’re doing and to get on board with where we’re going as a school system. As a community and school, we have to be on board with the concept of doing what is best right now while also understanding that our vision is to create successful students/people after they leave our school system.”
This will be the eighth year that Ainsworth Community Schools will be offering the BACKPACK PROGRAM to help families stretch their food supply over the weekends when the students are not participating in the school lunch program. This year we will be serving Kindergarten through 8th grade students. If this sounds like something that your family would find helpful, please complete the google doc using the following link. Please complete by Friday August 30, 2019. It will be a first come, first served basis.