September Monthly Celebration
On Friday, September 28th, McAndrew Elementary held their monthly celebration in the gym. The morning began with the Pledge of Allegiance from all students and staff. After the pledge was done, the teachers led the elementary students in song while Mrs. Jennifer Hitchcock signed the songs for all students. Then, Mr. Childers and the students talked about their ‘September Mission’, which was to ‘Choose Kindness’. The overall year long mission of Being Safe, Being Respectful, and Being Responsible was also discussed and reinforced.
Throughout the month of September, students were given recognition slips each time they were ‘caught’ meeting or exceeding the expectations of both the September and year long missions. Overall, there were 881 positive recognition slips handed out throughout the month. Mr. Childers stated, “We have great students and teachers here at Ainsworth Community Schools. The students are working hard each day, whether in school or out in the community, to meet and exceed our expectations. I believe that is a testament to the excellent teachers we have that are truly leading by example. Our teachers are putting in many hours preparing each day to not only prepare our students academically, but also to be safe, respectful, and responsible members of our great community.”
At this point in the celebration, Mr. Childers and Mrs. Jacobsen drew winning names from different bags students were able to place their names in each time they received a positive recognition slip. The bags the students could choose to put their names in were ‘Brownies and Ice Cream with the Principal’, ‘Lunch with the Principal’, ‘Scholastic Book Coupons’, and ‘Extra Recess’. There was also a ‘Student of the Month’, which was new to our list of awards for September. This student consistently exemplified what it means to do things the ‘Bulldog Way’ in all areas of the school and community. Mrs. Tami Jacobsen said, “This was an extremely tough decision to make due to all of our students working so hard to meet and exceed the expectations here at Ainsworth Community Schools. We are working to develop excellent leaders for the future, and our students have taken the challenge and truly embraced it.” The last award of the day was given to the ‘Class of the Month’, which was awarded to the class that met or exceeded our expectations of Being Safe, Being Respectful, and Being Responsible while ‘Choosing Kindness’ in all areas of the school on a consistent basis. Mr. Childers pointed out, “We had a great problem this month in that it was extremely difficult to choose the class of the month due to all of our classes working so hard to be the best class in the school. A little friendly competition has sparked huge improvements within the school already. I’m truly excited to see what this will look like as we move forward.”
The winners of the ‘Brownies and Ice Cream with the Principal’ were Tinley B., Ava G., Jamie F., Robert H., Gracyn P., Nathan F., Kaedyn R., and Graham D. The winners of the ‘Scholastic Books Coupons’ were Erick H., Leighton F., and Blake H.. The winner of the ‘Extra Recesses’ were Josey M. and Stevei T. (not pictured). The winner of ‘Lunch with the Principal’ was Max H. Our September ‘Student of the Month’ was Addilyn D. Lastly, the ‘Class of the Month’ was Miss Walker’s First Grade Class. They did an awesome job meeting and exceeding the expectations of Being Safe, Being Respectful, and Being Responsible while ‘Choosing Kindness’ all month.
The October Mission is to ‘Show Gratitude’ and to ‘Be Thankful’ at all times. Mr. Childers reiterated the point that we need to continue to reinforce our thankfulness at all times. “I’m a big believer in the fact that when we take care of the ‘small things’, the ‘big things’ will take care of themselves. Some of those ‘small things’ are using our manners, which can be as simple as a ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Throughout the month of October, our students will be focusing on gratitude and thankfulness within the school and community.”
Mr. Childers ended saying, “I am extremely proud of each and every one of our students and teachers here at Ainsworth Community Schools. We will continue to work hard, as an entire school system, to provide the best possible education for all of our students. Strengthening our school and community connection is important due to the size and dynamics of our community. I would strongly encourage our community members to embrace our school missions as well, while talking with the students about what it truly means to do things the ‘Bulldog Way’. Every day is an opportunity to build a connection and make a difference in a child’s life. At Ainsworth Community Schools, we are working to make that difference every single day.”