Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
Week of: December 9 - 13
“The Principal’s Post”
2013 SMS CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Submitted by: Mrs. Doriot
Attention Seymour Middle School! Student Government is excited to announce that we have started our annual Canned Food Drive! Students can bring in canned goods and non-perishable goods to their Pride Class. Our goal this year is 5,000 items! If we reach our goal, Mr. McClure has promised us A Dress Down Day! The team that brings in the most items will receive a special Reward Day! The top student will receive 100 OWL bucks! Please do your part to help out those in need and bring in some canned goods. The Canned Food drive will run until December 13th.
THE “OWL”ey GALLEY at SMS 7/8
CELEBRATES THREE YEARS OF “BUSINESS”
It was three years ago this past Sunday, December 8th, that SMS’s newest Positive Behavior Support initiative, IMPACT, opened its doors to our school store, the “OWL”ey Galley. Students who had been earning “OWL Bucks” had, for the first time, an opportunity to spend those tokens they had earned in the school store for an award of their choosing. Students can earn OWL Bucks for their academic effort and performance, for pro-social behavior when interacting with teachers and peers, and in demonstrating regular attendance to school.
Students have the opportunity to “shop” during their lunch periods on Wednesday’s and Friday’s of each week.
I would like to again thank those individuals who took a personal interest in making the students’ school store a reality. The store was, and is, made possible due to the work of these individuals:
Custodian: Kurt Newkirk
Teacher: Audra Goble
Counselor: Troy Hubbard
Administrative Assistant: Mary Sheppard
Treasury Secretary: Sally Goodpaster
Parents: Monique Christensen and Natalie Potter
I would also like to extend a special “thank you” to our parent volunteers who have served as our store managers this year: Christina Gray, Jill Johnson, Sherry Kinworthy, Deborah Stuart and Amy Walker.
Finally, those persons and organizations in the greater Seymour Community who have given financially (and/or have donated items to put directly in our store for student “purchase”) in helping to provide the capital necessary to cover the operating expenses of the school reward store have our gratitude. The concept of creating a reward store would not have exceeded the “thinking stage” without the resources with which to maintain the reward stock. Thank you to those whose generosity has allowed us to keep our school reward store doors open . . . three years and counting!
The SMS school reward store continues to be a hit with the 7th and 8th grade students. In our students’ own words:
“The ‘OWL’ey Galley is a special place that kids can feel like they’ve done something good to earn OWL Bucks. I think we should keep on doing this so we’ll be a better school with kids that will try harder and cooperate more often!”
- Jalyn Nichols
“I think that it has helped students. I personally think that it is a good addition to our school. I hope that it stays open for years to come in the future.”
– Karlie White
“I think that it is making students work harder and behave better. I think it is a great idea to make kids feel good about their overall school year.”
“I think the ‘OWL’ey Galley has had a positive effect on our school. It makes me want to try harder for sure.”
- Brantley Adams
“I think the ‘OWL’ey Galley is a great way to encourage kids to work harder. It is also a great example to show kids that if you work hard in life you can achieve great things.”
- Toni Lumsey
“I believe the ‘OWL’ey Galley is great. A lot of kids work hard to earn OWL Bucks. I’ve see a lot of good choices being made in our school.”
“I think that the ‘OWL’ey Galley is an awesome place for our school. It also lets parents come in and see how the school is run. I say, keep up the good work SMS students & staff!”
- Jennie Stuart
“I think the ‘OWL’ey Galley is a good idea. It encourages kids to follow the ‘Three R’s’ and get rewarded for it.”
It is just one more strategy that we are able to employ (this, thanks to the efforts of so many) as a middle school to encourage students to reach their academic, and social, potential.
For more information regarding our IMPACT program, please click on the “OWL”ey Galley icon to the right. Parents/Patrons interested in being part of the IMPACT OWL Bucks initiative by donating to the students’ school store can do so by contacting the school at 522-5453.
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