March 07, 2007
We used to have a noise problem at the end of the day, as anxious students had trouble keeping quite while waiting for dismissal. Our Site Based Council, along with a team of teachers, came up with a wonderful idea! We bring ALL of our students to the gym about 10 minutes before the last bell. They sit in rows designated by how they will go home (Bus 101, back walkers, car riders, etc.) and are dismissed in this same manner by being led to the door or bus by a teacher. Car riders are escorted to the car pickup area and taken to their individual cars by a teacher. This procedure also gives us the opportunity to come face-to-face with a parent every day. During the ten minutes in the gym, we read good behavior announcements and recognize students. The recognition of students has been a wonderful self-esteem booster for our students.