Sandston Elementary’s School Theme this year is “I Celebrate Me!” One of the biggest things we want to accomplish is celebrating all the accomplishments our students achieve throughout the year. It can be academic related, conduct related, family related, or even something they’re proud of outside of school. Kim Powell, our principal, and I, along with the whole staff are working hard to build and strengthen the relationships we have with our students, parents, and our Sandston Community as a whole. Being this is one of our big goals for the year, having Sandston STAR Shout Out Celebrations at the end of each grading period is a high priority. Working closely with our Community Partners, Siemens and the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF), we were able to earn grants and fund this amazing project! What do these celebrations include? First, we have a huge celebration assembly in the morning. Here’s a breakdown of the fun we had at our first assembly of the year:
- Recognizing student awards: A Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, Citizenship, and Attendance
- Recognizing STAR Character Award winners from each class
- An appearance from WebstUR, UR’s Spider mascot, to help pass out the STAR Character awards
- A Whip/Nae-Nae Aerobics Workout performance from the 3rd graders and PE Teacher
- Recognizing our Parent Honor Roll members who have reached 200 points
- Awarding the Turkey King/Queen Crown to the teacher of the class who brought in the most cans for the Henrico Christmas Mother
For the second part of our Sandston STAR Shout Out Celebrations, the students participate in activities we plan with groups outside of school. As part of our School Wide Behavior Plan, teachers award points to students using Class Dojo throughout each grading period. If students reach the Class Dojo point goal for the nine weeks, they receive their “Star Ticket” to the activity. Siemens helped provide us with Plush Gold Stars to award the students for this grading period! For our first activity of the year, we used a portion of our HEF Grant to have Richmond Ropes come out! This amazing group took groups of students in 4 one-hour sessions and helped the students work together in team building “low-ropes” activities. It was an extremely rewarding experience seeing students critically think and work together to solve the challenges.
Today’s events were only the beginning of big celebrations we hope to provide throughout the rest of the year. Check out this small snippet from all the fun today!