Some areas of this section have been changed and are still being modified during the 16-17 school year. As the plan for Renaissance continues to develop, more information will be shared.
An Academic Rally is a celebration assembly which includes entertainment, recognition, and rewards for students reaching certain levels of success during each grading period and/or staffulty members who deserve special recognition. Academic Rallies will occur after each nine week grading period; and will usually be held in the auditorium, gym, and/or outdoors. Students meeting criteria to earn an academic, attendance, and/or a discipline punch will be recognized and rewarded for their accomplishments. They will receive incentive cards, appropriately punched, for their achievements. These cards will entitle them to random perks throughout the next nine weeks. The more punches a student has--the more perks that will be received. Those students who do not qualify to attend an Academic Rallywill continue to follow their regular schedule.
Eagle Swoops will be made by Renaissance Committee members, the Eagleship Team and/or administration. There are two kinds of Eagle Swoops--surprised and requested. A requested swoop is a surprise to the students/class who has done something their teachers feels is exceptional and deserves a swoop. Example: The entire class made an A on a spelling test or everyone has had their homework all week. The teacher request this class receive an Eagle Swoop for this outstanding event. Whenever the teacher has requested the swoop be made, the group comes into the room in celebration, reads the reason for the swoop and rewards the students/class. A surprise swoop is a surprise to both the teacher and students/class. These will usually occur at the beginning or end of a class, as to minimize class disturbance. Only those meeting swoop requirements will be rewarded. Example: An Eagle Swoop comes into a classroom and announces, "Everyone who can show us their agenda has been filled out for the entire week receives a reward" or "Everyone who has their card and has two or more punches on it come forth to receive a reward."
An Eagle Snatch is where anyone meeting the requirements is snatched out of the class to receive a reward. This too will usually occur at the end of the class. Example: An announcement is made, "Anyone who has their card with them and has a perfect attendance punch will be dismissed five minutes early to lunch today" or "Anyone who has their card with them and has a gold punch, come to the gym lobby for a treat at this time."
Eagleship Team members will be the liaison between their grade and Renaissance. Some of their job duties will be to help with both recognition and reward input and distribution. Team members will help organize and conduct Eagle Swoops for their grade level. Team members will help prepare for academic rallies. Members will be chosen anonymously by the quality of their statement, a copy of last year's report card, a discipline report of the previous school year, and their attendance rate for the previous school year.
Anyone can submit a nomination form for Staffulty of the Month...students, staffulty, parents, partners in education. Nomination forms for Staffulty of the Month can be found throughout the south and north wings. Completed nomination forms must be turned into Mr. Copeland. The selection team for Staffulty of the Month will consist of the Eagleship Team and when possible the previous Staffulty of the Month. The nominated staffulty's name will not appear on the part of the forms given to the selection team. They will simply select Staffulty of the Month by what has been written about them. The Staffulty of the Month will be recognized and rewarded once selected. They will also be displayed on the W.M.S. Walls of Fame as well as in the local papers. No staffulty can be recognized as Staffulty of the Month more than once in a school year.
Student(s) of the Month will be selected each month beginning in September. Nomination forms for Student of the Month can be found throughout the south and north wings of the school building. Staffulty, students, parents, and community members may nominate as many students, at any grade level, they choose. Completed nomination forms must be turned in to Mr. Copeland. Various groups (acadmic teams, special education staffulty, office and administraction, etc.) will select one student per grade. No grade level team will select their grade' Student of the Month. The nominated student's name will not appear on the part of the forms given to the selection team. They will simply select the Student of the Month by what was written about them. These students will be recognized and rewarded. Students of the Month will also be displayed on the W.M.S. Walls of Fame as well as in the local papers. No student can be recognized as Student of the Month more than once in a school year.
Each week a teacher from each grade must select their grade's Student of the Week. Students of the Week begin during the first five day school week. Students of the Week only occur when there are five scheduled days in a school week. These students will be recognized and rewarded. Students of the Week will also be displayed on the W.M.S. Wall of Fame as well as the local papers.
The V.I.P. Club gives parents an opportunity to help students experience success in their educational quests. Through Renaissance, parents can help provide tangible rewards for students who earn recognition in academic, attendance, and discipline areas as well as rewards for outstanding staffulty contributions. Each V.I.P. member contributes a minimum of twenty-five dollars for the present school year which will be used in the development of the recognition process and to support Renaissance at Westmoreland Middle School.