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For some students getting a pat on the back isn’t something that comes often. For a lot of students being recognized at school for something as simple as holding the door open for a fellow student can mean the world. It’s that feeling of pride that comes along with recognition and praise that Grandview Middle School administrators, teachers and staff are hoping to capitalize on. They are hoping by promoting good behavior and a culture of respect, they can encourage all students to take a little pride in their school.
When first grade teacher Yesenia Mendez asks her students a question, there is only answer she won’t accept - a one-word answer. “We’ll do a quick check,” Mendez said. “I’ll stop them and ask them to use a complete sentence.”
When Ava Medina was in kindergarten she remembers looking up to the fifth graders at Harriet Thompson Elementary School. She always knew when she made it to fifth grade, she too would be a leader of the school. “They teach us that we’re leaders and that we can do these things,” said Medina, who is a fifth grader this year. It’s a message ingrained in the culture of the school, Harriet Thompson is growing student leaders.
When Arthur H. Smith Elementary School fifth grader Kiley Smith first heard about the school’s new writing camp, she knew it was something she wanted to be a part of. She wanted to work toward improving her writing and comprehension, and this seemed like a fun way to do it.