Kaleidoscope Charter school implemented a new character education program this school year and results are suggesting it’s already been quite a success.
The program is called KCS PRIDE.
“As a school we decided to focus on the positive behaviors exhibited on a daily basis and reward students for doing incredible things,” KCS Principal Chris Nordmann said.
The PRIDE program is based off of five character traits: Personal Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence.
When students exhibit those traits the are given a Comet Card. Cards are turned in to the classroom teacher and entered in a classroom drawing.
At the end of the month the cards, are tallied and an assembly is held. At the assembly Comet Cards are drawn from a bin containing all Comet Cards for the month and students whose card is drawn comes forward to choose a prize, ranging from lunch served by the Principal, to Drone Flight Academy (students learn to fly a drone), to using the school’s 3D printer.
“Beyond the prizes, the students love being recognized for doing the right thing,” Normann reports.
Because the results of the program were so high in September, administration decided to put on a challenge for October.
“We set a goal for October of 3,250 Comet Cards. If our students were able to demonstrate 3,250 acts of PRIDE, the Administration would sleep on the roof of the school building,” Nordmann said.
Not only did the students meet that they exceeded it and earned a total of 4,098 Comet Cards.
Despite the dropping temperatures, Mr. Nordmann and Dr. Wedlund will be sleeping on the roof, tentatively set for Thursday night.
“We set a lofty goal and all 525 of our students contributed to reaching it. If it takes the incentive of spending one night on the roof to reward such an incredible effort, so be it,” Nordmann said.
Congratulations, Kaleidoscope students!