December 6, 2020
I hope all of our Mustang families had a wonderful Christmas break and you are as excited as we are to get back to school!
With the many challenges that we have faced this year, as the leader of this amazing school, I have been thinking about ways that we can bring some fun and excitement into our school day. COVID has changed the landscape of school this year and really taught us to appreciate all of the amazing things this school has been able to do in the past. School does look different this year, but that is no reason to not have fun!
We are excited to announce a new competition for our students to participate in for the second part of the year. We will begin incorporating the house system based upon The Ron Clark Academy! The week of January 11-15th, students and teachers will get a letter letting them know what house they have been accepted into. The house assignments are random. A PBIS teacher team member will head each house and the students will compete to earn points for their house.
We will have 5 houses and each house will be named from our PBIS Motto: Pride. Each house has its own color and over time we will create mottos, songs, and other characteristics for each house. Our houses are:
Team Positive - Periwinkle
Team Respectful - Red
Team Independent - Indigo
Team Dedicated - Dandelion
Team Engaged – Emerald
Each classroom will have a set of containers, one for each house. As students complete a challenge, they will get a pompom for their house. Each week, we will come and empty the containers into the larger house containers. The first house to fill the larger containers will win a prize. We will focus on 4 things for giving pompoms in January:
1. Completing all work on time (daily)
2. Making an "A" on a test.
3. Making the most improved grade on an assignment.
Magnet Mustangs have always been a competitive group, so we think this will be a fun approach to a challenging year. We will communicate progress to students every week via the intercom and to parents through the parent email. We will adjust what we are awarding pompoms for as new ideas are realized.
The first prize will be a take home popcorn party! Please try to hype this up with us! We will have a house day later this month for kids to dress in their house colors! We will let you know when our house draft will take place so you can ask your student about it!
Thanks for being a great partner in your child’s education!
Mrs. Stephonie French, Ed.S
Principal, Natchitoches Magnet School