Our school is a small school making a big difference for students who have been placed in our building for various personal or private reasons. Many of them do not have "typical" experiences prior to entering the school system. Here, they receive additional resources and opportunities such as a smaller class size, as well as strategies for social and emotional learning in addition to academic skills.
My students come to school with many concerns outside of their control, so in our classroom we utilize teamwork and social skills to the fullest potential.
Students from the high school homeroom mentor my young homeroom students & I mentor the high schoolers. We connect with each other, often while playing with my younger homeroom students. During this time, the teens discuss random topics and their inconsistent attendance often comes up.
Students in our district rank among the highest in absenteeism in the state.
Our school services high schoolers in an alternative setting yet still has a 33% rate of attendance for many of our 9th-12th graders. They give reasons such as busy schedules, lack of snacks, responsibilities at home and outside influences. One of the recurring themes when we discuss attendance is how much they like visiting my room because they can use their earned points to "buy" snacks from my bins. The snacks are geared towards students in my homeroom, a much younger crowd. I asked the high schoolers if they would come to school more often if they had different snacks to purchase. They showed interest in doing so when offered microwaveable snacks and items they could bring home for dinner or easy weekend meals.
The students also wanted more frequent "special desserts" for attendance which is a monthly tradition at our school. They brainstormed ideas & picked an ice cream social, pancake party (especially on testing days), and microwavable popcorn. To this project, we also added bowls, spoons and paper towels which are used during these special moments. These attendance rewards are designed to increase student engagement. The students enjoyed discussing the foods they wanted, how many "points" they would get for coming to school each day, and what each item in their high school snack bin would "cost" them. We are super excited to bring this project to life and creating this project is starting the "Buzz" to be in school.
|Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Butter Microwave Popcorn, 1.5 Ounce Single Serve Bag, 12-Count, Pack of 6 • Amazon Business||$47.04||1||$47.04|
|Ice Cream Sundae Kit - 12 Ounce Polka Dot Paper Treat Cups -Heavyweight Plastic Spoons - Paper Straws - Paper Umbrellas - 24 Each - Blue, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green • Amazon Business||$13.99||3||$41.97|
|Sriracha Hot Sauce Packets (200-Pack) • Amazon Business||$29.99||1||$29.99|
|Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels, 12 Family Rolls, White (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business||$28.99||1||$28.99|
|Campbell's Chunky Chili with Beans, 15.25 oz. Microwavable Bowl (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business||$27.73||1||$27.73|
|Dixie Everyday Paper Bowls, 10 Ounces, 36 Count, Lunch Size Disposable Plates • Amazon Business||$8.97||3||$26.91|
|Heinz Honey Mustard, Single Serve, 12 g. pack, Pack of 200 • Amazon Business||$22.07||1||$22.07|
|Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business||$21.16||1||$21.16|
|Ice Cream Shoppe Photo Booth Props Kit - 20 Pack Party Camera Props Fully Assembled • Amazon Business||$19.99||1||$19.99|
|Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers Snack Pouch,0.9 Oz pouches, Variety pack, 36 Count • Amazon Business||$18.42||1||$18.42|
|Dixie Everyday Paper Plates, 10 1/16", 220 count, 5 Packs of 44 Plates, Dinner Size Printed Disposable Plates • Amazon Business||$17.99||1||$17.99|
|Campbell's Chunky Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits Soup Microwavable Bowl, 15.25 oz. (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business||$16.72||1||$16.72|
|Frito-Lay Baked & Popped Mix Variety Pack, 40 Count • Amazon Business||$15.99||1||$15.99|
|Campbell's Chunky New England Clam Chowder, 15.25 oz. Bowl (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business||$15.92||1||$15.92|
|Chef Boyardee Cheese Ravioli, 7.5 Oz. Microwavable Bowl (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business||$15.03||1||$15.03|
|Aunt Jemima Pancake Syrup Lite, 24 oz - 2 Pack • Amazon Business||$14.99||1||$14.99|
|Idahoan Mashed Potatoes Cup, Buttery Homestyle, 1.5 Ounce (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business||$14.90||1||$14.90|
|Campbell's Homestyle Soup, Chicken Noodle, 15.4 Ounce (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business||$13.44||1||$13.44|
|Rice a Roni Cups, Cheddar Broccoli, Individual Cup 2.11 Ounce (Pack of 12 ) • Amazon Business||$13.08||1||$13.08|
|Pacon PAC6555 Lightweight Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 500 Sheets • Amazon Business||$11.98||1||$11.98|
|Kraft Easy Mac Original Macaroni and Cheese Dinner 18 Microwaveable Single Serve Packets • Amazon Business||$11.88||1||$11.88|
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This classroom project was brought to life by Dalio Foundation and 3 other donors.