Getting the week off to a good start

Greene County elementary students have some extra motivation to start a new week at school.

Jump Start Monday is a short school-wide assembly held every Monday morning. It’s like a weekly corporate staff meeting to be sure all employees are on the same “page” and ready to go.

Last Monday, Jump Start Monday began with a dance video as the students gathered. Principal Scott Johnson greeted them and asked for big smiles, showing one himself. Mrs Wilkins’ `second grade class led the Pledge of Allegiance and a loud cheer – R—A-M-S, Right Attitudes Make Success.

Next, the Birthday Fairy, aka Stephanie Smith, introduced all students and staff members with birthdays or half birthdays during the week and the school sang the Birthday Song for them.

Johnson reminded the students he wears a hard hat Monday morning “because it’s time to get back to work.” He complimented the students for progress on the previous week’s goal, cleaning up after themselves in the lunch room, and named the new week’s goal, practicing the Golden Rule. He also reminded them of the school’s three rules: be respectful, be responsible, and be safe.

The assembly ended with the high school fight song. With the words projected, the students sang enthusiastically. Not surprisingly, “Oskewa-wa” was the youngster’s favorite part.

Jump Start Monday is intended to start the week with something fun to bolster Monday attendance, and to build a sense of community and school pride among the students.


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