Special Reward for Academic Achievement at Arredondo
Arredondo Elementary Principal Alison Bruening-Hamati happened to see a news clip of Basha High School in Chandler surprising their students who had passed their Advanced Placement tests by delivering congratulatory signs to their home addresses. Impressed with the idea and looking for a way to let Arredondo students know that the school was proud of them, Bruening-Hamati brought it up at a teacher meeting and before long the idea was rolling into a plan.
In a similar fashion to Basha High, Arredondo took note of all their students who had met or exceeded their winter testing goals and created small posters that staff members would hang up on the doors of the students’ homes as a surprise.
The posters read: “A Roadrunner at this home met their winter testing goals! We are proud of you!” and was accompanied by a picture of the school’s mascot Rocky the Roadrunner.
The majority of Arredondo students were able to make their testing goals. In total, the Arredondo staff reached 210 homes all across the valley.
“We have great programs like Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) that recognize good behavior so anytime we’re able to find a creative way to reward students for their academic results, I’m thrilled,” said Principal Bruening-Hamati. “The kids work so hard in and out of the classroom so giving them a little recognition is the least we can do. They really deserve it.”
As one might expect, a great deal of excitement and surprise from the recipients when they first saw their sign.
“I was actually really confused at first, I thought maybe Rocky the Roadrunner delivered it,” said Second-Grade Student Ayesha Amirah, before looking over to Ms. Bruening-Hamati and asking, “Did he?”
Itzel Torres Soto, another second-grade student, received her congratulatory note after meeting her math and language goals.
“At first my little brother thought it was for him, but I told him next year he’ll be able to get one too,” said Torres Soto, whose younger brother is currently a preschooler at Arredondo. “I worked really hard for this so it was nice to have the note and be able to show my parents and family.”
Congratulations to all of the Roadrunners for meeting their goals, keep up the good work!