Principal makes like the early bird |

Principal makes like the early bird

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

PARACHUTE – Principal Corey Doss of Bea Underwood Elementary had a busy schedule on Monday. He even had to skip lunch, but the kids at his school made sure that he didn’t go hungry.But it wasn’t the most appealing menu.”I got to eat worms,” Doss said. “The question that kept coming up was how big the worms had to be.”

Last year Doss challenged his students to improve on their Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores, and if they did he would do whatever they came up with as a challenge.What the students came up with is exactly what Doss had for lunch. Five juicy worms and a smile that his kids did extremely well on meeting the challenge.”The kids actually came up with the ideas of what I would do if they improved on the tests,” Doss said. “As a whole, the worm thing came up a lot.”If the students improved by 5 percent, then the rules said that Doss had to eat five worms. And if they improved by 10 percent, Doss had to eat the worms while wearing a dress the colors of the Denver Broncos’ uniforms. The second part doesn’t sound so bad, unless you’re not a Broncos fan like Doss.

“I’m a huge Steelers fan,” he said. “I have nothing against the Broncos, it’s just what they came up with.”It’s good to see that the principal and the school have a sense of humor when it comes to CSAPs. But a 10 percent increase would make most principals do just about anything, which includes eating worms.”We take the CSAPs very seriously,” Doss said. “The students don’t always understand, they know it’s a test, but it’s a year-long process for the administration.”Doss wasn’t excited about eating the worms, but he was very happy about the way the students met the challenge, saying that he was more than willing.

“It was a ploy to get them more interested in the test, and I’m happy it worked,” he said. “I will probably do something similar again this year.”Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext.

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