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Students’ incentive to read is way cool

Roy Moore Elementary principal Mark MacHale has been a little nervous this holiday season. He could hear the deafening sound of book pages turning during the winter break knowing that if his students reached their December reading goals, he could be in for a dramatic transformation in January. He could become Garfield Re-2’s first human ice cream sundae.

The stunt is part of Roy Moore’s reading incentive program. The Roy Moore Elementary Parent Association (RMEPA) initiated the incentive program three years ago.

Students are encouraged to read every month and meet goals set by their teachers. For the younger grades the goals may be 20-30 minutes of reading, five nights a week. The older grades read a certain number of books each month. RMEPA sponsors a fun activity for those students who meet their reading goals.



“After discussions with some of the teachers, we learned a large number of students were not completing their required reading homework,” explained Karen Valenteen, a Roy Moore paraprofessional and member of RMEPA. “We decided to come up with a different incentive each month to encourage the students to do the reading.”

This year, RMEPA has focused on science experiment parties so that the students receive fun rewards where they can learn, but Valenteen and RMEPA wanted something to keep the kids motivated to read, rather than sit in front of the television, over the long winter break.



Valenteen asked the fifth-grade classes for ideas that they could have MacHale do if 95 percent of the kids met their goals. She then went to MacHale to make sure he would be willing to perform the suggested tasks.

“I printed up ballots with four choices including kissing a pig, becoming a human sundae, tie dying his hair and beard, and having a dunk tank. I went to each class explaining the process and asked the kids to return them to me at lunchtime. You should have been in the cafeteria that day. They were so pumped to be voting on the next incentive.”

If 95 percent of the Roy Moore students complete their reading goals, the students will create a very large ice cream sundae with Mr. MacHale at the sumptuous center. Students are reminded to turn in their reading logs this week.

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December’s outstanding bus students both come from Route 14’s driver Susan Steckel. Representing the elementary students is Roy Moore Elementary kindergartner Lane Kelley. From the middle schools, Rifle Middle School sixth grader Monica Lopez earned the honor. Congratulations to these students.

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Important dates to remember:

– Jan. 6 ” School resumes

– Jan. 7 ” Report cards go home

– Jan. 13 ” Roy Moore Elementary Awards Assembly, 9 a.m.

– Jan. 19 ” NO SCHOOL, Re-2 Professional Development Day

– Jan. 27 ” RHS Variety Show, RHS auditorium, 7 p.m.


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