Great behavior can mean great rewards for students at Phoenix Middle School. That’s part of the school’s “Comet Code,” which is set up to identify and reward positive behaviors displayed by students.
This school year, school psychologist Jeanne Engerson and and eighth grade social studies teacher Jess Rima came up with the idea of having a field trip for students who have shown academic and/or behavioral improvement throughout the school year.
Sixteen awesome students were chosen by each grade level team and allied arts team as the school’s “Most Improved Students 2012-13.”
The students were:
- Sixth graders Devin Patterson, Brenda Sanchez, Alejandro Valadez and Skyllar Riley;
- Seventh graders Claudia Zuniga, Ximena Morales, Rachael Bradley, Andres Vasquez, Drinton Ademi, and Lucas Anditon;
- Eighth graders Chandni Patel, Alex Valadez, Abbey Even, Edwin Urban, Jarred Shephard, and Lupe Jaramillo.
“We spent an awesome sunny day on a boat tour on Geneva Lake,” Rima said. “The Lady of the Lake took us on a historical tour of the lake and its surrounding areas. After the boat tour we had a picnic on the beach and played soccer, Frisbee, and skipped rocks in the water.
“Jeanne and I enjoyed complimenting these students for their accomplishments and this gave students the opportunity to feel proud of the exceptional growth they have personally made over the course of the year.”
After the picnic we took the students went for an ice cream cone and then back to Phoenix.
“As a teacher, I was proud of our kids,” Rima said. “It is important to praise and celebrate the amazing growth our students are making. The captain of the boat was especially thankful for Phoenix coming. He remarked to the kids that improvement is a lifelong journey and this shows great promise for their future. He also praised Phoenix Middle School for celebrating these students and showing them a great time!”