Gilbert Elementary third through fifth graders are getting an extra dose of motivation this spring. The administration team was inspired to implement a House System to support positive behavior and academic growth on campus. Team teachers created a House Name based on their student interests and character traits that they wanted to emphasize with their students. Third grade chose a superhero theme. Fourth grade created their theme around the popular game “Among Us”, and fifth grade decided on a constellation theme. Campus administrators visit classrooms and review data to award House points electronically to each House.
The administration team uses virtual assemblies to bring remote and in-person learners together to celebrate their successes. “We really wanted to do something fun and exciting to keep kids motivated through the challenges caused by the pandemic. We also really value student choice, so we incorporated that into rewards,” explained Lindsey Gonzalez, Gilbert Elementary Principal.
The winning Houses from each grade were able to choose their own reward using Google Forms. All three grade levels chose a movie and popcorn award to celebrate their efforts. We have focused on areas of attendance, our campus R.O.A.R. (respect, ownership, attitude, responsibility), and academic growth during the last two months.
Gilbert Elementary students will continue to get rewards through House Points through the end of the school year. Their House themes will be incorporated into STAAR Bootcamps as students prepare for the May administration of state testing.