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FH Recognizes Students and Staff of the Month
Forest Hills High School has implemented a new program that will recognize two students and one staff member every month. What better way to encourage what you want to see than to point it out when you see it? That was the thought from the counselors at Forest Hills. “We were talking about all of the discipline steps that are in place, and we thought, ‘Why not have some steps in place to reward students for positive behavior?,’” explained counselor Christi Ponder. The counselors, with Dr. Plue’s endorsement, created the program to empower students and place those students behaving consistently well in a position to be noticed and rewarded. “I also wanted to choose a staff member each month because this is just another way to boost morale and spread some sunshine!,” said Ms. Ponder.
For September, Jonathan Wingo was Senior of the Month, Amor Olmedo was Student of the Month, and counselor Ms. Kelly McDonald was the Staff Member of the Month.
Wingo was nominated by chorus teacher Mrs. Vicki Hogan. She stated that because of his leadership in chorus and other areas and his participation on the football and track teams, he is a positive influence on his fellow students. Ms. Pam Lanier, medical sciences teacher, nominated Almedo recognizing her as a great student, a leader in the school community, and an outstanding HOSA member responsible for the creation of a community service project and for raising the most money for all community service projects in which HOSA has participated.
When asked how she felt about this honor, Amor Olmedo said that she was "proud to be chosen as Student of the Month." Jonathan Wingo said that he was "shocked to even be nominated as Senior of the Month." Obviously, these students are well-respected by both their teachers and their peers.
Each month, teachers nominate students. Then the counselors narrow the field to three seniors and three underclassmen. The students then vote in the cafeteria on designated days during their lunches. Students recognize a teacher/staff member of the month by write-in ballot.
The Student of the Month program is just one more way that the school is seeking to recognize and show its appreciation of students who contributing positively to the FHHS community. Of course, Forest Hills began recognizing positive behavior last year when they implemented their Student Incentive Program in which students earn rewards points each six-weeks based on their performance in five categories: discipline, attendance, punctuality, grades, and dress code. Each month, another senior, underclassman, and teacher/staff member will be recognized.
Written by: Melissa Howell and Christi Ponder
Posted: Oct 15, 2012 by Melissa Howell