As educators, we know the value of recognizing students for their hard work and excellent behavior.
However, what about those students who consistently earn the honor roll, who are always in attendance, who are responsible young men and women day in and day out? Yes, they get the same reward as everyone else.
But, why not give them a little bit more honor and recognition for being the model student? That is exactly what we did and why we created an award’s program called Stars in Excellence. Stars in Excellence is for our upper elementary grades. For me, we begin this in fifth and sixth grade only. It is an award’s banquet strictly for the older grades.
Last year (2019), we decided it was time to set aside time dedicated in honor of these students. To begin selecting the students, we knew we needed to be consistent in selecting these students. Therefore, we created a criteria checklist.
CRITERIA for STARS in EXCELLENCE
Feel free to take our criteria list and tweak it to fit your campus.
1. Must be recommended by their core subject area teachers. All the teachers need to agree this student is worthy of the award.
2. Have an overall semester average of 90 or higher in all subject areas.
3. Exhibits exemplary behavior, character, and attitude.
4. No unexcused absences.
AGENDA FOR BANQUET
1. Welcome and Introductions by Principal
2. About the Award by Assistant Principal
3. Dinner was served. We had a Taco Buffet.
4. Teachers presented awards and shared meaningful messages about each student.
5. Parents and students came up to the front and received certificate and were pinned by their parents/guardians.
6. The slides showed a picture of each student, their name, and grade level.
AWARDS AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT
PINNING CEREMONY/PARENT INVOLVEMENT
We wanted to take a minute to showcase the parents and guardians who were in attendance for helping their child perform so well in school. I think we often forget this in awards. However, there is so much value in recognizing the parents for instilling values of relentlessness, leadership, and academics in their child. Parents were asked to come up to the front with their child and receive the award along side of their child. In addition, a photographer was stationed in front to chapter the parent/guardian pinning their child. The pin can be seen in the picture on top of the certificates.
BUFFET AND OTHER DETAILS
The meal wasn’t too expensive since I was feeding up to 75 attendees. We ordered from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. The cupcakes were baked by a teacher who also runs a business on the side.
The photographer is a teacher who runs a photography business on the side. Parents can access the pictures from her as early as the next day.
Backdrop for photographer was purchased here on Amazon. Again, this is a purchase I can use again for other events on campus.