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3/12/2014 9:11:00 AM
Heritage Middle School recognitions come with perks
Review/Salina SialegaAbove, Heritage Middle School Principal Mardi Read announces Tuesday Recognition winners March 4, including Student of the Month, Exceeding AIMS winners, Cougar Kudos, Cougar Pride and more.
Review/Salina Sialega

Above, Heritage Middle School Principal Mardi Read announces Tuesday Recognition winners March 4, including Student of the Month, Exceeding AIMS winners, Cougar Kudos, Cougar Pride and more.
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Sixth-grader Abby Watson shows her bracelet and token for Student of the Month.
Salina Sialega
Chino Valley Review

A "Cougar Kudos" gives a Heritage Middle School (HMS) student a pass to go to the front of the lunch line.

Hey, it's the little things in life that make a difference, right? It's also a way for their peers to see the award the student earned. Teachers and school staff can recognize students for one of the school's character pillars - trustworthy, responsible, fair, citizenship, respect or caring. And specifically the award can be for picking up trash at the school or helping a new student, or any number of good deeds and good behavior.

Cougar Kudos are just the beginning, however, of the many ways HMS finds to award its students, with school perks, if you will.

Tuesday Recognition is conducted in the school cafeteria during each grade's lunch hour by Principal Mardi Read, who announces the award and brings students to the cafeteria's stage, and by Scheduling Secretary Lucy Orellana, who keeps the recognition program organized to the tilt. The women selected the lunch hour because they believe it's important for the students' peers to acknowledge the presentation. Students earn a chain necklace or bracelet on which they can collect charm tokens, representing the various awards.

Students can earn awards through Kudos, for AIMS accomplishments, for perfect attendance is a given time period, and improvements in their reading and math skills and in physical education (P.E.).

To earn the P.E. award, students work in five areas of fitness, according to P.E. Department Head Lorie Blanco - sit and reach to test flexibility, curl-ups for lower body strength, pull-ups for push-ups for upper body strength, the shuttle for agility and running the mile for all-around fitness. Those who make their goals by the end of April will get to participate in the Ropes Course at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott.

Student of the Month award not only gets the chain and tokens, but also comes with a goodie bag and a cupcake party with parents invited. Read also reads the teacher's Student of the Month comments during the cupcake party. Businesses such as Sonic and Freedom Station donate free coupons and pencils for the bag, which also includes an HMS lanyard and candy.

The quarterly Dream Team award acknowledges an entire class that tests 80 and above in math, writing and reading on their Benchmark tests. Usually the class gets doughnuts and tokens.

Cougar Pride is a way for students help with clean-up duties in the cafeteria, after lunch if over and all other students have returned to class. Orellana says students strive to be the cleanest, and in turn, they learn to clean up after themselves more when it's not their turn.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Robert Franklin

Heritage is doing a much better job this year. The kids are excited about representing their school and want to earn such rewards as Cougar Kudos. The misbehaviors are being handled appropriately so that others can learn without the distractions. We need to remember that it's not a teacher's job to raise our kids, they need more incentives to teach and deal with the ups and downs of education. Keep up the good work!

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Article comment by: Parent of another 7th grader

The school has made many changes, most of which are for the worse. My kids, along with a handful of others, will be attending a Prescott school next year. The arrogance of the new regime is intolerable, and the gestapo like atmosphere is miserable to many.

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Article comment by: Parent of a 7th grader

Not sure how they have time to hand out Cougar Kudos when they are so busy handing out BIPS for everything.

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