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Austintown schoolkids recognized for good conduct

Published: Sat, January 7, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.




A super student assembly promoted positive behavior in school.

Lynn Kirk Elementary School on Friday honored more than 225 students for their good behavior during an assembly.

Those kids then bounced up and down on their crossed legs as they anxiously listened to hear if their name, which was placed in a fishbowl, was going to be pulled so they could win a school T-shirt and a “fancy” lunch as one of the “fabulous four.”

Third-grader Kyle Keller, second-grader Jayden Bister, first-grader Lily Tirado and kindergartner Madison Vaughn took the top spots.

The school started the program four years ago after the district received a two-year Ohio integrated-systems grant. The positive results are why they continue it each month.

“We have seen a huge increase in good behavior,” said Shawne Gerst, teacher and literacy coach at the school.

She said some students get their names in the school’s Falcon nest by getting “caught going above and beyond.”

One of the students who went into the nest had turned in found money, she said.

Certificates were given to students who committed random acts of kindness or who remained on green on their teacher’s behavior wheels. The wheels have four colors, with green indicating good behavior. Moving to yellow results in the student’s getting a warning, blue a letter sent home and red a trip to the principal.

Madison was excited to be one of the “fabulous” after she stayed on green throughout December.

It’s something she’s done every month, except one, she said.

“I didn’t [stay on green] in September,” Madison confessed.

She touched another student’s hair, she said.

“I learned to keep my hands in my lap,” Madison said.

Kyle said he worked especially hard for the reward.

“I got a lot of A’s and a lot of good grades on my test,” he said.

The students’ pictures will be placed the school’s display case, above the Falcon nest. They also will have to decide who they want to bring on their “fancy” lunch. Each one will get to pick a friend to dine with them Monday on the school’s stage at a table covered with a tablecloth.


1RoddAC(102 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Oh I don't know...I got a Good Citizenship award in 3rd grade (hangs in my office along with the 4th grade best writing). That was so long ago. I say congrats to the young people. Happy day for them, not at all sad!

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

We have seen a huge increase in good behavior
“caught going above and beyond.”
Kyle said he worked especially hard for the reward
What is wrong with this , The young people did a great job
And I say Thank You to the young students and their teachers .

Sometimes it is good not to say anything if all if the only thing you can do is put it down all the time

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3av666690(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I realize most people will never read this. However, I must say that as a proud mother of 3, one of which attends this school, and one who attends a school for autism, it is a travesty that ALL people who read this article are not grateful for what POSITIVE AND REWARDING things are happening in our schools today. My child with autism has a 2 student to 1 teacher ratio, which is unheard of, and a blessing. We are forgetting that these teachers of 25-30 students are not LAWFULLY allowed to inflict pain on our children. Whether or not you agree that the end of the paddling era was a mistake, I think it's unfortunate to not think fondly of a system for these teachers and schools that helps everyone involved. I believe we should be THANKFUL that our FRONT page highlights something GOOD going on in our schools, as opposed to shootings and all the other things going on in our country! Really great job goes out to Lynn Kirk for a system that's proving to work for these children, and I ESPECIALLY love the part that gives a kudos to the kids who go above and beyond the call of duty and get "caught" doing a random act of kindness. And as for the comment about missing recess, that DOES still happen, but they did not relay that in the article, because it was meant to be about the good things that are going on. I absolutely agree that good behavior SHOULD be an expectation. However, in this day and age, more is expected of the teachers than ever. They have to contend with not only behavioral issues, but medical, special needs with IEPs, and don't forget we want them to set up our children for the future to be successful, and all the while ensuring their safety. So with that being said, to anyone who thinks this was undeserving, at least give the teachers and the school credit for their understanding of today's needs for our schools!

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