Blue Slips aka Bucket Awards
Hamilton has instituted a campaign to promote positive, character-building behaviors: in a school-wide assembly, children are introduced to the idea of self-esteem as a “bucket” that each of us carries. Positive interactions with our peers can fill the bucket and make us feel good about ourselves, but in the same way that a tiny hole can drain even a large container, just one negative interaction can quickly empty the bucket. Students are encouraged to consider this metaphor in their relationships with each other, filling one another’s buckets through inclusive, kind, caring behavior, rather than draining them by being negative or unkind. To promote “bucket filling” behavior, teachers, administrators, and staff hand out Blue Slips, aka Bucket Awards, to students in grades 1-5 who are “caught being good” around campus and/or in the classroom. Teachers collect tickets acquired during the week. At Friday Morning Assemblies, tickets for all classes are combined into one box, approximately 15 tickets are drawn, and those students receive a special prize.
Student of the Month
Each month, teachers of grades 1-5 nominate several students to receive the “Student of the Month” award that is presented at the Monthly Awards Assembly generally held the first Friday Morning Assembly of each month (for the previous month - see calendar for specific dates). Recipients receive a special certificate and prize. Teachers will generally notify parents in advance if their child is going to be a Student of the Month. Additionally, at the Monthly Awards Assembly, the class with the highest percent of perfect attendance (least number of absences and tardies) will receive our very own (stuffed) Mr. Bobcat to keep in their room for the entire month (until the next assembly). If it is a tie, then Mr. Bobcat will rotate through the classes with the matching attendance.
Honor Roll Awards
Honor Roll Awards are presented at the end of each semester to students in grades 1-5 who have demonstrated excellence in academics and/or citizenship. Recipients are announced at the Honor Roll Awards Assembly and are treated to a special surprise. Their names are also posted in the showcase located in the school entry hall.
Bobcat Credit Card Merit System (grades 4-5)
Students in grades 4-5 have the opportunity to earn Bobcat Cards which they wear at school signifying that they have earned special privileges within their classroom and throughout the school. Students earn “credit” for meeting or exceeding expectations each week, positive behavior, and completion of homework. When a student earns four (4) weeks of “credit”, he/she receives his/her grade-level credit card (4th grade: Bobcat Blue; 5th grade: Bobcat Gold). Every effort is made to encourage positive behavior so that all students gain the appropriate card. Once earned, the card must remain in the student’s possession at all times in order to gain and keep privileges.