We treat our teachers to Room Service after the exam period. They have a day at school without classes for a between semester turnaround, so student council provides a “breakfast in your room” treat for them. Prior to this day, we supply an order card for them in their mailboxes with the following note:
Report Cards are finished, Parent-Teacher Interviews are over, and it’s time for you to relax and enjoy some breakfast on us!
Where will you be during Period 1 on [date]:
Room Service Menu:
Please take a look at the following choices and pick out a few things for breakfast. We will be delivering this to you during the time above.
A listing of all the possible choices from drinks (hot and cold) to asides to entrées is provided. Student council members then deliver breakfast to their room.
from: Dorothy Karlson
Bow Valley High School
We have nomination forms in student activities, and we promote this at least once a week on the morning announcements to remind students. Basically, students can nominate any staff member they feel goes above and beyond the call of duty – whether it be an amazing lesson, a little extra slushy in the glass or countless hours spent after school with a team or club. Student nominators are asked to provide a short written explanation of why their nominee deserves the recognition, and the explanations are always a joy to read!
We try to recognize those staff members who aren’t always in the spotlight. Our spirit council members review the nominations once a month and often bring names forward to council to assist with the selection process. We then select one teacher, snap their photo and put it in a display case in the lounge area along with a short bio and some quotes from the nomination form. It’s a nice way to recognize staff AND motivate them to stay involved.
from: Greg Todd
Some teachers or students deserve a special good-bye because of their contribution to the school or perhaps they must leave because of a terminal illness. A farewell experience can be heightened by hiring an aircraft to fly this person over the school grounds at a specific time. At that time, all staff and students are assembled on the playing field in such a manner that a message is spelled out (either in words or in a symbol) by the positioning of the bodies.
The Victory Lap is a new way for our school to recognize the achievements of fellow students at regional competitions and other events that allow our students to compare their skills and achievements from other schools. Students who win or advance beyond a regional competition in any discipline are awarded a Victory Lap to allow fellow students to show their respect and appreciation.
On a selected day following a number of successes, students to be honoured are asked to gather outside our gym with their medals, ribbons or other symbols of their success. At the and of announcements, home room classes line up just outside their classrooms along the corridor walls. The honoured Lancers and their staff sponsor proceed along a pre-determined route to receive the congratulations of their fellow Lancers. Each group will have a sign made for them by the leadership class which they hold up during the lap. Once the people in the Victory Lap have passed each homeroom, students return to class.
This is a great way for our Chess team to follow along with the Skills Canada competitors and Jr. Volleyball team who won a major tournament. It doesn’t involve a lot of class time and has been well-received by students and staff.
– Doug Thomas
Students who display positive attitudes and friendliness are rewarded with a Superstar Award. Given each Monday, the award is given to students who have been nominated by their peers for such acts as telling jokes to make someone’s day, picking up someone’s dropped books in the hallway, and helping out in other ways. Winners are selected based on the explanations written on the nomination forms. The winner receives a traveling trophy cut out of wood in the shape of a star and painted red with glitter. He or she gets to sign the star and take it home for the week. The superstar brings the star back on Friday so it can be presented to the next person on Monday. At the end of the year the star goes into a display case.
June is the time of year where some teachers get to finally graduate from your school as well. One of the unique and truly appreciated mementos that you are able to create can come from letters or notes collected from present students. Here is an example of a note sent to home room teachers at Waterloo Collegiate:
There are a number of teachers retiring this year. We will be making memory packages for these teachers; these packages will include pictures and letters from their past or present students and fellow teachers. These packages will be presented at the final awards assembly in June. If you, or any student in your class, would like to write a letter for any one of these teachers or have pictures, please leave them with student council. Please encourage your class to contribute.
Plaques are nice, but notes of heart-felt appreciation last much longer.