Wednesday, November 18, 2015

These Alabama schools are thankful for...

I received this email today:
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!
It's time to do a trot...
And to give a little THANKS
For all that you have got!
GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE!
We simply want to say...
Stuff yourself with FUN & FOOD
And have a HAPPY TURKEY DAY!


Happy Thanksgiving from Stride & LTS!
Thankful in Alabama!
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we received for our "Stride Thankfulness" campaignthis month! We asked Alabama students and educators to tell us why they're thankful for the Stride programthis year. Here are some of the great responses we received!
B.B. COMER MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Talladega County)
We could not believe our eyes when Jami Danford, Technology Specialist for B.B. Comer Elementary, sent us this video she produced! Check it out: 
Teachers at B.B. Comer highlight students with the top usage of Stride through two exciting contests: Stride "Super Stars" (classes with the top academic badges) and "Star Point Millionaires" (students with 1 million + Star points). Congrats to the November leaders in each contest (listed below) – You are truly #MonumentalAchievers!
B.B. COMER MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL (Talladega County)
Just down the road at the high school campus, teacher Jack Jackson shares, "Most of my students were hooked on Stride by day one. I have one student with over 3 million star points this first month of using Stride, and two with 2 million! The most points and the most badges by Christmas break win a pizza party." This is definitely something to look forward to!
T.R. SIMMONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Jasper City)
Principal  Jonathan Allen at T.R. Simmons shared why he is thankful for Stride at his school:
"Instructional leaders are inundated with programs and materials that all claim to support student learning.  When I first learned our district was approved to receive the Motivated Data/Stride grant, I was very skeptical.  Consequently, since Mrs. McLemore has implemented the Stride program school-wide, I could not be more pleased.  Teachers and students alike have commented about the learning and games they have experienced through Stride.  As the second window of progress monitoring opens, teachers are discussing how the testing data will inform instruction and document individual student growth.  Moreover, a few teachers have already begun using the individual student reports for student conferences and goal setting.  Many of our students have already earned over a million star points with as much as 10% of student usage occurring at home.  I am very pleased with how this program has engaged our students in their personal educational growth.  We have just begun touching the surface on how this will impact our instruction."  Thank you for your kind words, Principal Allen!
PINECREST ELEMENTARY (Sylacauga City)
Kristy Harmon at Pinecrest shared, "We are thankful for Stride because we enjoy having a program that helps our students practice the necessary skills they must have in order to progress to their greatest learning potential.  Our students enjoy the challenges provided by Stride, as well as the coin rewards they achieve.  Our school providesscheduled time for Stride each week and recognizes students with the highest percentage of improvement at the end of the nine-weeks.  They are also rewarded with additional coins." Keep up the good work, Pinecrest!
CONSTANTINE ELEMENTARY (Anniston City)
Amy Hurst at Constantine Elementary wrote, "We are thankful to have a program like Stride. Stride is encouraging and fun to our students, and we have the best support around by our CLAS Academic Specialist, Gay Adams!" 


Thank you to all of the Alabama schools who sent in their expressions of thankfulness! Your teachers and students are the reason we continue to work hard to deliver fun and learning through the Stride program!
And a special THANK YOU to all of our CLAS Academic Specialists for the incredible work you do supporting our Alabama schools.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Stride & LTS Team!

Amy Frith, editor
Alabama Stride e-News
afrith@LTSed.com
866.552.9192, ext. 1011
What is it that you are thankful for?

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