October 2016Fall is in the air, and Stride Spirit is spreading across Alabama! You've been busy with onboarding students to the program and jumping right in to fabulous Fall contest ideas! We'd like to share a few examples to show fellow Stride users how "Toucan Be a Stride Leader Too!" Use Stride Contests to get your students all the way through their assigned work from PMA Form 1, in preparation for PMA Form 2, which begins Nov. 7.
B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary (Talladega County)
We love B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School's display, which features Star Point Winners on the left, Skill Badge Winners in the middle, and Stride Millionaires (coin leaders) on the right! Top students earn their names on the bright yellow patches adorning the toucans. Stride offers so many ways to celebrate wins!
Alexandria Elementary (Calhoun County)
At Alexandria Elementary, the daily schedule includes what they call "Champion Time" in Stride. For contests, each grade level focuses on a specific standard selected bi-weekly by the teachers. They use Quiz Builder to assess mastery of that standard at the end of the two weeks, and results are displayed on grade-level bulletin boards like the ones below for Stride Reading and Stride Math in Grades 3 and 5.
Each orange paw print represents a student who scored at least 80% on the standard, or bettered his/her score by at least 20 points from the last assessment.Nice work, Alexandria students! Pictured above, Assistant Principals Caryn Waugh and Jeremy Wallace enjoy helping a proud student staple her paw in place.
Crossville High School (Dekalb County)
CLAS Academic Specialist Carolyn Creighton visited Crossville HS recently and observed as students logged in to Stride to work on English I and Algebra I curriculum. "The students were so excited to be able to use Stride -- especially those who can now use it at home," Carolyn reported. Crossville HS has been a long-time user of Stride, and now the school has a new laptop cart, making Stride more accessible to additional users! Keep working hard, CHS!
Students Stride Along Even During Fall Break!
CLAS Academic Specialist Stephen Swann shared this picture of his grandchildren, Madison and Ethan Foster, who recently visited with him over the Fall Break. "My wife and I took them to the beach for a few days, and they asked to do Stride every morning before we took them to play in the waves and sand! Mary Long (CLAS Academic Specialist) and their teachers at Madison Elementary (Madison City) have them very enthusiastic about the program," Stephen shares. Dedicated Stride students take their learning fun with them wherever they go!
Do you have a Stride Contest idea or Success Story to share? Let us highlight you in an upcoming newsletter!