HANSON — A high-energy music and dance assembly with a touch of Hollywood red-carpet glam brought the student body together at Indian Head Elementary in Hanson just in time to kick off the December holiday break.
On the last Friday of every month, a get-together is held to congratulate and recognize students chosen that month for demonstrating positive characteristics. The upper class student council members assist in offering a high five to each student who walks the red carpet.
Principal Jill Coutreau showed off her dance moves in late December as the students got silly with their favorite songs.
Assistant Principal Jen Costa handed out certificates with the applause of staff and students, which could be heard throughout the building. Loud cheering was encouraged.
The acronym TEAM — Together Everyone Achieves More — is used daily in the classroom to inspire confident and thoughtful behavior.
“The goal in reinforcing these positive behaviors is trying to promote positive characteristics, said Cotreau. “It sets a good tone for the school.”
A respectful pal who works together with classmates is just a few of the behaviors encouraged.
The second use of the word TEAM is also their core values at Indian Head: Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. Effort to do your very best. Accountable to do the right thing even when no one is looking and M is make good choices.
The students who are selected monthly for exemplification of these traits have their names inked on a stylish certificate. They are also awarded a lunch with Principal Cotreau. She also involves the youngest kindergarten students for their early learned behaviors and joins them for snack time as their school days are shorter.
Each month their theme changes students learned what a team player is in the early fall, said Cotreau.
Being confident and being comfortable with different emotions that we feel was the second assembly and December’s theme was believe, she said.
Following the dancing and presentations a photo collage of what’s been happening in the classroom is exhibited on the big screen. The kids really love seeing themselves.