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Academic Badges Inspire Student Achievement

Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden, AL, motivates students and prepares for the ACT Aspire with a unique contest driven by academic badges earned in Stride Academy.

Contests are an easy way to get students enthusiastic about Stride Academy Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden, AL, added their own flare to Stride contests by creating a “Show Your Badges” contest focused on academic badges. Stride academic badges are earned when a student answers 80% of the available questions in a skill category with 70% accuracy. Educators at Oscar Adams Elementary created this contest during the third nine weeks’ grading period to reward students who were mastering skills, encourage students to try their best, and help eliminate guessing at answers in Stride Academy. Each week, the K-5 student who earned the most academic badges during the week was presented with a certificate, a coupon for a free icecream, and recognition during the morning announcements.

At the end of ten weeks, the student who earned the most academic badges overall during the contest period would claim the Grand Prize. In the end, three students tied for the Grand Prize with 39 academic badges each. Each Grand Prize winner received a certificate, coupons for free popcorn or icecream, recognition during the morning announcements, and lunch with a staff member or friend of their choice.  The winners were photographed and honored on the school’s bulletin board and website.

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winners RaNyiah D. in Ms. Brooks’ 3rd grade class, Carlos S. in Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class, and Krystiana F. in Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class!

Oscar Adams Elementary

We would also like to congratulate the weekly winners at Oscar Adams Elementary:

Week 1: Jason L., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class

Week 2: Ashley F., Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class

Week 3: Ariyuna M., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class and Hennessy P., Ms. Cooley’s 3rd grade class

Week 4: Kennedy F., Ms. Bone’s 4th grade class and Je’Brelon J., Ms. Baker’s 1st grade class

Week 5: Antaniyah L., Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class

Week 6: EmMaya F., Ms. Carlton’s 5th grade class

Week 7: Krystiana F., Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class

Week 8: Joshua O., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class

Week 9: Bradley G., Ms. Bone’s 4th grade class

Week 10: Madison B., Ms. Baker’s 1st grade class

In conjunction with the “Show Your Badges” contest, teachers at Oscar Adams Elementary have used Stride Academy to help prepare for the ACT Aspire end of year assessment. Students involved in their afterschool program, EDGE, have been logging on to Stride Academy for extra test preparation. Beth Webster, Title I Resource Teacher, shared, “[Stride Academy] is a great resource for test prep!”  Since Stride Academy has 24/7 access, teachers have encouraged students to login from home for extra practice.

Thank you to the educators at Oscar Adams Elementary School for finding new and creative ways to encourage student use in Stride Academy! We are proud of your achievements this year!

If you would like your school featured on our blog, please email Cate Powell to share how you are using Stride Academy!

Pushing to Greater Heights at Woodson K-8 in Houston, TX

Students at the Woodson K-8 21st Century after-school program are staying late nights and “banking on” all of their hard work in Stride Academy to help them push to greater heights to meet STAAR standards this year, says Barbara Shelby-Roberts, Program Specialist.  Woodson 6

“We Love Our Badges and Collect Our Coins” 

This is the motto of the young scholars at Woodson. While some Stride Academy students are all about the Star Points and point leader contests, Woodson scholars are focused on earning academic badges and mostly… collecting the coins!

Teachers say the kids are constantly talking among each other about how many coins they have, who has the most, and challenging each other to earn more. “They actually look at collecting coins like they are collecting actual money,” says Mrs. Brothers, a third grade teacher, “So when they can earn more, that is the highlight of their day!” What a great way to insert teachable moments about working hard to earn rewards, saving for something you really like, and making choices on how to spend your earnings!

Top Coin Earner:  Emanuel Champs

Top Coin Earner:
Emanuel Champs

Top Coin Earner:  Tyler Groggs

Top Coin Earner:
Tyler Groggs

Top Coin Earners:  Taylor Smith & JaDaria Groggs

Top Coin Earners:
Taylor Smith & JaDaria Groggs

Tyler Groggs, a third grader, is one of the after-school program’s top coin earners. She now has 700 coins saved!  Tyler told us in an interview, “What I love about Stride Academy is the math part because it really challenges your brain!”  Keep up the good work, Tyler!

1:1 Tutorial Leads to Increase in Skills Performance Woodson 5

Barbara Shelby-Roberts, Program Specialist, reports that benchmark tests and weekly tests created by the Woodson teachers show an increase in skills performance since students began using Stride Academy.

“This particular program offers our students a 1:1 tutorial that is effectively helping them to achieve at much higher levels than before, even for our Kindergarten students. Stride scaledown and up where a particular student needs to focus, and that is making all the difference for them.” – Ms. Shelby-Roberts

Ms. Campbell, a Kindergarten teacher, says her students are seeing their high-frequency words in the Stride Academy reading passages. “This is excellent practice and reinforcement for them. They appreciate being able to listen to the passages being read aloud to them, as well, and this is assisting them in growing in their reading abilities.”

Dinner Will Have to Wait

Woodson 1Woodson students are known to make their parents wait when they come to pick them up (as late as 7 pm!), so they can finish what they are doing in Stride Academy.

“Many of these students do not have access to computers at home. The excitement and rush of using Stride Academy in our computer lab has made ‘computer enrichment’ the most popular tutorial piece in our after-school program,” says Ms. Shelby-Roberts.

Some of the incentives that Woodson teachers and staff are putting into place to further motivate students are: 1,000 coins at the end of the year earns you a seat at the end-of-year pizza party. They will also be organizing a Stride Parade where students who have exceeded their goals in the program will be able to showcase their achievements.

As you can see, we cannot say enough about Woodson K-8 scholars! These students are a great group who deserve to be recognized and commended for their hard work!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful staff at Woodson K-8 (pictured below) for welcoming LTS Education Systems to your school, and allowing us the privilege of getting to know your students! 

Woodson Staff