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Stride Dream Board Contest Results

Thank you to all contest participants!

Last month, as students entered spring testing to check their progress toward college and career readiness, Stride™ launched a contest asking students to put their college and career dreams into pictures. Our “College and Career Ready Dream Board Contest” drew participation from across the country—and selecting one school winner was especially difficult in light of the many creative and inspirational entries we received!

Congratulations, Alex Haley Academy in Chicago!


Our winner has been selected from the Chicago Public School District, where Alex Haley Academy had 53 students participate from grades 5-8! Principal Sherry Pirtle coordinated the school’s entry and reported: “I really enjoyed reading all of the boards.The students and teachers enjoyed and learned a great deal from the process.This was truly a great project to engage in prior to Spring Break.”

Principal Pirtle also shared: “The day we posed for our Dream Board group photos, our Mayor [Rahm Emanuel] announced Learn, Plan, Succeed which is a new initiative that requires high school students to have a post-secondary plan, and this activity was a great jumpstart for our students.”

Alex Haley Academy has demonstrated exceptional usage of the Stride online learning program this school year, with 561 students having answered more than 1.1 million questions as of April 2017! They currently rank as the No. 10 school in the country for highest usage of Stride. Thank you, Principal Pirtle and teachers, for leading your school in Stride as well as in this project!
















We’d like to recognize the following Alex Haley Academy students for their participation:

  1. Simba Bryant 8th grade
  2. Charles Johnson 8th grade
  3. Tahria Holley 8th grade
  4. Ranisha Gray 8th grade
  5. Caschay Tate 8th grade
  6. Bianca Tuckenberry 8th grade
  7. Jala Shaw 8th grade
  8. Jalen Shaw 8th grade
  9. Destiny Wagner 8th grade
  10. Asia Smith 8th grade
  11. Chaniya Jemison 8th grade
  12. Zakiya Kellum 8th grade
  13. Kenzaris Polk 8th grade
  14. Steven Brooks 8th grade
  15. Laila Hudson 8th grade
  16. Breonna Hill 8th grade
  17. Micah Gilmore 8th grade
  18. Yugi Hoskin 8th grade
  19. Jamie McCoy 8th grade
  20. Marshay Richardson 8th grade
  21. Khayale Britten 8th grade
  22. Marlene Triplett 8th grade
  23. Mykila Harris 8th grade
  24. Anton Byers 8th grade
  25. Raheem Potts 8th grade
  26. Seneca O’Connor 8th grade
  27. Aalijah Fulton 7th grade
  28. Taylor Shields 7th grade
  29. Kausoundra Clemon 7th grade
  30. Martianna High 6th grade
  31. Sarah Hogan 6th grade
  32. Jaylen Waites 6th grade
  33. Lakefe Woolridge 6th grade
  34. Damia Baker 6th grade
  35. Jailen Randolph 6th grade
  36. Azariyah Pickens 6th grade
  37. Lorie Pennington 6th grade
  38. Makiya Robinson 6th grade
  39. Kaliah Ellis 6th grade
  40. Amber Harris 6th grade
  41. Antonio McDonald 6th grade
  42. Breanna McCrary 6th grade
  43. Lela Cobb 6th grade
  44. David Ramos 6th grade
  45. Katherine Hassan 6th grade
  46. Ashyria Washington 6th grade
  47. Sarah Hogan 6th grade
  48. Tamia McCoy 6th grade
  49. Cortes Thornton 5th grade
  50. Jamarre Dillard 5th grade
  51. Keniya Bell-Proctor 5th grade
  52. Davion Grissett 5th grade
  53. Breonna Potts 5th grade


As our winners, Alex Haley Academy students will each receive a personalized copy of our winner’s certificate (pictured below), a “Stride Monumental Achiever” gold commemorative pin, and Stride sport backpack. Principal Pirtle and staff will receive a beautiful trophy for their school to display. Their winning entries are being highlighted on our Stride social media channels, so be sure to check them out on Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramCongratulations, Alex Haley Academy!


Share Your Dreams!

We want to highlight all of our contest participants for your hard work. Don’t forget to share your school’s dream boards on social media!

Use hashtags: #CollegeAndCareerReady #WeAreTheFuture #DreamBoard #Stride and be sure to tag us! You can find us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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!

Stride Academy Fall Writing Contest WINNER!

Thank you to all the teachers who entered their students in the “What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You” writing contest. Students shared how they were thankful for everything from friends and family to football and food.

Excellent entries came in from all over the country from second graders to eighth graders. In the end, Cassidy A.‘s entry, from Mrs. Brewer’s 3rd grade class at White Plains Elementary School, stood out among the rest. Read her entry below to see why.


Congratulations, Cassidy, on winning a $100 gift card from Papa John’s Pizza for your class! We will be contacting your teacher to deliver your class’ prize!


Stride Academy Fall Writing Contest

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You?


The holiday season is around the corner! Here at LTS we’re celebrating what we’re thankful for all month long. We want to hear from your students and see what they’re thankful for in our Fall Writing Contest!

LTS and Stride Academy are offering a chance for your students’ essay to win a pizza party for their class by participating in the Fall Writing Contest. One student’s paper will be selected by a panel of judges and showcased on our Stride Academy blog! Grade level writing capabilities will be taken into account as we are looking for age-appropriate originality and creativity.


  • Teachers should submit individual students’ papers on the topic: “What does Thanksgiving mean to you?” (1 page maximum).
  • Submissions should be sent to cpowell@ltsed.com and must include the student’s first name and last initial, grade level, class name and school name. Entries must be sent by the classroom teacher to be accepted.
  • All submissions must be received by 5:00pm CST on Friday, November 21. Late entries cannot be accepted.
  • The winning essay will be announced on Monday, November 24 and featured on all LTS social media platforms.


  • The teacher’s class with the winning entry will receive a $100 Papa John’s gift card for a class pizza party and will be featured on our blog.
Questions? Contact: Cate Powell, LTS Customer Experience Specialist, at cpowell@ltsed.com

#StrideCoinMasters Photo Contest

Introducing the #StrideCoinMasters Photo Contest!

Stride Coin - 1000

Starting Monday, September 29th, Stride Academy is hosting the #StrideCoinMasters Photo Contest! Post weekly photos of your top 3 coin earners from your classroom on one of the following social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+. Follow us, and use the hashtag #StrideCoinMasters for your chance to win!

At the end of two weeks, we will choose a winner and the top 3 students in the class will receive a Stride Academy Gym Bag! Winners will be chosen based on top scores and photo creativity. This is a great way to encourage students to participate in Stride Academy!

Submissions are due by 5pm CST on Friday, October 10th. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 13th. They will be featured on all LTS social media platforms and in our monthly newsletter! Feel free to post multiple pictures of the week’s top coin earners!

Here’s How to Enter:

  • Must be following us on the medium in which you are posting.
  • Must tag us and use #StrideCoinMasters.
  • Photos must be of top 3 students; the more creativity the greater the chance to win!
  • Must include top 3 scores of the week in the post.
  • Prizes will go to the 3 students in the chosen photo.
  • All submissions are due by 5:00pm CST on Friday, October 10.

We can’t wait to see how your #StrideCoinMasters have excelled! Don’t forget to follow us on all social media sites to see what others are posting as well!