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Kudos Bars For Tibbett's Super KidsMonday, October 24, 2011 By Madysen
During the morning announcements you can hear about Tibbetts super kids. They are students that have done a random act of kindness. A teacher enters their names, the names are put into a jar and three names are pulled out and announced in the morning. Kudos means praise and honor received for achievement. Kudos are also the name of a famous chocolate covered granola bar. When a student is selected, he or she is gets a choice: A Kudos bar or a free sports pass to one of the TMS home sporting events. The principal and vice principal were asked about the super kids awards. Here are the questions and answers from our interviews: Principal Karen Brown: Q: What is a Kudos bar? A: It is a granola bar. A treat for kids that recognizes good actions and good behavior. Q: Who came up with the idea for them? A: I did. Q: Why do we have a sports pass as an alternative choice? A: To promote team spirit and to give students a choice. It's a different kind of reward. And it helps students get into sports. Q: Are students more well behaved since you started the Kudo’s bars? A: Yes. Behavior is better since we taught expectations. TMS news also emailed Jovita Mower, a math teacher, about the awards. Here is the Q and A from that e-mail: Jovita Mowrer, math teacher Q: What do you think of the Kudo’s bars? A: I think any form of positive reinforcement is great. I like the idea of also including a free pass into any home game, because we don't want encourage bad eating habits by only handing out chocolate bars. Q: Do you think that it is a good idea? A: Yes. Students realize that teachers and administrators are watching and paying attention. Students get recognized for doing a good act, hence, creating a positive caring environment at Tibbetts. Q: Have any of your students gotten one? A: Xavier has. Here is what Xavier had to say about his award: Xavier, a TMS student who got a "Kudos" Q: How did you feel when you received your Kudos award? A: I felt super special and proud that I got one. Q: What did you do to get it? A: I did not interrupt Mrs. Brown and Mrs. McDaniel-Hill while they were talking. Sharon Seegert, Language Arts teacher Q: What do you think of the Kudo’s bars? A: Using the Kudos bar as a student incentive, I like it! Q: Do you think that it is a good idea? A: Yes, though I'd like to see rewards saved for more notorious random acts of kindness. Q: Have any of your students gotten one? A: I'm sending a name down today for a Kudos bar.