Subject Award Assemblies
Since 2009, Balboa teachers identify and honor sustained student effort, positive attitudes, and high achievement at our semester Subject Award Assemblies.
Our entire school community looks forward to these assemblies as part of the Balboa experience. The approximately 150 students honored at the subject awards are also considered at the end of the year for the highly coveted Explorer of the Year Award. Occasionally, a few students in each grade level receive multiple awards from two or more of their teachers. Teachers keep their nominations top secret and Balboa mails home letters with the nomination information to parents. The element of surprise heightens the experience for the kids and families. Parents are encouraged to attend the ceremony and capture the moment on their cameras. In addition, two yearbook students create a visual presentation of images and inspirational quotes as a way to inspire all of our youth.
“We want our students to know that we appreciate the time and effort they put in to being strong learners and role models,” said Mrs. Gretchen Bradvica, one of Balboa’s school counselors. “When we take time to acknowledge these great kids in a public forum, other students choose to step up their work and find the motivation to do their best work. We build developmental assets and strengthen relationships between students and campus staff. It’s a beautiful thing.”
In addition to the semester Subject Awards, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are also recognized for the following at our year-end assemblies:
· Perfect Attendance (1, 2, and 3 years)
· Accelerated Reader Award (to the one student with the most AR points at the end of the year)
· 4.0 GPA (1, 2, and 3 years)
· Explorer of the Year (awarded to the top boy and top girl of each grade level based on a series of teacher votes)
Eighth graders have a few additional award categories at their final assembly:
· Presidential Excellence Awards (3.5 cumulative GPA for all three years and an advanced CST score from 7th grade in either math or language arts)
· Presidential Achievement Awards (students who face some of life’s biggest challenges and still manage to make school a priority)
· McFadden Awards (the top male and top female athletes in the 8th grade class as determined by the PE Department)
Not everyone gets an award…
Even if your child doesn’t receive an award, you can and should praise him or her for the effort made and the improvement shown. Balboa’s counselors focus on progress, not perfection. Kids feel great when they are moving in the right direction and gaining skills and confidence.
Balboa Breakfast Awards
Each month from October through April, Balboa teachers and staff participate in the Breakfast Awards, an early morning gathering in the library of about 15 students, their teachers, and families. Teachers nominate students who make a positive impression through their contributions in class and their positive attitudes at school. A week before the awards, our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Deanna Baczek, makes calls to the homes of the honored students and invites each family to the event. The honored students are often the ones who quietly go about doing the right things every day. Listening to the teachers share their thoughts and observations about the kids reminds remind all of us just how wonderful Balboa students are.
Through this kind of recognition, student assets are built and students feel more connected to school. Research has shown the importance of building assets through the recognition of academic effort and personal character traits.
For more information about the 40 Developmental Assets, go to www.search-institute.org