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New perks added to reward Responsibility Roll students

By Justine Frenzel

The Mustang Express

"Increasing the motivation to be on response," was the reason Principal Shannon Avenson gave for the staff's decision to add a few more privileges for the students who gain response.

Starting this school year, there are new perks for students that may give them more motivation to try to make response.

The new privileges added to the list of perks include the following: Being able to attend Northome School sponsored activities for free, such as dances or sports events.

Response students now also have a new lounge area in the commons, and the student council may be putting a ping-pong table in the commons for response students to be able to check out the ping pong balls and paddles. Also, regardless of ages of the response students, they can keep their spot in the lunch line.

To be able to take advantage of any of these new privileges students need to have their response card with them.

Response is a privilege that students earn and teachers grade students on at the end of each quarter. They are graded on the following four criteria: cooperation (citizenship, following the rules and regulations); courtesy (behavior toward others); work habits (use of study time and class participation) and dependability (attendance, punctuality, and general dependability).

Students are graded on a 1 to 12 scale. The lowest grade the student can receive is an A- to be able to make it on response.

The previous privileges included being able to play in the gym as long as there are no classes taking place at the time, sitting in the lounge, going to the library as long as the teacher in the library permits, going on the sidewalks around the school (but not in the parking lot), and leaving study halls or classes with the teacher's permission up to five minutes early.

Once a student is on response, he or she can lose the privileges. Some of the ways to be removed from response are: if you are caught off the grounds that are permitted in the handbook, if you are misbehaving while out of the room on response you will immediately receive thirty minutes of detention and after a second offense of this time their response pass will be taken away. Any student that is on response that receives more than two detentions will also lose their response card.

Yearbook Deadlines

The NHS yearbook staff sends out a reminder to the students who will be graduating in 2011 to submit a picture by Nov. 24.

Sending pictures via e-mail is the best. Be sure your pictures are wallet-sized, 300 resolution giffs or jpegs. Senior quotes and baby pictures will be due on the same date.

Climb Theatre Oct. 12

Another free Climb Theatre performance for students in grades K-9 on the subject of bullying, is planned for Oct. 12.

The sixth through ninth grade performance will be at 9:15 a.m. They are also doing other shows for grades K-2 and 3-5.

Release Time Starts

Release time at Hope Lutheran Church began Sept. 29 and runs through April 20. Elementary students will attend most Wednesdays from 2-3:05 p.m. Secondary students will be on an every other Wednesday schedule, also beginning on the 29. Permission slips are available in the office and must be signed by a parent and returned to the school.

Religious Ed classes for St. Michael and St. Catherine Catholic Churches will be Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 6.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Oct. 12 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. and again Oct. 19 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. for all grades.