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CMMS science teacher receives MSI Distinguished Teacher Award from the Museum of Science & Industry


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LEADER IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: CMMS 7th grade science teacher, Ms. Myetta Ali, (right) shares a smile with CMMS principal Kokona Chrisos at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (MSI) where Ms. Ali received the Lester Crown MSI Distinguished Teacher Award for her extraordinary dedication to her students and the science teaching profession.

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Celebrations 
  • Name That Tune (school-wide using intercom)
  • Field Day
  • Movie & Popcorn Day
  • Class pictures of students without referrals for the quarter
  • Board games brought from home
  • Stations with activities in the gym
  • Extra gym or recess time
  • Picnic Lunch (allow students to eat outside)
  • Student/faculty basketball or volleyball game
  • Hat Day
  • Team Day to support a favorite team
  • Pajama Day
  • Sock Hop
  • Backwards Day


Teaching Expectations
  • Cool Tools/Behavioral Lesson Plans
  • Review of data (SWIS and Surveys)
  • Daily school-wide announcements and Random Reminders
  • Bingo boards in classrooms with weekly drawing of a winner from each class
  • Video or DVD for re-teaching and teaching new students
  • Tri-fold for desks (Each side explains school-wide expectation)
  • “Who Got Caught” announcements as reminders for staff & students
  • School-wide bingo
  • School-wide act out scenarios teaching expectations
  • Wanted Posters
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Use literature
  • Bulletin boards
  • Montage of students showing expected behaviors
  • Student made brochures to send home

Student Incentives
Academic Activities such as:
  • Help a classmate
  • Help a teacher present a lesson
  • Play academic computer games
  • Read a story to a younger student
  • Select a friend as a “study buddy” on an in-class work assignment
  • Select a friend to sit with

Helping Activities such as:
  • Help in another class
  • Adopt a younger student as a mentor
  • Deliver school-wide announcements
  • Help in the library or office
  • Help the art, music or P.E. teacher

Recreation Activities such as:
  • Earn extra gym time with another class
  • Listen to music for a short time
  • Play a game with a friend
  • Drawing time

Prizes/Privileges/Rewards such as:
  • Allow student to call a parent
  • Choose a special seat during story time
  • Choose a special seat during independent seat work
  • Redeem acknowledgements at a school store
  • Be allowed to have first choice in selecting something
  • Line leader
  • Lunch in the classroom on a cold day
  • IOU redeemable for credit on one wrong item on an assignment
  • Pass to “Get out of one homework assignment”
  • Season passes to a sporting event in the school
  • A picture with a favorite teacher
  • Drum lesson with the band teacher
  • Jump line pass for the cafeteria
  • Pick a friend to make a pizza
  • Bag raffles to redeem individual acknowledgements
  • Special lunches (staff, police, fire fighters, custodian, etc.)
  • Lunch at a special table in the cafeteria
  • Dessert with the principal
  • Principal for the day
  • Answer the school phone for an hour
  • Sit in a chair at an assembly, rather than the floor

Staff Incentives
  • Coupons for release time, extended lunch, late arrival
  • Teacher's name placed on school sign
  • Random raffles at a staff meeting
  • “Café Cart” to deliver coffee, juices or treats to teachers in their classrooms
  • Fortune cookies “We wish you good fortune this holiday season”
  • Carnations for lunch supervisors on Valentine's Day
  • A coffee bar in the staff lounge
  • Everyone brings a candy bar for the school custodian
  • Recognize teacher assistants with hand lotion for “lending a helping hand”
  • Attach a small not to a piece of candy to say thanks to the staff

Fundraising Ideas
  • Change Wars/ Penny Wars
  • Candy Canes with a message attached
  • Smencils
  • Carnation sale (Valentine's Day/Mother's Day)
  • Pizza Kits from Little Caesars
  • Drive through Dinners
  • School Sportswear Sale
  • Pizza Day in lunchroom
  • Doughnut Day
  • Non-uniform Day (charging a small fee)
  • Raffle (bike or donated item)
  • Dances

Family Engagement
  • Letter & matrix sent home to families explaining school-wide systems
  • Parent Handbook
  • Parent member on Universal Team
  • Parent volunteers to help with activities
  • Parents invited to participate in an activity
  • Presentation at P.T.A. meeting and/or Open House
  • Newsletter Updates
  • Brochure sent home in report cards (staff or student made)
  • Donations for school store or acknowledgement program
  • Monthly Parent Meetings
  • Allow a student to call a parent for something positive
  • Print a blank coupon in the school newsletter for parents to complete and send back to school
  • Send home a blank bingo card for families to use at home to acknowledge and reinforce expectations

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