by Lisa Tome
Dara Montgomery looked at every one of the 550 second marking period report cards before they went home to parents last week.
Montgomery, guidance office secretary at Perryville Middle School, is a perfectionist. "I wanted to make sure they are correct," said Montgomery.
Those who earn perfect attendance and/or honor roll at the school are rewarded for it. There is an honors breakfast where each student gets to invite family. They receive a certificate and pencil as well as the free milk and donuts. In all, 77 sixth graders, 84 seventh graders, and 72 eighth graders were rewarded for good grades.
There is also another incentive. On Friday morning, the students who earned good grades got time to play. Huge inflatables were brought into the school's gym and during special classes, students got to go in the gym, and climb and jump to celebrate. The inflatables were funded with PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) monies.
The school has also purchased snow cone, popcorn, and hot dog machines using BoxTops for Education proceeds.
Rising Sun Middle principal Dr. Stuart Hutchinson said that good grades matter. Due to grades being posted online, parents who check aren't surprised if their child does or doesn't make the honor roll. "It's not as much a surprise as it used to be. But they are still proud," he said. Each student who earns honor roll gets a certificate. Dr. Hutchinson also said the students are supported at home.
About half the 660 students at the school earned honor roll the second marking period - 204 were honor roll and 86 made distinguished honor roll.