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STEP Students Earn Blue Light Special
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Eight students in the Skills Training & Education Program (STEP) earned a Blue Light Special, a unique recognition in the Boys Town Specialized Classroom Management system.
They are: Joseph Dick, Newcomb CSD, Anthony Goodspeed, South Glens Falls; Jacarus Gibson, South Glens Falls CSD; Damian Grabowski-Berry, Queensbury CSD; Skylar Jackson, Cambridge CSD; Joe Moorehouse, Granviille; Christopher Steady, North Warren CSD; and Trevor Warrington, Queensbury CSD.
The Boys Town Specialized Classroom Management System is a highly effective national model that is implemented throughout the Exceptional Learners Division.
Reminiscent of national retailer K Mart’s Blue Light Special which features special sales, Boys Town uses the designation as a motivator.
The Blue Light Special is a one-time opportunity to jump up to Progress Level more quickly. In order to take advantage of the Blue Light Special the student must:
The Blue Light Special increases a students advantage towards earning privileges and special items – for example lunch buyouts and other high point items. They also receive ‘discounts’ for certain items.
This is the first time in STEP history that such a large number of students were able to achieve this goal. This puts STEP students off to a great start for the school year. The achievement is no easy feat, considering students are coming in from different schools and backgrounds.
Ninth grader Damian Grabowski-Berry of Queensbury CSD said “I had to put my mind to it.”
Ninth grader Jacarus Gibson of South Glens Falls CSD was glad he did it. He said he “had to have a lot of self-discipline.”
Dean of Students Ruth Shippee said she is thrilled that “the students pulled together and supported one another to make good choices. That’s what it is all about.”
Principal for Boys Town, Elizabeth McGraw explained, “the purpose of the Blue Light Special is for students who are entering the program brand new, who have never been in the Boys Town model before, but are highly skilled and don’t need the daily log to come in during the first 10 days of school and demonstrate that they have the right skills – accepting criticism, accepting feedback - to move up to Progress Level”.
Principal McGraw said, “this gives students who are highly skilled an opportunity to be at a level that is appropriate to them.”
The strategies and techniques of the Boys Town model have been carefully designed to help students grow and learn, especially in the area of social interaction.
Jacarus Gibson and Trevor Warrington enjoy the party in their honor.
Blue Light Special Award certificates
Trevor Warrington shows his certificate