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Spark Spotlight

 

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April 21, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is Kindergartener, Chase Hartley. He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Main. Mrs. Main says, "Chase has all the SPARK qualities and models those daily for other students. He encourages peers and praises their accomplishments. I am impressed by Chase’s work ethic and motivation to do his best work. He is an all around great kid!"

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April 14th, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is 1st grader, Maddy Seiter, She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Gripshover. Mrs. Gripshover says, "Maddy is a very hard worker who always gives her best. She is a very positive person and has a great attitude. She shows kindness and respect to her teachers and classmates. Maddy is a good example to others. She demonstrates how to behave and how to be like Spark. I can always count on Maddy to follow the rules. She is joy to work with."

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March 31, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is 4th grader, Sara Merryman, She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Shumate. Mrs. Shumate says, "It is with great pleasure that I nominate Sara Merryman to be the Spark Spotlight! Sara is, without a doubt, one of the kindest, hardest working and helpful students. In my math class, Sara is always taking initiative to try to new things. When she doesn’t get something the first time, she never gives up, asks for help, and learns! This makes her an outstanding student. In addition, Sara is always helping others. She is kind to her fellow classmates and doesn’t hesitate when a fellow classmate asks her to explain something they are struggling with. She smiles often and is always willing to be a good friend. I am proud of all Sara’s accomplishments!

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March 24, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is 4th grader, Kaitlyn Bass, She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. W illoughby. Mrs. Willoughby says, "Kaitlyn shows the absolute best qualities connected with our SPARK acronym. She comes to school each day with a positive attitude - with the mindset of being open to all that the day has to offer. She is always kind and respectful to anyone she comes in contact with - whether it be classmates or teachers. It is a pleasure to see a young person exhibit a self awareness that shows a readiness to learn and grow each and every day. Thanks for being a SPARK for all of us, Kaitlyn!"

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March 17, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is 3rd grader, Kolin Greer, He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Taylor. Mrs. Taylor says, "Kolin is always exhibiting positive, SPARK-like qualities. He is kind, positive, and respectful to his peers and adults. He is always working hard and focused on what he is supposed to be doing. Even if he isn’t particularly excited about an assignment or activity, he gives it 100% all of the time. I am so proud of Kolin and grateful to have students like him in my class."

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March 10, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is 2nd grader, Lexi Andros, She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Duncan. Mrs. Duncan says, "Lexi shows characteristics of self awareness, positivity, gratitude, respect and kindness on a daily basis in the classroom. She is a joy to have in class."

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March 3, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is 2nd grader, Evan Coburn, He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Wingrove. Mrs. Wingrove says, "Evan demonstrates the SPARK like qualities towards his classmates and teachers each and every day. I love the way Evan is so caring and empathetic towards his peers when they are having a hard day. He is always willing to give someone a smile and find the positive in any situation."

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February 24, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is Ryann Wren, She was nominated by Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson says, "Ryann is the personification of the SPARK-like qualities! She shows self awareness and respect by always doing what is asked of her and meeting expectations. Ryann always says “thank you”, showing a great Attitude of Gratitude. She goes above and beyond by showing Positivity and Kindness by being helpful and encouraging to her classmates. In five years, I have never heard her say one negative thing or be anything but an exemplary student!"

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February 17, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is Chase Northcutt, a 1st grader in Mrs. Chaney's class. He was nominated by Mrs. Chaney. Mrs. Chaney says, "Chase is a great student because he is persistent. He stays positive and never gives up. He shows that same positive spirit to his classmates. He is constantly encouraging them for their efforts. He also has a big heart. In December, Chase led the first grade service project called Socks Rock. Chase had been collecting socks for the homeless for the past couple of years but this year his classmates decided to help him in his effort. We collected over 700 pairs of socks to add to Chase’s collection of over 3000. Clearly Chase has an attitude of gratitude as he tries to help those less fortunate. He truly shows SPARK qualities in everything he does"

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February 10, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is Austin Domec, a 1st grader in Mrs. Thompson's class. He was nominated by Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Thompson says, "Austin is always kind to the other students. He is always easygoing, too. He shows respect to his classmates and to teachers. Austin is definitely a SPARK student and is a role model for other students. Austin, our class is a great class because of you!"

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February 3, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is Adam Wetter, a 2nd grader in Mrs. Wingrove's class. He was nominated by Mrs. Wingrove. Mrs. Wingrove says, "Adam demonstrates the SPARK-like qualities each and every day. He is kind, generous, and caring towards anyone he meets. Adam is consistently ready to learn, willing to help, and always smiling! Thank you Adam for being such a great role model towards your peers."

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January 27, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is Bella DeMaria. She was nominated by Mrs. Chrisco. Mrs. Chrisco says, "Every day, without fail, Bella is all smiles. She goes out of her way to stop by the art room to say good morning and to ask if there is anything that I need help with. She has even offered to selflessly give up recess time to help out. I always look forward to seeing her smiling face. Bella is a ray of sunshine on any cloudy day. She is a positive role model for her fellow classmates and an exemplary artist. She truly embodies the spirit of SPARK."

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January 20, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 3rd grade student in Mrs. Taylor's class, Isabella Jackson. She was nominated by our librarian, Mrs. Langsdale. Mrs. Langsdale says, "Isabella is always eager to help in the library.  She takes the initiative to help students locate books without being asked by a teacher, and is always positive and cheerful. She is respectful and kind to others, and I always see a smile on her face. She exhibits many of the Spark qualities!"

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January 13, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 3rd grade student, Jack Hatfield. He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Taylor. Mrs. Taylor says, "In December, Jack planned, prepared, and coordinated a toy drive for our classroom for toys to be donated to the children at St. Elizabeth. He inspired kindness in all of the students in our class to give presents to the kids at the hospital. He sparked an excitement for giving in our classroom and also reminded us what Christmas is all about."

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January 6, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 4th grade student, Evan Michaelson. He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Tranter. Mrs. Tranter says, "Evan is a true role model for his peers. He is kind to everyone and goes out of his way to make sure that others are included in group activities. Evan always has a smile on his face and is ready to learn each and every day. He genuinely brings out the best in people and leaves a positive impact on those that meet him. Mann Elementary is a better place because of Evan!"

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January 1, 2019

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 4th grade student, Abram Pabst. He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Shumate. Mrs. Shumate says, "Abram moved to our school this year and has immediately understood how to demonstrate SPARK-like qualities. Abram is kind, thoughtful and always positive. He is always smiling and sharing positivity anywhere he goes. He looks out for his classmates and his teachers. He has fit in here at Mann perfectly and has become a role model for those around him. I am proud to have Abram in my class."

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December 16 , 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 2nd grade student, Paisley Rohman. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Gripshover. Mrs. Gripshover says, "Paisley is always following classroom and school procedures. She exhibits all of the spark like qualities. She is very positive and comes to school every day in a happy mood. She is eager to help others and shows kindness to everyone . She is respectful of her peers, teachers, and other adults. She is a model student who exhibits excellent behavior and always does her personal best with both her behavior and school work."

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December 9, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 2nd grade student, Liza Andros. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Wingrove. Mrs. Wingrove says, "Liza reminds me of SPARK because of her helpfulness and empathy towards others. She is a hard-worker and never gives up. Liza demonstrates the SPARK like qualities each day towards myself and her classmates. I am thankful for her kind heart, precious smile, and the encouragement she gives to those around her."

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December 2, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 5th grade student, Avery Love. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson says, "Avery is always modeling SPARK like behavior! She’s positive and supportive of her peers. She’s respectful of others around her and helps whenever possible. She is very kind and her compassion for others is truly inspirational! Keep up the great work, Avery!"

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November 25, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 2nd grade student, Clara Kaiser. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Thompson says, "Clara always shows spark-like qualities especially, being kind to others and willing to help anyone in our class. She always does her very best in her school work. She brightens our day!"

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November 18, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 2nd grade student, Will Zeinner. He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Wingrove. Mrs. Wingrove says, "Will is hard-working, caring, and always helpful. Will demonstrates the SPARK like qualities day in and day out by encouraging his classmates when they are having a rough day or simply trying to make them smile. He is great at scanning for the positive in all we do throughout the day and outside of the classroom!"

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November 11, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 2nd grade student, Ronan Schneider. He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Duncan. Mrs. Duncan says, "Ronan shows many of the qualities of Spark daily in the classroom. Ronan is always very positive and respectful. He is also very kind to his peers. Ronan is a wonderful role model in second grade."

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Novemberr 4, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 1st grade student, Hallie Patton. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Mason. Mrs. Mason says, "Hallie Patton is a first grade student that shows all of the qualities of Spark each day. She is caring and respectful to her peers. Hallie always helps others and has a positive attitude in and out of our classroom. Hallie took Spark home for a week and enjoyed showing him how she lives her life with spark-like qualities. She even gave Spark a bath."

 

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October 29, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 5th grade student, Ruby Ponce. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Trego. Mrs. Trego says, "Rubi is such a kind, caring and hardworking student. She has a heart of gold and exhibits that toward her peers as well as all of her teachers day in and day out! She always gives 100% on all she does! She is an amazing young lady and sets a good example of what SPARK looks like at Mann Elementary!"

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October 21, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 5th grade student, Alissa Dorgan. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Coyle. Mrs. Coyle says, "Alissa is a ray of sunshine! She not only works hard to excel in all of her subjects but she is kind, generous, and loving to all that meet her. She is a special young lady!!"

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October 15, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 3rd grade student, Lucy Dalhover. She was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Taylor. I was very touched by Ms. Taylor's nomination. Here are Ms. Taylor's comments:   "I just want to brag on Lucy for a for her incredible, SPARK-like behavior.  Earlier this week, Lucy made a personalized acrostic poem for every student in our class. She did these at home on her own time. This was not a class assignment of any kind. She made a specific one for each student in the class with specific qualities that they have. She didn’t do these for any special recognition and I didn't even know she had completed them until Friday. I was moved to tears that she would choose to do something this kind for each and every student in our class. She is such a genuine and kind person and I am grateful for Lucy. She truly makes our classroom a more positive environment and I’m blessed to be her teacher." Now how cool is that?? Spark would be very proud of that amazing act of kindness!

 

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October 8, 2018

This week our Spark Spotlight is on 2nd grade student, Lily Ferguson. She was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Morgan. I can certainly understand why she was nominated!  Here are Ms. Morgan's comments: "Lily loves everything about the Spark, the orange frog. She read the comic book and actually read the Orange Frog Book. She also wants Ms. Crigger to make it an AR book. She is ALL IN!!  Lily is always kind. Each day she is encouraging others and scanning for the positive. She is 'sparking on' the other students in the classroom." Thanks so very much Ms. Morgan for the nomination and I could not agree with you more. After she read the Orange Frog book she hopped off the bus the next morning to have a conversation with me about it. She knew the book inside and out! So Lily, we are grateful you are doing your best to exemplify our SPARK qualities each day and having a Ripple Effect in your class and school. Way to go!!!

 

 

 

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October 1, 2018

Even though we do not have a picture for our Spark Spotlight this week, Ms. Sullivan and I would like to do something a little different and nominate our Mann PTA for the Spark Spotlight this week. Here are our comments:  "We work very hard to make sure our students understand acts of kindness and gratitudes. We know that when students can focus on gratitudes it helps their brains stay in a more positive state, which helps learning. With that in mind, we wanted to nominate our PTA for the Spark Spotlight. It would be difficult to just choose one of them since they all work together to perform so many acts of kindness for our students and staff. Acts of Kindness and gratitudes are two of the tactics of the Happiness Advantage principle. What a better way for our students to truly understand those principles than to see them in action. So MANY, MANY THANKS to our PTA for all you do to be a positive example of what acts of kindness looks like for our students."

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September 24, 2018

This week I took the liberty of nominating someone for our Spark Spotlight. That is her hiding behind the kiddos. I am nominating our assistant principal, Ms. Sullivan. Here are my comments: "Ms. Sullivan is a great example for students and staff of exhibiting the qualities of SPARK. She is definitely positive, kind, grateful, and respectful. She loves to interact with the students as you can tell from her walkathon picture. This is her third year at Mann and she has been a true bright light on our staff. She encourages the students in the hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, playground, etc. She loves the students and works hard to make sure they understand and exhibit the qualities of SPARK." Thanks Ms. Sullivan for being a part of Mannland and being a great example of SPARK!!

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September 17, 2018

This week's Spark Spotlight is on a delightful 2nd grade student from Ms. Darpel's class, Jaxon Bradley. He was nominated by our head custodian, Mr. Rusty, and one of our Ms. Beth (Buerger) from the front office.  Here is what they had to say: "We would like to nominate Jaxon Bradley for the Spark Spotlight. He is so polite every time he comes in the office for anything. He will hold the door for people and ALWAYS says please and thank you. He is so helpful to everyone including anything he can do to help Mr. Rusty. He truly embraces positivity and kindness. We have never seen him without a smile on his face. When we look at the list of qualities of Spark, Jaxon is a perfect example of those qualities. We are very excited to nominate Jaxon for the Spark Spotlight." Thanks Ms. Beth and Mr. Rusty. I couldn't agree with you more. I was walking by his class in the hall the other day and he said, "Ms. Crigger, I think you are doing a good job as our principal!" That just made my day. Congratulations Jaxon for being a great example of a SPARK.

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September 10, 2018

I am so excited that two of our amazing 5th grade leaders were nominated for our Spark Spotlight. Let me introduce Anthony Coppola and Julia Dalhover. They were nominated by our Assistant Principal, Ms. Sullivan. Here is what she had to say: "I would like to nominate Julia and Anthony because they are true examples of the Ripple Effect. They are now serving as our representatives to the Superintendent's student advisory council. They come in the building each day with a smile on their face and model the characteristics of Spark. For that reason, I think they more than deserve to be nominated for our Spark Spotlight!" Thanks Ms. Sullivan, I couldn't agree with you more. I know they will lead by example! Congrats to Julia and Anthony.

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September 3, 2018

Since I didn't get the forms out early enough for nominations for Spark of the week, I decided to just take a moment to explain a little about our Spark Characteristics. Last year our AMAZING student principal's council came up with our acronym and definitions for SPARK. This is our new acronym for our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The students did a great job defining each letter and we have been talking about these each day on our school announcements. When a student or staff member is nominated for our Spark Spotlight, then he/she has demonstrated these qualities on a daily basis and has definitely had a 'ripple effect' on others.