By Caylah Brewer, DVES third grade
WILMINGTON- Lots of kids are rewarded every Friday morning by the people who spotted them during the week. Shining Stars is a way to recognize students for acts of kindness.
Here at Deerfield Valley Elementary School on Friday mornings the whole school meets in the gym for rep (repertoire, a Friday-morning performance by students). I interviewed Mr. Walling on Monday, January 31. I asked him “How do you feel the Shining Stars program is going?” He said, “I feel the program is working very well. I see students constantly helping and looking out for each other. Students seem real excited on Friday mornings to see if they have received a shining star for the week.”
When the kids are picked to be shining stars they have huge grins! And I also asked him how did the school decide to start the Shining Stars? He said, “We decided to start the new program because we wanted to make a positive change in our school climate.”
I think that was a great idea to make this program happen! I was once picked to be a shining star and I was really glad to be picked as one! It’s really nice to see happy faces! After photos are taken of each shining star they get posted on the front bulletin board near the front door. There are different categories like kindness and teamwork. They have different categories because they want to see other kids get shining stars too. Mr. Walling told me that throughout the year they would be changing the focus of shining stars. For example, one month it may be kindness and the next month it could be cooperation.
I think the shining star program is going really well. Stop by the school some Friday morning during rep to see who gets picked as a shining star.
Valley Youth Sports
By Morgan Ellis, DVES third grade
WILMINGTON- The kids are active when the game starts on Saturday afternoons. The game that I am learning how to play is basketball. Our coach is Robert Bolognani and he is an awesome and exciting coach. Some of the kids call him Mr. B.
I asked Mr. B. why he wanted to be a coach. He told me he loves to see young kids improving in sports. Mr. B. played basketball when he was a kid even though he was small. He thinks spending time with kids through sports is the best part of being a coach.
All the players loved it when we started to practice twice a week in December. Our first game was Saturday, January 8, and we won!
You need to work really hard during practice. Some of the things we do in practice are layups, jump shots, dribbling, and scrimmage games. That is when the team gets split into two groups to play against each other. Practice helps you learn how to play the game as a team.
Basketball was fun and exciting for me this year. I will sign up next year to play again.