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How A Middle-School Principal Persuaded Students To Come To School


by David Kestenbaum

Shawn Rux took over as principal of MS 53, a New York City middle school, last year. At the time, 50 or 60 kids were absent every day. You could understand why they stayed away: The school was chaos.
Twenty-two teachers had quit, the entire office staff had quit, and hundreds of kids had been suspended. The school was given a grade of F from the city’s department of education.
“It was in a bad place,” Rux says.
Rux decided he needed to create incentives for kids to come to school. Incentives that were more obvious to middle-school kids than, “If you come to school you’ll be better off 20 years from now.”
He handed out raffle tickets to anyone who showed up to school on time. One of the prizes was an Xbox. And he threw in an element of randomness: The first kids in line when the doors opened might get 20 tickets.
It worked. Kids started showing up early.“It was … like, ‘Get out of my way, I’m trying to get into school,’ ” Rux says. “It was nice.”Rux also created his own currency. He called it Rux Bux. Teachers hand them out when kids are well behaved. They can be traded in for school supplies, or special lunches. A sixth-grader named Wander Rodriguez is trying to save up 5,000 Rux Bux — enough for a personal shopping spree with Rux.
The principal also stands outside school every morning, greeting the students as they show up. This recognition is another, subtler incentive to come to school. “I like this school,” Wander Rodriguez says. “They treat me like home, they treat me nice, they always give me stuff. … They always say ‘hi’ in the mornings.”The school went from an F to a C. Daily attendance went up to over 90 percent. Then the hurricane hit.
The school is in Far Rockaway, Queens — one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. Some kids’ homes were destroyed. One student who stayed at home through the storm told a teacher, “My apartment complex was in the middle of the ocean.” Rux’s car was destroyed. The first floor of his house was flooded.After the storm, after school started up again, Rux’s goal was to get attendance back to 90 percent. Every day, his staff texts him the attendance numbers. The day I visited last week, 89.2 percent of students attended school. Close, but not close enough for Rux.
The storm has been tough on everyone, he says. But that’s no excuse. Kids have to be in school.



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goodstuffhappenedtoday:

How A Middle-School Principal Persuaded Students To Come To School

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6 months ago on March 13th, 2014 | J | 113,378 notes

phantomcat94:

Ellen gives Edgar the pizza guy at the Oscars a $1,000 tip (x)

This guy has got to be stupefied. He woke up one morning going “mleh off to deliver pizza for another day” then he got called by Ellen Degeneres of all people and delivered to the Oscars and now he’s been on the Ellen show to get a $1000 tip like ?!?!?!?! Go pizza guy. Your claim to fame is pizza delivery. Go you.

Please tell me I’m no the only one seeing Edgar Ellen Dough?

6 months ago on March 5th, 2014 | J | 291,882 notes

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andrew-satan-hussie:

Man I feel really bad for the Tumblr Staff because I bet they aimed for Tumblr to be a cool, suavé, photographic place for artists but in reality it’s made up of hormonal teenagers who obsess over gay fictional characters, and can’t even handle the reblog button turning green to teal

IT IS MINT GREEN

6 months ago on March 5th, 2014 | J | 364,903 notes

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Getting healthier takes time and staying motivated can be a big hurdle so I hope some of these projects help! They’re designed to inspire you to change up your routine, remember how far you’ve come and give you that extra push you need on the hardest days. This should never feel like a punishment, getting fit should be something that makes you happy so fill your days with foods you love, fitness you enjoy and rewards that make you smile!

For more motivational ideas, projects and tips go here! :)

Desperately need this right now!

8 months ago on January 6th, 2014 | J | 14,374 notes
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"I’ve written a song for my wife."

Fred was married 72 years to his wife. He wrote a song for her when he saw a songwriting contest advertised in the paper, and he couldn’t resist writing one for her. She had just passed a month earlier.
They had been together since the 30′s.
96 years old, Fred couldn’t play an instrument or sing, so he simply mailed in his lyrics, attaching his story in the letter. When the studio holding the contest saw his song and read his letter, they decided to record it for him and play the song for him to hear.

I don’t care. This means a lot. 

fuck

This made me cry

1 year ago on August 31st, 2013 | J | 182,825 notes

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Imagine a movie like The Avengers

But instead of Marvel heroes joining forces

It was Disney Princesses

“I have an army,” Maleficent taunted.

“Yeah?” said Rapunzel, “We have Kuzco.”

YOU THREW OFF MY GROOVE

“That’s my secret Mulan… I’m always off groove

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“Kuzco.. Smash

when he’s angry he turns into a giant llama

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LKFD;KFKLS;

My fav thing has to be that it’s just a given fact that Kuzco is a princess at this point!!

1 year ago on July 25th, 2013 | J | 299,752 notes

batched:

omfg so I tried that leg-shave recipe today and holy shit my legs have never felt softer than this

IT FEELS SOFTER THAN BABY’S SKIN

Gotta use this tomorrow for my Grad Ball!!

1 year ago on July 18th, 2013 | J | 31 notes

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If this gets 3 million notes I’ll make a dress out of theseimage

And wear it to the nearest major city 

SIGNAL BOOST AND IF IT GETS TO FOUR MILLION YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE A TIARA THAT MATCHES.

YOU’RE GONNA REGRET PUTTING THIS ON TUMBLR

>:}

1 year ago on June 8th, 2013 | J | 569,257 notes
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Like, I knew shepherding was a boring job

but these guys really had nothing better to do

Oh my god

this is the BEST THING

I HAVE SEEN

ALL MONTH

Could not hit reblog fast enough.

you are SHITTING ME

Best video

How even

I am so into this.

OMG

THIS IS STRAIGHT UP INCREDIBLE

This puts Ohio State’s video game halftime show to shame, AND I WAS IN THAT SHOW

1 year ago on June 2nd, 2013 | J | 144,642 notes
eat-pure:

All of these link you to a post on my blog, but there will be another link in that post which will link you to the recipe or just click on the picture!
Breakfast 
OATMEAL/OATS
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Baked Banana, Blueberry and Raisin Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal Casserole 
Baked Raspberry-Banana-Almond Butter Oatmeal
Banana Bread Protein Oatmeal
Banana Oat Chia Seed Pudding
Berry Oat Cups
Blueberry Oatmeal
Coconut Overnight Oats
Creamy Oatmeal with Banana Nut Topping
Overnight Oats
Peach Pie Oatmeal
Peanut Butter/Banana Oatmeal
Raspberry Overnight Oats
Savoury Oatmeal
Various Overnight Oats Recipes
Various Overnight Oats Recipes 2
PANCAKES
Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
Banana Maca Pancakes
Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
Chocolate Banana Pancake Bars
Flourless Coconut and Banana Pancakes
Greek Yoghurt Pancakes
Paleo Pancakes
Pancakes in a Jar (not a recipe)
Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
OTHER
Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza
Avocado Fried Egg
Baked Eggs in Tomato Cups
Banana “Scramble”
Berry Greek Yoghurt Parfait
Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Boost Sprinkle
Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Tostadas
Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash
Cocoa Banana Breakfast Quinoa With Walnuts
Coconut Breakfast Quinoa
Healthy French Toast
Huevos Rancheros
No Added Sugar Granola (Vegan, Gluten-free, can be Nut-free)
Oat Bran ”English Muffin” 
Olive Oil Poached Eggs on Avocado and Braised Kale Toast
Paleo Banana Almond Muffins
Peanut Butter and Banana Yoghurt 
Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl
Raw Buckwheat Porridge
Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Granola
Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galette
Sponge Omelette with Yoghurt and Blueberries
Super Food Fruit Salad + Cacao Puree. Over Warm Brown Rice
Toasted Banana Breakfast Roll
Vegan Pumpkin French Toast

eat-pure:

All of these link you to a post on my blog, but there will be another link in that post which will link you to the recipe or just click on the picture!

Breakfast 

OATMEAL/OATS

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Baked Banana, Blueberry and Raisin Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal Casserole 

Baked Raspberry-Banana-Almond Butter Oatmeal

Banana Bread Protein Oatmeal

Banana Oat Chia Seed Pudding

Berry Oat Cups

Blueberry Oatmeal

Coconut Overnight Oats

Creamy Oatmeal with Banana Nut Topping

Overnight Oats

Peach Pie Oatmeal

Peanut Butter/Banana Oatmeal

Raspberry Overnight Oats

Savoury Oatmeal

Various Overnight Oats Recipes

Various Overnight Oats Recipes 2

PANCAKES

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Banana Maca Pancakes

Blueberry & Banana Pancakes

Chocolate Banana Pancake Bars

Flourless Coconut and Banana Pancakes

Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

Paleo Pancakes

Pancakes in a Jar (not a recipe)

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

OTHER

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

Avocado Fried Egg

Baked Eggs in Tomato Cups

Banana “Scramble”

Berry Greek Yoghurt Parfait

Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Boost Sprinkle

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Tostadas

Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

Cocoa Banana Breakfast Quinoa With Walnuts

Coconut Breakfast Quinoa

Healthy French Toast

Huevos Rancheros

No Added Sugar Granola (Vegan, Gluten-free, can be Nut-free)

Oat Bran ”English Muffin” 

Olive Oil Poached Eggs on Avocado and Braised Kale Toast

Paleo Banana Almond Muffins

Peanut Butter and Banana Yoghurt 

Pomegranate Yogurt Bowl

Raw Buckwheat Porridge

Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Granola

Red Pepper and Baked Egg Galette

Sponge Omelette with Yoghurt and Blueberries

Super Food Fruit Salad + Cacao Puree. Over Warm Brown Rice

Toasted Banana Breakfast Roll

Vegan Pumpkin French Toast

1 year ago on May 31st, 2013 | J | 16,394 notes
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