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Francis Marion School

Blast Off Monday

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Principal, Dr. Cathy Trimble

Superintendent, Mr. John Heard

Blast Off Monday was started to inspire school-wide excellence at Francis Marion School. Each Monday morning, students met in the auditorium following breakfast. The program began with presentations on successful student dress, acceptable and unacceptable behavior in all areas of the school and students’ day. The school’s vision, mission, expectations, and Rise Up slogan were emphasized, and students recited the student creed at each Blast Off Monday assembly. Data was shared from current and previous benchmark assessments which helped students and staff compare academic performance and make decisions to achieve at higher levels. By second semester, Blast Off Monday saw more student involvement and less administrator focus. Students elected class officers and opted to have meetings once a month after Blast Off Monday. Class officers shared ideas, and concerns during “Lunch with the Principal” sessions. Student organizations began presenting programs on various student needs. Students in the school’s two service organizations volunteered to mediate between younger students and teach them conflict resolution skills, thereby contributing to the decline in office referrals and suspensions. Blast Off Monday resulted in students who became more assertive in a positive way and worked tirelessly to change the perception of Francis Marion School.

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