Ad Spot

West Madison staff endures pie-in-face for reading

West Madison Principal Dr. Daphne Jah appears frightened as top reader Katie Grace Jones prepares to throw a pie. (CONTRIBUTED)
West Madison Principal Dr. Daphne Jah appears frightened as top reader Katie Grace Jones prepares to throw a pie. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – Getting students excited about reading takes top priority for West Madison Elementary School. Faculty members even will take a pie in the face for the cause.

For 17 years, West Madison has applied Accelerated Reader (AR) from Renaissance Learning Inc. Students independently select books at their reading level and later take comprehension tests.

Teachers set point goals for students each nine weeks. “If students reach point goal and 90-percent average on tests, they receive a free hockey ticket,” second-grade teacher Cheryl Bailey said.

“AR is all about independent reading. It’s important to find time to devote to silent-sustained practice, no matter what their level,” Bailey said. She has weekly conferences with students about test scores, rewards them for benchmarks met and informs parents about their child’s progress.

For each 10 points, Bailey gives rewards, like homework passes, special pens and markers, chapter books, extra recess and reading to younger students. At 100 points, students are recognized in morning announcements. For 125 points, students and Bailey have a special lunch. At 150 and 175 points, she surprises students with a special gift. Students with the top five AR points receive bookstore gift cards.

Cheryl Bailey, center, survived the pie-in-the face and shares a laugh with West Madison top readers Anna Digges, left, and Katie Grace Jones. (CONTRIBUTED)
Cheryl Bailey, center, survived the pie-in-the face and shares a laugh with West Madison top readers Anna Digges, left, and Katie Grace Jones. (CONTRIBUTED)

The ultimate prize occurs at 200 points — students ‘pie’ Bailey in the face at the end-of-year class party. Bailey supplied garbage bags, goggles and shower caps for ‘pied victims.’

Eight-year-old Katie Grace Jones, the 2013 top reader, reached 200 points and negotiated with Bailey for her 300-point reward. Jones wanted to ‘pie’ her first-grade teacher Toni Daniel. At 400 points, Jones asked to ‘pie’ assistant principal Kathy Miller.

“Katie reached 400 points in April,” Bailey said. “She asked to ‘pie’ principal Dr. Daphne Jah if she reached 500 points. Katie was my number one reader with 500.1 points.”

Anna Digges, also 8, took second place with 356 points. At 300 points, Digges ‘pied’ library aide Linda Moe.

“Rewarding my students with small rewards, homework passes or pies in my face is a small gesture to see their growth,” Bailey said.

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones to represent Alabama at Southeastern Theatre Conference

Business

The State Of The Rocket City Trash Pandas 2022

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Rocket City Marathon 2022: New Format, New Course, New Day

James Clemens High School

Christmas Card Lane brightens downtown streets

Liberty Middle School

World War II, Korea veteran Walt Siffringer accepts Quilt of Valor

Bob Jones High School

beEntrepreneurial [beE] High School Idea Competition sets Dec. 7 deadline

Madison

School board approves bid to turn the old West Madison campus into PreK Center

Bob Jones High School

Greenpower racing builds STEM skills and confidence

Madison

Madison Animal Rescue Foundation in need of new foster homes

Madison

How to submit your child’s “Letter to Santa”

Events

Neighbors: Community theater groups in Decatur to stage ‘ELF: The Musical’

Events

Driving Nights for Galaxy of Lights begin today at Huntsville Botanical Garden

Events

Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail lighting and Wassail Fest being held Friday in downtown Madison

Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail lighting and Wassail Fest being held Friday in downtown Madison

Bob Jones High School

Former Patriot named assistant director of coaching at North Alabama SC

Former Patriot named assistant director of coaching at North Alabama SC

Digital Version

Check out the new issue of Madison Living Magazine

James Clemens High School

James Clemens medical and drama students, first responders simulate trauma scene

Madison

Curbside recycling recovery assistance throughout the weekend

Bob Jones High School

Scholarships at stake in American Legion oratorical contest

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast avers multi-disciplines feed theatre

Business

Town Madison becomes city’s first Arts & Entertainment District

Events

Asbury Church to present “Lessons & Carols: The Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 4

Events

Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain

Events

Madison Community Band to present “Christmas Journey”

Events

Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater is now open!

x