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April 7, 2014

Class celebrates 100 days without missed assignment

Teacher challenged math class to perfect homework record

(Responsibility + perseverance) x 100 = a new record for Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School.

Eighth-grade students in Cindy McClure’s math class celebrated a milestone of 100 straight days without any missing assignments Wednesday. The streak was a new school record, sparked by McClure’s “Cookie Count” incentive where she rewards students with cookies every 10 days everyone in the class turns in their homework on time.

“We wanted to try so most classes won’t be able to break our record,” said student Sophia Schaeffer.

The class of 12 students set an initial record last school year of 39 days without a missed assignment. This year, they set their sights even higher.

“We just kind of decided, let’s set a record,” said Daniel Hillman.

While the students were motivated by a competitive spirit — and cookies — Principal Nick Kanable saw them also gain traits emphasized in the school’s focus on virtues, like humility, responsibility, diligence, perseverance and integrity.

“They see it as ‘let’s set a mark for other students to reach,’” Kanable said. “They have become an awesome example for the younger kids, something for them to strive for. It’s not just that they got the 100 days, but the virtues they learned as well.”

McClure also was proud to see her students reach the milestone. She said she knew they would set a new record after the work ethic they showed last year. She offered different rewards like pancakes, ice cream and other treats as the stakes got higher.

“They will, of course, suffer a zero in the grade book if they do not complete an assignment, but because of the way math builds upon itself, one missed homework can oftentimes mean you are already behind in terms of understanding subsequent lessons,” McClure explained. “I think this class is motivated and aims to leave behind a legacy. They have given me their best effort all year long, and I do not believe they will cease to do so now.”

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