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Washington Recognizes December's Top Students

They might not always admit it, but students of any age just seem to love being recognized for working hard and doing their best. Washington Primary School students sure do and faculty members honored 21 youngsters last week for the remarkable job they did all through December.

The Washington Ways initiative focuses on recognizing and rewarding positive behavior while encouraging students to be safe, respectful and responsible. Youngsters are given various colored tickets by teachers and support staff members for exemplary behavior. The tickets can be presented to students at any point throughout the day.

December's "Red Ticket" honorees included Ailish Arenth, Joseph Previti, Angelina Lomangino, Sammy Cirlincione, Ryan Curran, Janeth Saravia, Drew Wimmer, Jonathan Oliva-Hernandez, Brianna Quesquen, Lauren Holly, Mia Rosof-Mallory, Evy Diaz-Garcia, Charlotte Soljanich, Nick Kretschmer, Kaylee Hernandez-Gomez, Ashley Visser, Benton Cueto, Anna Koulakova, Daniel Maier, Emma Troiano and Emily Ferreira.

Washington's "Blue Ticket" classes for December included those of first grade teacher Miriam Engle and fourth grade teacher Mary Grever. Each of the classes displayed sensational effort and positive behavior throughout the month.

On the day of the award presentation, classes filed out their rooms and sat down along the walls in the school's two hallways. Principal Marsha Neville announced the names of the honorees over Washington's public address system. As the youngsters marched down to the main office to pick-up their certificate and pose for a photo, classmates applauded, letting the award winners feel like celebrities for a day.

"It was nice to be able to recognize so many hardworking students," Mrs. Neville said. "Our Washington Ways program helps keep everyone enthused about doing their very best every day."

White tickets are awarded weekly for good behaviors and actions in the classroom. White ticket winners are honored with special recognition in their classroom at the end of each week and their names are announced every Monday morning.

Red tickets are presented to individuals for notable good behavior outside of classrooms, including in hallways, buses, the playground and cafeteria, etc. At the end of the month, the student in each class with the greatest number of red tickets is recognized with a special certificate. Principal Marsha Neville announces the names of the honorees over Washington's public address system.

Entire classes can earn blue tickets for positive group behavior out-of-the-classroom. Blue tickets are also awarded to the two classes within the building with the most tickets overall.

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