It is said it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes an entire school to educate and inspire a student to become a future leader. At James Madison Academic Campus, we strongly believe that PBIS should support both students and staff. To show our appreciation to our dedicated staff members, the Knight’s Code Committee implemented an Employee of the Month program.
Every month, a staff member will be recognized based on not only being Respectful, Responsible and Safe, but also his or her impact on the school, excellence in and out the classroom, and a variety of other factors. Staff will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Motivation – having the ability to motivate and encourage students to advance past their expectations both academically and socially.
- Leadership – serving as a positive role model for students not only in the classroom, but throughout the community.
- Excellence – engaging instructional practices that consistently raise students to higher levels of academic achievement.
- Dedication – showing excellent attendance, punctuality and a desire to see students advance.
- Communication – communicating articulately to their classrooms, colleagues, and beyond.
This is our way of saying thank you and recognizing all your efforts. We would rather throw a ticker tape parade, but the cleanup would take time away from educating. 🙂
Click here to download a nomination form.
There are two types of ceremonies, Staff and Honorary. Honorary Knightings are for members of the community and are limited to once per school year (exceptions can be made). The nominator(s) along with the Knight’s Code/PBIS committee performs the ceremony. During Staff Knightings, the previous Knight is there to “pass the torch” to help build the community within the school.
The ceremonies are meant to catch the nominee off guard. We would ask him/her to meet us at certain location or enter their room at an unexpected time. During Staff Knightings, either the nominator or the previous knight reads the prepared speech without any explanation of what’s going on. Somewhere in the beginning or end of the speech, it is mentioned that they are being knighted in hopes that they catch on.