By Shelley R. Clapper
Greenwood Lake School District Superintendent Dr. Christine Ackerman gave a presentation at the School Board meeting on Tues., May 16 about a PBIS application called Kudzoo that the District plans to implement.
PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is a system used in schools to support positive behaviors with the goal of achieving students’ academic, social and emotional success. Kudzoo is a mobile application that allows users to cash in their academic achievements for rewards.
Dr. Ackerman said that this application would not be installed on students’ cell phones. It would be installed on their Chromebooks. The District would be able to maintain outside control of the usage of the app.
Dr. Ackerman provided examples of how students could use their rewards. She said that while an elementary school student could buy a slurpee at Cumberland Farms, a middle school student would be able to win a $20 gift certificate at CVS with the rewards.
Elementary School Principal Maria Boller and Middle School Principal Mathew Lawrence, shared examples of how the Kudzoo application could be used. They said that the app would not be used just for academic motivation, but for behavioral motivation such as behavior in the hallways and attendance.
Board Mastery Award
At the beginning of the meeting School Board President Ron Sommer presented Board Vice President Lee Stanton with the New York State School Board Mastery Award from the NYS School Board Association.
Proposal for Pre-kindergarten
During Privilege of the floor, Toni Ehlers, co-owner of a local preschool, said, “Karen (Sahler) and I would like to thank the board for listening to what we had to say. We understand that the preschool program is not happening as only three people were interested.”
Ehlers said that 500 members of the community had signed a petition saying that they did not want a preschool run by the School District. She said that they will be working with the District kindergarten teachers to align their curriculums.
At the previous Board meeting, Dr. Ackerman gave a presentation on the proposed pre-kindergarten program for 2017-18. On the District website it is written, “As a follow-up to the Apr. 18 BOE meeting – based on the enrollment data collected, the GWL BOE has decided to table a Pre-kindergarten Program for the 2017/2018 academic year. Discussion regarding a possible 2018/2019 program will take place during the school budget development process.”
Next Board Meeting
The next Board business meeting will be held on Wed., Jun. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elementary School gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.