By Alexandra Hedrick, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune Junior High School faculty and staff celebrated their STARS students at an assembly Friday morning and encouraged the students to become and stay STARS students.
Every nine weeks, the junior high holds an assembly to recognize the students that have qualified for the school’s STARS program. There are three levels to the program, all with different qualifications and perks.
To become a five star student, the student must make all As, have been absent or tardy fewer than three times and have no discipline referrals. The perks for being a five star students are a field trip to PJ’s coffee house for half a day, a trip to the Renaissance Festival, early dismissal from the cafeteria during lunch hour, free smoothies on Tuesday and Thursdays, a free canteen item and a special hoodie.
To become a four star student, the student must have all As and Bs, have been tardy or absent fewer than three times and have no discipline referrals. One of the perks of being a four star student is a free canteen item.
Three star students must make As, Bs and Cs, have no in school suspensions, out of school suspensions, have been absent or tardy fewer three than times and only minor discipline referrals, such as uniform violations.
All three, four and five star students are allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, occasionally get free dress days and go to the front of the lunch line.
“We’re all about staying focused and staying on track,” said Principal James Williams at the assembly.
Before recognizing their students, several of the teachers performed a skit dressed as famous athletes. The message of the skit was to rely on your academic ability because it will take you further than your athletic ability.
“If you play college football your chances to making it to the NFL is only 2 percent. High school football players to NFL is .09 percent. Basketball college to NBA is 1.3 percent and high school to NBA .03 percent,” said Assistant Principal Diana Hawkins during the skit.
After the skit, a few students were chosen to compete in several games to win free popsicles at lunch. Each section of the auditorium was split into three groups: NFL, NBA and Wimbeldon. After a balloon popping game, toilet paper wrap game and spelling bee game, the NFL group proved to be the victors and were reward with the popsicles.
At the assembly, 18 students were recognized as 5 star students, 39 as four star students and 67 as three star students.
“Lets try to work hard in class,” Hawkins said at the end of the assembly.