What’s Right With Our Schools: Jeffersonville Elementary increases students’ performance through Triple A Program

JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Teachers and administrators at Jeffersonville Elementary are looking to boost the school’s morale and increase students’ performance.

Students are excited about the rewards they’ve received through the school’s Triple A Program.Triple A stands for attendance, academics, and attitude. Students who do well in those areas, are rewarded with special play days, games, and food.

 "It helps the school morale,we want to keep the school morale up and we feel like if the school’s morale is up, we will have good attendance, and good academics and good attitude," SAYS School Counselor, Jarvis Wilcher.

To be awarded for attendance, students can’t miss more than one day of school. For academics, students must have passing grades in all subjects. For attitudes, students have to avoid negative disciplinary reports. no more than one per grading period. Every nine weeks, teachers monitor students’ progress  to determine who is qualified for the Triple A incentives. 3rd grader,Bryanna Sullivan says she keeps a positive attitude in the classroom.

 "Be good in class and stay focused, and do what your teachers say," she adds.

"I’ve learned that, that you shouldn’t be a follower and if you become a follower sometimes it will lead you in the wrong path instead of the right one, "says 5th Grader, Jayden Rouse.

Being a leader isn’t easy but the students here at Jeffersonville Elementary are building a foundation early.

"If they don’t have those basic skills that of actually coming to work on time, like they do to school, and they don’t want to be there, then they’re not gonna be able to be productive citizens in our workforce," explains Trendie Spires, Assistant Prncipal.

The students realize the incentives are motivators, but that the education is the real reward.

"It’s hard to do the right thing but you have to do it in order to succeed in what you want to do, 5th grader, Shadae Thorpe says.

"Once they’re older, they’ll see that working hard helps pay off in the end,”Kindergarten Teacher, Juanecia Stephens continues.

Principal Jamie Paulk says, "So we really trying to push our students beyond here to get to life after here."

This is the first year the school has used the Triple A program.
Administrators say they hope their new approach motivates other students who aren’t meeting expectations to get on board.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!