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Wauneta-Palisade elementary students earn awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Reading award winners include, front from left, Sonya Behrends, 2nd grade bronze; Hailea Baker, 2nd grade silver; Jewel Holthus, 1st grade gold; Ashton Wheeler, 1st grade silver; Kalli Hoskovec, 1st grade bronze; back from left, Ana Layman, 4th grade silver; Trace Bley, 4th grade bronze; Alexa Sandman, 4th grade gold; Brianna Sramek, 3rd grade bronze and Aaron Layman, 3rd grade silver. Alex Garcia, 3rd grade gold winner not pictured. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The final activity of the 2013-2014 school year for Wauneta-Palisade elementary students was to be honored for their hard work throughout the year.

Kindergarten through fourth grade students gathered in the gym at the Palisade Attendance Center the last day of school. Elementary Principal Roger Reikofski and teachers presented awards for the top readers in each class, good conduct with Mr. R’s Stars and presented the fourth grade students with certificates, marking their passage from elementary school to the Wauneta Attendance Center.


Reading Awards

The school gave awards for students who performed at the top of their classes in the accelerated reading program. The program allows students to pick books to read from a variety appropriate for their reading level.

After the student reads the story they answer questions that check to see if they comprehend what they read. Principal Reikofski explained, “The system is structured to award points for all the reading and answering that students do right.”

Each student works at his or her own pace and his/her points are kept for a year.

“The nice thing about this program is that it is structured to each student individually, gives positive reinforcement and is a proven program for helping improve student reading successes,” explained Reikofski.

Reading award winners are listed in the photo caption.


Mr. R’s Stars

When Reikofski began his first year at Wauneta-Palisade Schools he wanted to implement a program to reward students for things they do right. Mr. R’s Stars were born. Within the program students are given a star whenever a staff member notices a student doing something good.

“The concept is that often times we get so focused on what is wrong with our lives, ourselves, and our children that we tend to gear everything to fix what is wrong,” explains Reikofski. “It’s not a bad concept, but it has been my experience that the best way to fix what isn’t quite the way we want it is through positive reinforcement and focusing on what is right!”

Through the program students are given a small token when teachers and staff, “Catch them doing something good.” The stars are awarded for classroom work, for good lunchroom habits, hallway conduct and for helping others. “I noticed a student one day stopping to help another student who was struggling with some items...that student earned a star from me for helping out a fellow student,” said Reikofski.

Throughout the year WP elementary students earned over 1,200 stars. The students with the most Mr. R’s Stars awards for each grade are listed below.


Green Stars–Students who earned the fourth most stars in their class.

Kindergarten: Tyler Baker, Krystall Dirk, Jakob Lytle

First grade: Kenny Allen, Jewel Holthus, Chloe Manley

Second grade: Hailea Baker, Camden DeWester, Aidan Layman, Sean Manley, Ryleigh McCrumb

Third grade: Joshua Hicks, Kyle Jutten, Jacksen Littrel

Fourth grade: Colby Hoskovec, Alexa Sandman


Bronze Stars–Students who earned the third most stars in their class.

Kindergarten: McKenna Doetker, Brayden Gardner, Kai Hester-Vontz, Gregory Littrel, Ashton McCrumb, Kameran McCrumb, Karina Morales, Karime Morales

First grade: Collin Bley

Second grade: Hoyte Holmes

Third grade: Sydnee Acton

Fourth grade: Olivia Behrends


Silver Stars–Students who earned the second most stars in their class.

Kindergarten: Will Adams, Erika Rahn, Konner McCrumb

First grade: Grayden Sutherland, Ashton Wheeler

Second grade: Matthew Blackman

Third grade: Halle Bardsley

Fourth grade: Cody Holmes, Ana Layman


Gold Stars–Students who earned the most stars in their class.

Kindergarten: Jacob Blackman, Maggie DeWester, Jabin LeJuene, Noah Sandman

First grade: Nathan Blackman

Second grade: GraCee Goings

Third grade: Chloe Stehno

Fourth grade: Trace Bley, Itzel Chavez


GraCee Goings won the 2nd grade gold award in Mr. R’s Stars as well as the school’s overall trophy for the 2013-2014 accelerated reading program. She was out sick for the last day of school so missed the presentation of her awards, but stopped by the Breeze later to have her picture taken with her awards. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)