Katie Sadler, Sydney Odenwelder, Kim McDow, Elizabeth Burke, Taylor Peery, Stephen Bernys, Kaylee Fewox, Hannah Miko. Emily Flora SWoCo
Hidden Valley High School has found a new way to award their students for being upstanding in school and in the community by creating a campaign called HV Live It. At the beginning of this school year announcements were made and posters were set up around school advertising HV Live It, giving students the opportunity to sign up for the program. Out of about 1,200 students, about 300 students signed up, pledging to remain in good standing at school and in the community.
Resource Officer Jason Taylor came up with the idea for HV Live It after attending a YADAPP Leadership Conference. The program was called the Red Watch Project, but Taylor used the idea to make it special to Hidden Valley. And it’s quickly become a collaboration with not just the students, but the teachers, PTSO, Coaches, and Booster Clubs.
“The question was, how do we recognize all the kids for what they do and have good character,” Taylor said.”A lot of people are involved in it and its about just doing the right thing. I’d feel good to say that over 90 percent of our students do what they are supposed to and we just need to be sure we recognize them.”
As part of HV Live It, Taylor, Bonnie Rourke, and Claudia Liechty, work together to check in on the students selected by checking with their teachers to ensure they are in good standing in their classroom, turning in homework and keeping up with their grades. Taylor also checks his system to make sure they haven’t had any run ins with discipline or the administration, and they must have good attendance.
HV Live It is based on good citizenship, being respectful, committing to doing no drugs or alcohol, and do your work to the best of your ability. If everything checks out, that student becomes Student of the Week and gets their name announced over the announcements, put on the web page, published in the newsletter, on the school sign, and a written letter to their parents congratulating them. They also get to choose a prize from the prize box.
“This is just a do the best you can type of thing,” Rourke aid.
The HV Live It Campaign works closely with the HV Prevention Council and the Roanoke County Prevention Council because they are asking students to do things that aren’t risky and make healthy decisions. Taylor said that when the idea was brought to Nancy Hans with the Roanoke County Prevention Council, she gladly donated arm bands, sweat bands, and t-shirts as prizes for those who are chose as student of the week.
Another aspect of HV Live It is Athlete of the Week. Student athletes were encouraged to talk with their coaches about participating and was totally by choice of the athletes. At the end of each week, the coaches can submit one name per team to Taylor and to Chris Morris, the athletic director, who then chooses the student with good standing. Those athletes who participate receives a Titan Sweatband with a “T” on it and as a prize the athletes receive a HV Live It t-shirt and a prize from the prize box.
And Hidden Valley hopes to continue HV Live It in the future.
“This is the kind of thing we want to make a Hidden Valley tradition,” Rourke said.
Student of the Week Winners:
Kathleen Sadler, Kaylee Fewox, Hannah Miko, Taylor Peery, Sydney Odenwelder, Stephen Bernys
Player of the Wee Winners:
Kim McDow, Sarah Patterson, Liz Burke, Hunter Williams