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Students enjoyed an afternoon pizza party, played games on the football field like soccer, and had a dance party on the track with a DJ spinning all the students’ favorite songs.

Charger Challenge Celebration at Strawberry Crest High School motivates students to earn good grades

February 04, 2019 - Student Success

There are constantly new programs being developed in our district. All with one goal in mind; Preparing Students for Life.

The "Charger Challenge Celebration" at Strawberry Crest High School is no different.

This week, 1,200 students who earned a C or better during the first semester, had 5 or less absences and no suspensions were invited to a celebration on the football field.

Students enjoyed an afternoon pizza party, played games on the football field and had a dance party on the track with a DJ spinning all the students’ favorite songs.

The program was developed two years ago after the school’s Problem-Solving Leadership Team (PSLT) realized there should be an academic incentive for students earning a C or better.

Students on the honor roll are praised for their hard and there are programs in place for at-risk and lower-performing students, but nothing for students in between.

Students, for example, who raised their grades from F and D’s to C’s and B’s.

Success coach, Sherly Gervais, wanted to make sure those students were acknowledged for their hard work.

““For some students, making a ‘C’ is the best they can do and we wanted to recognize them and make sure they’re celebrated,” said Gervais.

100 more students were invited to the party than the previous year, which Coach Gervais credits towards the “Charger Challenge.”

“Students are looking forward to this party and in turn keep their grades up because of it,” said Gervais. “I had students flooding my office asking if they qualified and they were so excited.”

This schoolwide event was an opportunity to take grade recognition to another level. The PSLT hopes to challenge the chargers each semester, making this a tradition for years to come.

“It’s been a team effort with all hands on deck,” said Gervais. “We had a lot of support and we are thankful to our staff and leadership.”

Efforts like this are the reason our graduation rates in Hillsborough County continue to break records. Last year, our district jumped to 82.9%, which is higher than the state graduation rate.

To learn more about Strawberry Crest High School, visit: http://strawberrycrest.mysdhc.org/

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