The Morning News-Lisa Lete
Stalker Elementary teacher Amanda Jones cringes as students Kyle Falter, Paige Kent and office secretary Laurie Kearsley cut off her long, thick braid at an end-of the year school celebration. Jones will donate her cut hair to Locks of Love.
Teachers at Stalker Elementary School were accosted with silly string, zapped with strange hair color and attacked with stickers and rubber stamps at school on Tuesday. Fifth grade teacher Amanda Jones even got her hair whacked off by a student! The culprits were all students...and no one got sent to the principal's office!
According to Stalker's office secretary Laurie Kearsley it was all part of a fun day to reward students who had a 7-point gain or received an 'advanced' or 'proficient' rating on their ISAT (Idaho Standard Achievement Test) scores.
"That's what they had to do to earn a ticket into the party," Kearsley said. "It's the end of the year, testing is over and we are celebrating!"
The tickets also allowed the students to get in on drawings for skateboards, bikes and a slew of other nice prizes.
All of the participating teachers volunteered to subject themselves to something fun, a little wild and crazy...and out of the ordinary...that the students would enjoy doing to them-as a reward.
The highlight of the day was when popular fifth grade teacher Jones arrived to have her long, thick, dark braid cut off by students Kyle Falter and Paige Kent. The students chanted her name and beat their feet and fists on the gym floor...calling her in to the party.
Jones squirmed and cringed as the scissors came out and the braid came off after just a snip or two-as the student body cheered. Surprisingly, the end result was not bad at all - a 'short and sassy' hair-do.
"If I wouldn't have seen it with my own eyes, I would have thought she just came from the salon," one teacher remarked.
Jones said she will head to the salon to have her new "do" polished up just a bit and will donate her cut hair to "Locks of Love," a non-profit organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.
Stalker principal Hal Silzly said, "I am so proud of the students and the teachers here for their efforts towards this event."