Bohn School principal goes purple
by Glenn Moore
Apr 09, 2014 | 1963 views | 1 1 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Purple craze
Christine Carrillo (from left), Colleen McKenna, Alina Evans and Meelaud Nadem rub purple dye into the hair of Principal Tammy Christensen during an assembly Tuesday morning at Bohn Elementary School.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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In December, Bohn Elementary School Principal Tammy Christensen made a wager with her students about how many Accelerated Reader points they could earn. If they could more than double their current total and reach 2,500 points by spring break, she would dye her blonde hair purple.

At a school assembly Tuesday morning, Christensen pulled off her hat and displayed her new purple hairdo, revealing that students had already reached a total of 3,832 points, exceeding the 2,500 goal roughly two months early.

“It blew me away that six weeks into the challenge, they reached the goal,” Christensen said.

The 520 kindergartners to fifth-graders at Bohn read books from the school library and then took computerized tests on comprehension and vocabulary.

Books are given an A.R. point score from 0.2 to 7.0 based on length and skill level.

Christensen said students had earned 1,110 A.R. points between August and December before winter break. She envisioned the challenge as a way to increase interest in reading.

“It gives them more exposure to reading,” Christensen said. “The more exposure benefits their comprehension and vocabulary skill and benefits the rest of their studies.”

Christensen said that in the weeks after she issued the challenge, she would find students using part of their recess and library periods to take A.R. tests about their books.

At the assembly, four students who had earned more than 100 points each rubbed another coat of purple dye into Christensen’s hair.

She plans to leave her hair purple for about a week.

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April 14, 2014
This is awesome!

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