Principal Spends 24 hours on School Roof

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James Rutter Middle School principal Yuri Penermon promised his students he’d spend 24 hours on the school’s roof if they improved their test scores.

One middle school principal went to new heights to fulfill a promise he made to his students six months ago.

James Rutter Middle School principal Yuri Penermon was looking for a way to motivate students to do better on the standardized test which determines a school’s academic performance.

“It’s just a test, they have that information in their head they just have to want to bring it out,” he explained, “I had to come up with something that’s going to be high stakes.”

In April, Mr. Penermon promised to spend 24 hours on the school’s roof if the students improved their API by 10 points. They were projected to improve by 6, but instead they went up 27 points.

“I always felt they would be able to achieve that goal,” he said.

Penermon paid up, and went up to the roof at 8:00am on Monday. Students like Rishshale Cook were impressed. “I think that it’s cool that our principal took the time out to go on the roof for us,” said Cook.

Penermon thought so too, but there were challenges like going to the restroom. “I was able to find a process to take care of my toiletry needs,” laughed Penermon, “I won’t go into too much detail about that.”

At 8 o’clock Tuesday morning, Mr. Penermon came down.

Along with getting the students to show off their knowledge, Mr. Penermon was teaching another lesson, “Be true to your word.”

It’s a lesson that goes beyond the classroom. “It helped us learn we can do anything if we try hard,” said student Amber Strawder, “Do better on my test scores because good things can happen if we do.”

James Rutter Middle School’s API is 707 points.

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