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Pasco principal, assistant principal celebrate students' Advanced Placement successes



Most summers, getting an Advanced Placement score report is a personal and private affair. The envelope arrives in the mail, students pull out the paper and learn if they aced it or tanked.

River Ridge High School principal Toni Zetzsche and assistant principal Jessica Meek spent their Thursday cheering students who killed it.

"We wanted to give them a face to face congratulations," Zetzsche told the Gradebook.

As documented on Twitter, the two administrators visited the homes of River Ridge students who earned a 5 -- the highest -- on one or more of the many tests that could gain them college credit. They put up a sign, posed for photos and made the students feel positive about their accomplishment.

Some weren't home. but they still got the message.

Sometimes, parents accepted the news.

Those who were there appreciated the idea.

And others in the community noticed, too.

Zetsche said she and Meek came up with the idea to visit everyone during the winter, as part of an ongoing effort to celebrate student and teacher achievements and to build positive relationships within the community. Before the first visit, she said, they didn't know what kind of reception they would encounter.

"After we visited that first house, we realized how awesome it was going to be," she said.

By the final stop, eight hours after beginning, the administrators had been invited to meals, and also started getting messages from students who didn't earn a 5 on an exam. They told Zetzsche they were encouraged. 

"They said, 'I'm going to get a 5, because next year you're coming to my house," she related. "We built some really strong relationships."

And they're not done. Zetzsche said the school has more activities in store as students return to classes on Aug. 15.

[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2016 11:03am]


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