MANLIUS — Bureau Valley High School has introduced a student incentive project called the Renaissance Program. This fledgling project is run by an executive council of 12 students: three freshman, three sophomores, three juniors and three seniors. Literally a program for the people and by the people, the Renaissance Program’s mission is to reach out to students to try to make their school lives more fun and help to recognize students for working hard.
Renaissance has instituted BV Fridays, which is when students are passing all classes, are wearing Bureau Valley attire and have their assignment notebook with them on Fridays in study hall they are released 10 minutes early. Renaissance cards are another reward in which students can earn cards each semester with different rewards depending on their GPA, attendance and discipline.
The Students and Staff of the month recognizes 13 nominated students and one nominated staff member each month honoring them with a breakfast, certificate and gift card. Renaissance also sponsors semester field trips in which 35 students are nominated by the different staff departments to attend a fully funded field trip for a day. Renaissance has also printed hundreds of pictures featuring students during all kinds of activities which are framed around the school. All of these incentives and rewards are designed to recognize not only the accomplished but also those who are trying their hardest.
Every program the Renaissance Council has designed is to reward and encourage the student body to do their best, but in the new student recognition program, they decided to let them have their cake, and eat it too! One of the latest incentives, the “Let them eat cake” project, makes sure nobody’s birthday passes by without being noticed. Birthdays and half-birthdays (a day approximately six months before or after someone’s birthday) are read at the beginning of each week, making sure that the students are aware of their friends’ birthdays, and whose classroom they should stand outside of when Senora Eller’s Spanish class goes to “Feliz Cumpleanos” (Happy Birthday) to a teacher on their birthday. Once a month, Mrs. Boyle, the Renaissance coordinator, brings in cake for all the birthdays in the current month. The cake, available during both lunches, is served by Renaissance members, including Sadie Reinbeck, Hailey Atherton, Logan Twidell, Thomas Samuels, Jed Barnes, Rachel Brummel, Jenna Hansen, Justin Fisher, Kaitlyn Ptasnik, Chase Gripp, Tiana Kennedy and Lexie Jacobs.