Local Teachers Shave Heads, Faces, and Legs After Students Get High Test Scores

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Back in December, the staff at Grand Mesa Middle School made a daring deal with with their students -- improve NWEA test scores by 10,000 points and get to trim the heads, faces, and even legs of some of their favoritie teachers.

They made their way to the center of the gym floor and took their seats in a make shift salon -- wearing their emotions on their faces as they realized what was about to happen.

"I actually didn't think they were gonna get ten thousand points," said Grand Mesa Middle School PE Teacher Marty Wood. "Not only that, they got thirteen thousand."

13,750 to be exact -- bringing Wood, Dan Bunnell, Larry White, Jim Bozarth, Amy Smith, Mark Vana, and John Bradley face to face with clippers and hot wax.

"A few teachers and myself had gotten together and said hey let's motivate the kids even more," said Bunnell, an assistant principal at Grand Mesa Middle School ."Let's offer our hair up as a reward."

Students gave five of the staff members the hot summer do's they never thought they'd have.

"I'm sure my wife and of course my mom and dad are proud of this moment," said Bunnell, after the students gave him a mohawk.

Principal Mark Vana said goodbye to his goatee. And Wood said hello to some serious pain, as he watched the hair on his legs disappear before his eyes.

"It was very painful," said Wood. "But it was worth it. I'd do it again. That's what this was all about, to motivate them to improve their test scores."

And it seemed to work. School officials say typically, students only score an average of two points higher per test when they take the NWEA's in the Spring. This time around, that average shot up to 5.5.

"Hair will grow back, but the growth these kids showed and the growth that the teachers had provided them, the instructional support has been incredible," said Bunnell.

Now if only the same could be said about that hair.

Teachers aren't sure what kind of deal they'll make with students next year, but say with the success they saw this year, they'll have to raise the bar even higher.


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