Heber Hunt students get slimy attendance reward


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Heber Hunt Elementary Principal Brendan Eisenmenger clears the slime out of his ears after being doused in green-colored pancake batter Friday afternoon as a reward for his students achieving 95 percent attendance in the first 10 days of school.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Third-grader Santiago Silva pours the last of his bowl of “slime” on Principal Brendan Eisenmenger on Friday afternoon at an all-school assembly. Five students were chosen at random to have the honors of “sliming” Eisenmenger.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

An un-slimed Brendan Eisenmenger, principal at Heber Hunt Elementary, pours green pancake batter into five bowls prior to an attendance rewards assembly at the school Friday afternoon. Eisenmenger said it was a small price to pay for the hard work and efforts of his students.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Audrey Lewis pours the final drops of slime on Principal Brendan Eisenmenger at Heber Hunt Elementary during an all-school assembly Friday afternoon.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Brendan Eisenmenger looks to Mia Cavanagh with a slime mask after she took her turn dousing him with the pancake batter slime. Heber Hunt students celebrated their attendance success Friday. Only 10 days into the year, the students have obtained 96 percent attendance 90 percent of the time.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Heber Hunt Elementary Principal Brendan Eisenmenger found himself in a sticky situation Friday afternoon. Not because of anything he had done, in fact it was because of the hard work and efforts of his students that Eisenmenger was in a bit of a mess.

“For the first 10 days of school you all were outstanding,” Eisenmenger told his students. “Four-hundred and sixty of you or more have been here every day of school and that is pretty remarkable.”

Heber Hunt has an enrollment of 485 students.

As part of the school’s attendance rewards incentive program, every time the students have 95 percent or higher attendance for 10 consecutive days the students are rewarded.

“We know that having our kids in school on a consistent day-to-day basis leads to academic success,” Eisenmenger said after the assembly. “One of the things we really stress with our students is that day-to-day consistency and the only way that can happen is for the students to be here.

“It’s really a small thing that we can do to get them motivated and excited about their attendance,” he added. “Spending $5 on pancake batter and some green food coloring so I can be slimed really is not that big because the kids deserve it for their hard work and effort.”

One student from each grade level was randomly selected to pour a bowl of slime (green-colored pancake batter) on Eisenmenger to the delight of the student body.

Before the fun began, the students had an opportunity to exercise their voting rights buy selecting their next attendance reward.

“If you all can do the same thing and have 95 percent of you here for 10 consecutive days we’ll get to do something else like this,” Eisenemenger told the excited kindergarten through fourth graders. “But this time you get to pick,” he added.

The students’ choices were two teachers kissing a pig, the teachers having a pie thrown in their face, or two teams of teachers playing a game of human foosball.

After a vote, based on the volume of the student cheers, the popular choice was human foosball.

“I have a great staff who are willing to do anything to help our kids succeed,” Eisenmenger added. “They are all on board and are willing to step up and do whatever it takes to help.

“We’re actually building on momentum from last year,” he added. “Our goal has always been to have well-behaved kids who succeed on all levels.”

Heber Hunt Elementary Principal Brendan Eisenmenger clears the slime out of his ears after being doused in green-colored pancake batter Friday afternoon as a reward for his students achieving 95 percent attendance in the first 10 days of school.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd091016heberhunt1.jpgHeber Hunt Elementary Principal Brendan Eisenmenger clears the slime out of his ears after being doused in green-colored pancake batter Friday afternoon as a reward for his students achieving 95 percent attendance in the first 10 days of school. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Third-grader Santiago Silva pours the last of his bowl of “slime” on Principal Brendan Eisenmenger on Friday afternoon at an all-school assembly. Five students were chosen at random to have the honors of “sliming” Eisenmenger.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd091016heberhunt2.jpgThird-grader Santiago Silva pours the last of his bowl of “slime” on Principal Brendan Eisenmenger on Friday afternoon at an all-school assembly. Five students were chosen at random to have the honors of “sliming” Eisenmenger. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

An un-slimed Brendan Eisenmenger, principal at Heber Hunt Elementary, pours green pancake batter into five bowls prior to an attendance rewards assembly at the school Friday afternoon. Eisenmenger said it was a small price to pay for the hard work and efforts of his students.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd091016heberhunt3.jpgAn un-slimed Brendan Eisenmenger, principal at Heber Hunt Elementary, pours green pancake batter into five bowls prior to an attendance rewards assembly at the school Friday afternoon. Eisenmenger said it was a small price to pay for the hard work and efforts of his students. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Audrey Lewis pours the final drops of slime on Principal Brendan Eisenmenger at Heber Hunt Elementary during an all-school assembly Friday afternoon.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd091016heberhunt4.jpgAudrey Lewis pours the final drops of slime on Principal Brendan Eisenmenger at Heber Hunt Elementary during an all-school assembly Friday afternoon. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Brendan Eisenmenger looks to Mia Cavanagh with a slime mask after she took her turn dousing him with the pancake batter slime. Heber Hunt students celebrated their attendance success Friday. Only 10 days into the year, the students have obtained 96 percent attendance 90 percent of the time.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd091916heberhunt5.jpgBrendan Eisenmenger looks to Mia Cavanagh with a slime mask after she took her turn dousing him with the pancake batter slime. Heber Hunt students celebrated their attendance success Friday. Only 10 days into the year, the students have obtained 96 percent attendance 90 percent of the time. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

By Hope Lecchi

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Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.

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