Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

June 3, 2013

Pink for a day

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — The students of Knoxville's West Elementary met their goal of scoring high on tests for a PTO fundraiser and today, their principal is walking around with pink hair. 

The annual Spell-a-Thon fundraiser was held last month. Each student took pledges for the amount of words on a spelling test they would get correct on a test. The cummulative score for West Elementary students was over 90 percent, with dozens of perfect spellers. (A list of perfect spellers is available in the May 10 print edition.) As part of the incentive, Montgomery agreed to dye his hair. 

The students' reactions to his hairdo have ranged from, "cool," to "Ew, it's pink." Montgomery is proud of his students.

"They do a good job," he said. "They like challenges." 

On another note, West Elementary will also host a six-week summer school. For three weeks in June and three weeks in July, 30 students have signed up for additional reading instruction. Four teachers will conduct the classes. 

The summer school is not a punishment and the students registered have volunteered to do so. They were invited to come to learn more. 

Summer school classes will be held four days a week, Monday through Thursday, for three hours a day. Montgomery said 180 days is not that long for school to be in session, when compared to the rest of the world. Summer school will give participants over 70 additional hours of instrution.