Participation trophies for all!

Via East Greenwich Patch:

Citing concerns about the “exclusive nature” of the annual honors night at Archie R. Cole Middle School, school officials have decided to scrap the tradition.

Instead, students who would normally be recognized at the annual spring tradition will be honored during team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation.

The notice was sent to parents over the weekend in an e-mail signed by School Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger.

“Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,” the email stated.

By having the recognition ceremonies during team-based ceremonies, it will “afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective success of all students and their effort, progress and excellence.”

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Update: Sanity prevails.

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. —Honors Night at Archie R. Cole Middle School is back on the table after school officials got a wave of feedback — much of it negative — in response to a decision to cancel the tradition citing concerns about it being too exclusive.

School officials on Tuesday afternoon sent a message to the school community announcing there has been a change of heart and that “we have decided to honor excellence as we had planned.”

The difference now is that the honors celebration will be held “at a traditional evening event,” similar to the sports awards ceremony held each year to honor student athletes.

“Our original communication would have benefited from more clarity regarding the change in the format for honoring student excellence,” Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistance Principal Dan Seger said in a statement. “We are exceedingly proud of the outstanding achievements of Cole students and obviously had no intention of failing to acknowledge and celebrate exemplary student accomplishment in its many forms.”

The rationale behind the original change, which was to scrap the tradition in favor of recognizing individual student accomplishments at team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation, was based on a desire to “create a venue where all kids who meet the high expectations” of the school are celebrated in a “manner consistent with our core values about student learning and performance.”

HT: Genevieve