Motivation or exclusion? That’s the question which is being asked at Silver Spring, Maryland’s East Middle School. The school organizes parties – with dancing, games and pizza – for straight A students, allowing students with Bs and Cs to come to the events after classes end and the pizza is gone. The practice has become yet another issue to people who worry that exclusion from the event might lower students’ self esteem.



East Middle School does have an already divided student population. It – like increasing numbers of schools nationwide – is divided between a competitive and academically challenging magnet program, and the students which simply live in the school’s designated zone. Some parents fear that the parties could increase the divide between different groups of students. These parents argue that there are other ways to acknowledge success … such as the lists of honor roll names posted in hallways.


Others argue that the parties offer motivation for students to do well. They’re a tangible reward for success, one school period off to go have fun (or at least to join after school).

In the real world, success depends on work, knowledge and education, so creating a fun party is a similar way to incentivize kids, but on a smaller scale. There are parties for all the school’s students, but some parties are only for those who achieve success.

The media is fixated on “income equality,” and appears to be against success being rewarded for hard work. The ideas of participation trophies and wealth redistribution become more and more popular with social engineers. The oddest part of the story, though, is the fact that a reporter asked two of the straight A students who attended the party whether the party was fair. One of the kids said he didn’t know, and one said she could see how it might be, but that it was good motivation. This type of action could actually instill guilt for success.

What do you think? Is the school doing the right thing here? Please comment below.

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  • Andrew Ritter

    I find nothing wrong with the school’s pizza parties. This is a taste of what happens in real life. If you’re successful, you reap the rewards for your efforts. I once won an award from a company I worked for having been voted the MSR of the Year. I received a plaque, $300 and was honored, among others, at a company dinner in a nice hotel. On the other hand, when you don’t do well you can be demoted or fired. This is how life works in the real world although all employers aren’t necessarily that expressive of their appreciation. This idea where everyone walks away with a trophy is just not how things work. If you work on commission, your success directly affects your wallet. If you have to bid projects to other companies, you either win or lose the bid. No one takes the losers out to lunch and why should they? Better to learn to deal with success vs. disappointment while you’re young and learn to do it in an appropriate manner. While failure can be bitter, success is usually sweet. If it wasn’t so wonderful to be successful, then what would drive people to achieve?

    • Seth

      Following up on a comment I posted earlier as a reply, I currently work on commission and used to teach in a school that was all about the “trophy for trying” attitude. I wasn’t, which is one of the reasons I no longer teach there. And my students HATED me, because I didn’t “give out A’s” (they specifically told me this, in those words). I tried to teach them how to deal with failure, and maybe I wasn’t very good at it, but they had no idea. They’d never experienced it before. Imagine when they graduate and get real jobs, how screwed they’ll be.

    • Shaun

      Comparing what you consider “real life” to a child’s is completely irrelevant and meaningless. The truth is that life doesn’t yield to societies demands; the human brain develops at different speeds and quantities at a young age and cannot be given a man made benchmark. There is no one size fits all and is completely unfair to children who struggle and try their hardest. I was one of those children who couldn’t get good grades in elementary school but I eventually caught up and became an honor student in college.

      • NClaw441

        How does rewarding one student punish another? And what would you do? Give everyone A’s? Give no grades? If you don’t think the kids know, with or without grades, who is doing well and who is tanking, you kids yourself.

        My son played in a YMCA basketball league. When the lead in a game got “too big” the score of the leading team got frozen while the trailing team’s score kept growing (if they scored). My son played in games where his team was leading and where they were behind. In both instances everyone on both teams, and most of the fans, knew the true score. It is the nature of almost all human beings.

  • hookumsnivy

    Sounds like an incentive to get good grades. Kids should be rewarded for getting good grades (notice I didn’t say working hard – those are 2 different things). Some people will say that the grades and opportunities for college are reward enough – but kids don’t look at it that way.

    I couldn’t agree more with Andrew Ritter’s response.

    • NClaw441

      You are right. These kids in 8th grade shouldn’t have to wait 4 years for an intangible notice of admission into a college.

      At the same time, small, daily rewards to the students who don’t apply themselves should also be considered. Some classes give gold stars when certain learning is achieved.

      I remember the old SRA reading program where you tried to advance through the various colors by reading these stories and taking tests on them and recording the results in your own little score book. Several of us raced each other to see who could get the farthest the fastest. Should this have been prohibited because the less able students couldn’t keep up? I say no. It encouraged us and many of the less able kids tried harder, too, and learned more than they would have otherwise.

  • Difster

    Jeez people, let the high achievers have their rewards.

  • Badd Karma

    Thats life . hard work = reward

    • Heartland Patriot

      At least, that’s the way it should be.

  • sneaky69

    Training early disdain for the 1%ers. That’s the ticket to success. Surely all the kids deserve their fair share of the pizza. After all, those straight A students couldn’t be “straight A” students unless they did it on the backs of the worker bees.

  • Jim McCaskill

    Where’s the money for this party coming from and could it have been spent better elsewhere?

    • Seth

      Normally I’d agree with your point, even though the cost of pizza parties is probably small enough not to make a big dent in the school’s budget, because even small expenses add up. But I used to teach in a school where grades were based almost entirely on effort, not results. Many students were on the honor roll who didn’t know a thing about the subjects they had passed with flying colors to get there, because all they had to do was try. And I’m not exaggerating. I don’t know how effective these parties are, or if those kids would have gotten good grades anyway. But, if they are effective motivation, then no, the money could not have been spent elsewhere. The whole point of schools spending money is to better educate their students. If spending this money results in better educated students, then it’s the perfect way to spend it.

    • NClaw441

      Yeah, that $200 could have gone to the hungry in Africa. Until they are fed, no more sports trophies, certificates of merit or graduation ceremonies (after all, some kids don’t graduate). You’ve gotta be freakin’ kidding me.

      • Jim McCaskill

        Try textbooks, equipment, overtime hours for after class tutoring for students with learning disabilities. You want to reward your kid, pay for it yourself not out of the general budget.

        • NClaw441

          Ok, so no certificates of merit, no gold stars, no MVP trophies, no Honor Society, no awards day, etc. Until all the children are above average, no rewards of any kind. Do you think the learning disabled kids will do any better as a result? And we don’t know from the story where the funds came from. If it turns out the parents supplied the pizza and coke, those who oppose this celebration would still think it unfair.

          Do you not think that each and every kid in each and every class does not already know whether he is a high achieving student or not. They know. The “smart” kids know. The “less able” kids know. The “clowns” know. The “troublemakers” know. They ALL know where they and the others in their class rank in ability, as well as who has kicked the most home runs in kick ball (if that is allowed in their school), who has gotten in the most fights, etc.

          • Jim McCaskill

            Why is it the schools job to give out certificates of merit ect? You go, you study, and you get a grade. If your grades are good enough you graduate. Why should someone else’s tax dollars (if that is indeed where it came from) go to your kids pizza party?

            Kids with learning disabilities do benefit from extra help/tutoring.
            I know we don’t know where the money came from, hence my original question. If the honor students or their parents want to raise money/shill out for a pizza party for their kids let them…just don’t use money from the school board.
            Yes, yes ever kid knows who the high achievers ect are. Why the hell should others tax dollars be expected to reward your kid? If the school feels the need to feed its students start a breakfast program.

          • NClaw441

            Let’s not get confused. None of these are my kids. Mine are finished with/almost out of college. Schools do all sorts of things to encourage greater performance out of all students, including the high achievers, those with challenges and those who are in the middle. Rewards encourage those who get them, and often incentivize others to try and get the reward. If it has the intended effect it is money well spent.

  • Andrew Stover

    If you’re going to hold that government run schools are terrible at unlocking student’s true potential and only excel at getting certain students to pass tests so the school can keep its accreditation, then these pizza parties aren’t necessarily rewarding students for working hard or achieving. It’s rewarding them for playing the game, which, could be argued, is more in the interest of the state. “That’s it. Pay your taxes. Behave and don’t make a fuss. There will be pizza at the end, and you like pizza, don’t you?”

  • rogerfgay

    I don’t like the pizza party idea. It applies and trains in a common and very destructive error. Getting straight A:s is a reward that will lead to other rewards. There is no need to arbitrarily add another reward to make the point. I see this a lot in government policy – anything is an excuse for politicians and bureaucrats to stick their nose in and “do something.” And they often do so, geometrically making problems worse etc. Students need to accept things for what they are and recognize their innate value more than they need an extra slice of pizza.

    • NClaw441

      Come on, it’s a little pizza and coke. In most schools near the end of the school year there is Awards day, where superlative students are recognized. Would you end that, too?

      • rogerfgay

        Didn’t I just say that? Maybe you can imagine that you did a good job reading my comment if I give you a slice of pizza. Won’t that be nice. :)

        • NClaw441

          I don’t think I repeated you. That was not my intention. You said you don’t like the pizza and coke party. I see nothing wrong with it. But if you don’t like the party, are you ok with Awards Day? Diplomas? Scholarships based on merit?
          The party is not THE reward, it is just A reward. Nothing wrong with it.

          • rogerfgay

            Nothing wrong with pizza parties. I like pizza. So go have one. But let the reward for your student accomplishments be the accomplishment itself. That way, it will become more likely that you’ll truly understand what you read, first time around, and far less likely that you’ll nag for undeserved praise.

          • NClaw441

            We disagree. Have a great day.

  • Derek Jones

    Just perfect, putting guilt on the honor students and essentially enabling the less able students into thinking they can just coast by. Welcome to the real world.

    • Heartland Patriot

      The political left is all about forcing the best to be mediocre and about rewarding flat-out losers.

      • Shaun

        No, it’s people like you who are instilling a loser mentality in children’s heads by telling them they aren’t good enough when they can’t possibly meet your “standards” in the first place. No one is saying that we should instill guilt upon gifted children, just acknowledge that development isn’t equal at early stages in life and we shouldn’t put the others down not meeting a man made benchmark. The human brain develops at different speeds in all children up till 21. For Christ sakes let them be children and stop putting them in a meaningless and stressful competition with others, there’s plenty of time for that later in life.

        • rockitman1

          Sure, so since there is plenty of time for that “later in life”, they can just wait for later and try to catch up because it is so much easier as an adult.

  • Melinda Utley Swigart

    Suck it up.You work hard to get what you want .You want pizza you work to get pizza.

    • Shaun

      The notion that working harder will earn them that pizza is false. Again,

      many of the arrogant and privileged here have no idea how a child’s brain works. Do you really believe that every kid is on a level playing field at every age? Get your head out of the clouds, not every student or even a majority can achieve straight A’s. This mentality is downright destructive and demoralizing for the C students who try hard. There are so many variables and you aren’t accounting for any of them.

      • rockitman1

        Right so let us not celebrate achievement and hard work because someone else will do it for you or give it to you. This is the the mantra of liberalism.

        • Shaun

          Celebrating achievement is one thing. Punishing and waiving accolades in the faces of children who are gifted in other undervalued areas is detrimental to their success and mental health for the future. Life is much more broad than a test standard devised by some bureaucrat. The problem is the majority of the ignorant population in this country thinks school teaches children everything they should know about being educated in life, it doesn’t by a long-shot. This is why you have successful people who were C students and some overachievers living paycheck to paycheck.

          • NClaw441

            Shaun, what would you do, then? Some students aren’t gifted in anything. Some don’t care, but if they did, they could make straight A’s. Some think it is uncool/acting white to make good grades.

            If there are other students who excel in things besides grades, celebrate them, too. We certainly do that in athletics, often naming an MVP, which leaves everyone else out.

            In this case no students were punished, nor were accolades waved in their faces. As far as I know, there were no lectures to those who were not invited to the pizza party telling them that if they work hard maybe they could make straight A’s. In fact, I didn’t see any uninvited children interviewed by the TV station to see what their thoughts were, but I imagine all or most of them could not care less about it, and no amount of pizza could encourage them to hang out with the straight A kids (who will likely someday be their bosses).

          • Shaun

            LOL you really think those A students are going the be the bosses one day? I argue the opposite, most A students are worker bees, not leaders. This all stems from the misconception that school teaches everything about life and that grades are everything. I argue that creativity and leadership are far more valuable than anything school has to offer.

          • NClaw441

            You only addressed the A students as bosses comment, so I will take it that you agree with the rest. True, they may not all be the bosses, but they will likely be professionals and not in manual labor (although a couple will likely squander their abilities). And some of the B and C students will do very well for themselves, despite, not because of, the fact that they goofed off in school.

  • catdog8

    As long as it is based on achievement and not just acceptance into the magnet program, i see no problem with it. i say that because too often students are accepted into programs not based on merit but cronyism.

  • Influence Freedom

    Screw the whiny parents, they only teach the kids to whine gets them unearned privilege. Don’t cave.

  • UrMomsNewDude

    This is why kids are growing up expecting the world to hand them everything. Hard work should be rewarded. This makes me so angry!

    • Shaun

      This is not about teaching children to expect everything to be handed on a silver platter, it’s about letting them enjoy their lives and stop being thrown in stressful competitions with children who are further developed at a particular stage. This one size fits all mentality is ruining children’s confidence in their ability to perform and meet their parents expectations.

      • UrMomsNewDude

        Are you being serious? Was that a serious comment? Children need to learn to deal with stress, they need to learn that life after grade school rewards hard work and crushes you if you get complacent. That’s not pleasant but that’s all the more reason they need to learn it young while they have a support system. I agree that one size fits all education is detrimental in some cases but the solution should be special help for people who learn differently. We shouldn’t not congratulate and celebrate children who accomplish things. That’s so stupid and disgusting. That’s like saying “nobody should get a little league trophy because my child is bad at sports”. You are conditioning your child to think that the world is going to coddle him or her when they fail at something and it’s going to be devastating for them after you’re gone and realize their support system didn’t teach them to cope with failure. We’re breeding a generation of humans that are going to be so full of anxiety and animosity when they grow up that they won’t be able to function and you are part of the problem. A big part.

        • Shaun

          It’s not the award itself that I’m against, it’s the complete lack of subject variation in schools which don’t measure all forms of intelligence adequately. We need to increase the pool of students who specialize in certain topics, not just math, science, English, and history. Not all kids have the same abilities and not all can memorize tests. The one size fits all system is flawed and the awards are completely biased which are given to those who fit the mold of our narrow minded curriculum.

          • PeaJaneRun

            There are also awards / rewards for kids who are gifted in art or athletics. There are citizenship awards for those who help others. And, of course, kudos for perfect attendance. Everybody has a chance at some point to feel special. I don’t see anybody getting worked up because every student isn’t invited to the end-of-year athletic banquet.

      • rockitman1

        Yeah let them live in your fantasy world….then they graduate.

  • Let Them Eat Cake!

    I have kids on both ends of the spectrum, a very smart, motivated one…and a very smart yet not so motivated one. Although I feel bad for the child who gets left out of some things I know if they tried harder they could also achieve and earn the privilege to do some of the things the other gets to do because of their motivation. I could see if there were no social activities at all except for the straight A’s it could be considered unfair, but to not reward the kids who are excelling for the hard work they put into maintaining that grade…well that’s just a slap in the face to them. Why try when there is no accomplishment?

    • Shaun

      How about the children who are behind mentally? Is it fair to hold them to the same standard as others who are further along and almost geniuses for their age? How do you think it makes them feel to try hard as they can and not get good grades? Oh and can you please stop trying to make excuses for your “unmotivated” yet “very smart” child. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps motivation has nothing to do with it and they just aren’t there yet? The problem with school is that we treat everyone with this one size fits all mentality and it needs to stop.

      • James A

        Give it up Shaun. Your argument is a red herring. There will always be those who cannot, or will not perform at the highest level. Do all adults try to perform at their highest level? Of course not! THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A SPECTRUM OF ACHIEVERS. Unfortunately, those on the lower end make up the lower end. It is what it is.

        Also, some people (and kids) have the capacity to achieve, but simply do not want to. Have you ever heard of the term “underachiever”? I was one of them. I graduated at the bottom of my class in high school. I’m in my first year of my degree at a very well known school with a 4.6 GPA because I’m now motivated to achieve.

        Stop spreading your liberal “everyone needs equal treatment” nonsense. Give it a rest.

        • Shaun

          Did you even read a word I said, or is your blind hate for liberalism getting in the way? (which btw, I’m a conservative) My whole argument is that we need unequal treatment. Not all kids are at the same stage mentally and not all kids can apply knowledge in the same way. Some are creative, yet totally untested because of our poor culture and narrow-mindedness in this country; only math, science, and history will do it seems; to hell with the arts.

          Teaching everyone the same mundane skills, testing uniformly, and then proceeding to force competition against each other is a terrible idea. How about broadening the spectrum of topics and stop giving them grades entirely and base it on effort demonstrated in the class, not who’s the best test taker. If you want to reward kids, do it in a fair way that takes into account all forms of intelligence.

          The bottom line, let kids be kids and not have them worry if their parents are going to beat them for a grade in a category they can’t improve presently. There is plenty of time in the future to increase competition, when their mind is ready to take on the grueling challenge. Kindergarten through 5th grade should be off limits.

          • PeaJaneRun

            OK, but this is middle school. 6th through 8th. Does that change your mind?

  • Joan Davis

    I think it is a great way to motivate children to achieve success. I think they should do more than just a pizza party ie. field trips, half days off etc. Where I have the problem is allowing other kids to come in after the pizza is gone. If you have three groups you are rewarding in different ways they should be rewarded at different times or venues.

  • pootietang

    Is it 2081 already?

  • Tim Jitsu

    i think those parents should give the Olympic committee a call, and tell them that its not fair to separate athletes base on their performance hahaha. This is so stupid, I was never a straight A student. I’m actually a HS drop out, and i think this is a good idea. LIFE is based on performance, i learned that really quick after i dropped out of school into the real world. Employers hire based on performance, they pay based on performance, they give raises based on performance, and the promote based on performance. If you’re a business owner, YOUR BUSINESS’ SURVIVAL IS BASED ON PERFORMANCE! so since school is meant to prepare children for the real world, i think its great they give an intensive to perform well. this is probably the best thing I’ve seen a public school do in a long time.

    • Tootall Tilly1

      Great advice. Good on ya!

  • Grade Equality!

    They should teach these kids what the real world will be like. Part of the A and B students’ grades should be given to the D and F students so that they all have C’s and everyone gets to attend the party after school and with no pizza since no one has A’s any more.

    Then we will see how long the A and B students care about achieving when their success is no longer rewarded or acknowledged.

    • adak95

      Love it!

    • Tootall Tilly1

      You’ve been reading ATLAS SHRUGGED. Right?

  • R-WOOD

    Tests do not measure character.

    Teacher do not teach character.

    Sounds like a great opportunity for parents.

    • NClaw441

      This was about rewarding achievement. That is what it did.

      • R-WOOD

        Achievement is it’s own reward. That’s character ! All for one and one for all.

        • NClaw441

          A word of encouragement or a small reward causes no harm. I really don’t see a problem here, and certainly not a problem because the less able/interested/motivated don’t get a reward for NOT doing well.

          Should we end honor roll, valedictorian recognition, etc. I vote no.

  • Richard

    Did Michelle Ibombya okay these kids getting pizza?

    • Shannon

      Who gives a sheet?

  • LTE2

    The children who earned the pizza party should apologize and promise never to do well again.
    The teachers who helped these children to do well should be sent off to labor camps.
    The school should be burnt down to the ground as it is a den of elitists.
    The school board should be required to provide a college scholarship to every kid that couldn’t be bothered to do better.

    • Tootall Tilly1

      LOL. You been reading that darned DNC Bill of Rights again.

  • Andrew Stanford

    This pisses me off so badly. To me, a B should be failing. Try making 15 out of 100 parts wrong, or 15 out of 100 burgers wrong, or 15 out of 100 ANYTHING wrong and keep your job. Doesn’t happen. School does NOT prepare you for life!! I got straight A’s, because I wouldn’t settle for anything less. Kids think 75% is good enough, newsflash IT ISN’T. Our standards are WAY TOO LOW. There is nothing wrong with rewarding kids for trying hard and succeeding. The news report, siding with the kids without straight A’s makes me want to PUKE.

    • Steve

      My first job, the person that hired me told me right up front, “If you are a straight A student keep on walking. I don’t have time for a smart A$$”. I got the job.

      • NClaw441

        Does that mean that the boss wanted a dumbass? Congrats!

        • Steve

          Yep, you see a pays to be a dumbass.

      • Brian D Rea

        Sounds like he just didn’t to have to work with anyone smarter than him.

    • Shaun

      What makes me want to puke are tight wads like yourself who have such a blatant disregard for life and enjoyment. All you care about is academic perfection and you couldn’t give a damn about how much this mentality screws with young children. I would hate to have a parent like you because there would be absolutely no way to live up to your expectations; I feel sorry for any kids that happen to share your home. Don’t be too proud of your so called “standards,” you’ll be dead soon enough with the rest of us. Life is too short for this crap.

      • rockitman1

        Keep striving for mediocracy! Keep telling kids this.

        • Shaun

          No one is striving for mediocrity, I just choose not to bash my child over the head for receiving a grade that means squat in the grand scheme of things. It is not an accurate measure of intelligence or effort. Heck you can even get a grade simply based on how well the teacher likes you. It’s all a scam that society has conditioned us with since birth. The more people realize this the better off we will become as a people. I just laugh at those who think this is a liberal stance when it is the complete opposite.

      • PeaJaneRun

        Young children? We’re talking about 12-14 year olds. They’re not 6. They’re old enough to understand that if you work hard then you get rewarded. If we DON’T teach them that, we’re doing them a disservice.

  • Steve

    Gee, I never would have been invited. Damn!

  • dlmullan

    It’s terrible. Parents and schools are out of touch. I am an Honor’s Student and College Graduate. In my classes, all I did was work in groups where no one who got B’s or C’s would get off their butts and do any of the assignments. I had to carry my GPA to maintain my scholarship. No matter how I complained to the instructors this educationally biased group think landed me with all the homework. Group work is NOT acceptable. I’m not being paid to teach your kids. It aslo means the smart kid did the work and your kids learned NOTHING. Why not a pizza party? It makes the other kids want to do better, not worse in school. And after the emails I received at the end of college semesters saying: thank you for the A, I believe I deserve a pizza party too. (literally I received emails) I worked my buttsky off for my grades. Not the B’s and C’s… so where is mine? Parents and schools are out of touch. Individuals should work for their grades, not just the exceptional students. So, yeah, give them their pizza party, they EARNED it. If you want your kids there, then start working with them every day after school until they too earn all A’s. It’s just a matter of your priorities as a parent and student.

    • Tootall Tilly1

      I was going to give some pearl of wisdom about educational “Success” starting at home with Number/Alpha Blocks, Nightly Story Readings, Card games, Knowledge games and trips to Museums and Libraries. It continues throughout your school years with the Love and Attention of your Parents, the Stern yet Caring attitudes of your Teachers, and your Own Desire and Hard Work.
      But I’d forgotten that many parents “birth babies” without any idea of the responsibility that comes with parenthood. Far too many teachers now belong in the category of “those who can – do. Those who can’t – teach.” and were unfortunately taught by the same caliber and category of teachers, themselves.
      Excellence truly is a reward in itself. However, a nice “pizza party” now and then sure couldn’t hurt. If other students feel deprived, it’s because they haven’t yet learned the lesson. Hard work brings rewards. Slack offs finish last.

  • cyberpigue

    Mommy and Daddy should have done a better job of producing eggs and sperm.

  • eyesandears

    At some point, schools bought into the consumerism concept of tangible rewards…maybe when government began issuing ‘school report cards’ which were based on testing results, in turn giving us that ‘innovative teaching style’ of ‘teaching to the test.’ Gov mandates child must know these facts, memorize them, spit them out on a multiple choice test, get your tangible prize, and the school gets a good report card. So where the hell is the critical thinking learning in this? It’s closer to replicating Pavlov’s dog experiment than experiencing learning as a path to higher principled life-long personal growth, a pleasure in itself. Instead, we’re ‘teaching’ kids to always expect to get ‘something’ for doing anything. Lovely tactic for behaviorally inculcating them with the concept of self-centered mass consumerism.

  • Tootall Tilly1

    These two reporters and their producers appear to have already made up their minds that Excellence should NOT be rewarded over Mediocrity. In particular, I’m amazed by the grown female who interviews two 10 or 11 year olds about whether it’s “FAIR” to the B & C students to only get soda, not pizza, at a party honoring the A students. Is she trying to instill jealousy in these youngsters minds or guilt in them if they make the “A” party next time?

    Apparently the reporter has risen to her highest level of incompetency and refuses to accept that there is not, never has been and never will be equality of the human mind and spirit. Some can’t, some won’t, some don’t, some will and do. That’s life.

  • Beth

    In second grade I was told that if I can learn how to multiply on all of my multiplication tables that I could go to a pizza party – I learned them all in one night – I was 7 years old and was at the top of my class in math – if I hadn’t of been given some kind of reward – I would have waited till I was in 3rd and 4th grade because that was when they started teaching multiplication!

    • kelly

      maybe your parents should have pushed you harder to begin with.

  • denise0513

    I think the school is doing the right thing. If the parents of the “excluded” children are so upset, let them have a pizza party for the ones they feel have been excluded. Maybe if parents spent more time with their children and involved in their children’s education, they wouldn’t be so defensive and claim their child’s self-esteem was being harmed. Time to give all these children and their parents a dose of reality. Succeeding in life takes hard work and one is rewarded with the paycheck or a spot on the roster of a big league team. If one just sits back and fails to strive to be the best, he or she should not expect the high paying job or the spot on the roster of the big league team. While raising my boys, I found too many schools failed to recognize their success. My youngest got straight A’s all through school. In his high school AP classes, he was held back and had to cram for the AP tests (thankfully he scored high and managed to get enough credits to shave a semester off college) simply because there were students in the classes that should not have been there. Why? The all inclusive rule! Life is not all inclusive and there is no time like the present to learn that.

  • Jackie Stevens

    I think this school is absolutely right on. Getting straight A’s is no easy task and if they have made the grades they should be rewarded. Kids need to learn that not everything is just handed to them, it takes hard work and determination to get anywhere and if pizza rewards can help motivate them to that then I am all for it.

  • Chris Grisingher

    A wonderful opportunity for the school to teach its students some valuable life lessons that some of their parents obviously haven’t learned yet:

    1. Life is not fair.

    2. Companies or organizations reward those whom generate revenue or increase measurable statistics. In this case; the grade letters.

    3. Nobody has time to recognize mediocrity.

    • billybubba49

      Your a complete a$$, not every kid is perfect. So basically students who suffer from Brain Damage from an accident and has a harder time learning and having only 5 to 10% chance of getting strait A’s. You need some sole searching bud, because obviously judging by your smartassed comment, you should get your head out of your A$$ and show some respect for the students with Learning Disorders wether from a Auto accident or was injured in some other way. Im not saying this because thats how my education turned out after my Truck Accident at 6 years old, But Im just speaking in support of all the students who have limited opportunities and suffer from learning dissorders, It always made me fell left out alot when I had to watch friends get strait A’s. Im not trying to insult you in anyway, but its just I know how it feels to be left out because I have a learning disorders myself and I know how it feels to be bullied by Students and Teachers at times, all because of my condition. I even had to quit the high school Basketball team because my Grades were not the greatest.
      And if anyone who goes through the same issues that I went through, throughout my life, Just keep possitive, dont try too hard, and do your best, thats all you could ask for, Dont let anyone tell you that your not smart enough, even though your grades are low, doesnt mean that your not smarter in other ways. Just stay possitive and dont be afraid to ask for help if you have a hard time with a subject.

      • Engineered Reality

        Do you really consider it intelligent to bring up the absolute minority of students that may be excluded from these events? How many students do you think actually have verifiable brain damage? I’m just guessing, but I would bet less than 1%.

  • NClaw441

    Are the non-athlete students invited to the athletic banquet?

  • Really?

    Education and Success is all about effort and learning. An A means nothing if no learning has occurred. A C means everything if you learned a lot. It’s important to be motivated to do well especially when you know you’re capable of meeting the expectation but not sure we are rewarding the right things in education to develop the right kinds of people who can do the job. Placing emphasis on A’s is not exactly the right approach…placing emphasis on learning that is taking place for all kids is most important. Getting the best grade you could and doing your best is itself a reward and an accomplishment that doesn’t go unnoticed in your school and in your future. You don’t need a pizza party for that.

  • Engineered Reality

    Are the students allowed to use the teachers lounge? Why exclude them from that just because they aren’t teachers? Stupid liberals.

  • Engineered Reality

    Why even give students individual grades? Why not just grade classes as a whole since some people want to be so inclusive? Yes, I’m being facetious.

  • Sodalite

    Wow, it’s a warzone down here. Listen, I’m a current particpant in the quagmire known as the American school system. So instead of moping about missing a pointless party, I would’ve bought my own pizza with my own money (I’ve been working since the age of 13, gaining actual REAL life experience, you know?) I’d order the pizza with my favorite toppings and stuffed crust; I wouldnt have to share.