GENERAL IDEAS

Jostens Renaissance Education is designed to inspire, motivate, and renew a climate and culture of character, connection of stakeholders, and celebration of achievement while addressing the needs, challenges, and concerns in today’s schools. These are proven ideas to impact school climate and culture! From using Jostens Renaissance resources (such as Pause Before You Post and The Pulse Student Recognition Survey) to other successful approaches in the schoolhouse, these examples provide tangible and actionable ideas and tactics.

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SECRET STAFFULTY DRESS UP DAY

Have the entire Staffulty dress in an unexpected way on a designated day. Shhh! It’s a surprise for students!

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MINUTE TO PITCH IT WITH STEVE BOLLAR

With a timer counting down, how many ideas can Steve Bollar give? He’ll be sorry if he takes too long!

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OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

Help your students celebrate the end of the semester or school year with a movie night

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EXCLUSIVE IDEAS

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Dress Up Day Ideas
General Ideas

Looking for some new dress up days that you can do at your school? Check out the list below for ideas where you can go all…

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Club Rush
General Ideas

How do students in your school find out about student groups or clubs? Make a fun event out of the search for new participants by holding…

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Minute to Pitch It: Every Single Student - LIP DUB!
General Ideas

EVERYONE in your school can participate in this creative venture. And that’s an easy recipe for building a lasting sense of inclusion and camaraderie. Activity goal:…

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Minute to Pitch It: Say Cheese!
General Ideas

We’ve all seen it. We’ve all felt it. And we know it works, but it’s easy to forget how effective it is for motivation and building…

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Create a Sense of Fun
General Ideas

Use Renaissance to build on the positive things happening at your school. Hear Tina’s perspective on how she does it at the elementary school level in…

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Using the Renaissance Results Formula
General Ideas

Respect + Recognize + Reward + Reinforce + Relationships = Results™ Goal: Create an exceptional school culture by using the The Jostens Renaissance Results Formula 1. Identify…

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Harbor Homerooms
General Ideas

Harbor Homeroom can support SEL and help you discover more student leaders on your campus than you ever imagined. School type: High School Activity goal: Implement…

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Minute to Pitch It: Culture Building Ideas with Steve Bollar
General Ideas

With a timer counting down, how many ideas can Steve Bollar give? He’ll be sorry if he takes too long! One minute. 60 seconds . Ideas…

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Secret Staffulty Dress Up Day
General Ideas

Reinforce a sense of fun and camaraderie by having the entire Staffulty dress in an unexpected way on a designated day. Even costume skeptics can be…

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Minute to Pitch It: High Five Fridays
General Ideas

Creating a positive climate on your campus can start with something as easy as High-Five Fridays! Educator Melissa Skinner adds a fun twist that makes it…

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Clean Laundry Initiative
General Ideas

Provide free laundry services for students who may not have access to a washer and dryer at home. Renaissance students wash, dry and fold the clothing…

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First Day of School Photos
General Ideas

Make the first day of school even more fun by creating a photo backdrop with photo props for students and Staffulty to take pictures all day.…

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Trick or Treat
General Ideas

Build school-wide involvement and positive interactions between students and Staffulty through Trick or Treating activity. School type: Middle School, High School Activity goal: Build school-wide involvement…

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Applause
General Ideas

Welcome students as they arrive on the first day of school with applause and cheers from the school staff. School type: Elementary, Middle School, High School…

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Just Checking In Cards
General Ideas

Students are often the first to know when another student is having a rough day or could use a little extra attention. These cards give them…

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Rock Star Certificate
General Ideas

Parents and other adult volunteers are critical to making your school’s activities run smoothly. Be sure to show them how much you appreciate their donations of…

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NEW STUDENT TEACHER BINGO
General Ideas

Encourage new students to get to know the adults in your school by having conversations about an interesting aspect of their lives. School type: Middle School and High…

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CUT ME SOME SLACK PASS
General Ideas

New students need a little extra time to find their way around the school and understand expectations. These cards are an easy way to show them…

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GPA CHAMPIONSHIP
General Ideas

Create a connection between athletics and academics by rewarding the varsity team with the highest in-season GPA. School type: High School Activity goal:Create a strong connection between…

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TEST DAY DESK MESSAGE
General Ideas

Build classroom community by writing an encouraging message to students on the day of an important test or presentation they have been working hard on. School…

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TESTING PACKET
General Ideas

Put together packets filled with supplies that will help students prepare and perform well on state exams or other tests. School type: Elementary School, Middle School, High…

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JOKE OF THE DAY
General Ideas

Tell a joke during morning announcements to set a positive tone for the rest of the day. School type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Activity goal: Start…

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MORNING HI FIVES
General Ideas

Create a positive vibe to kick off the day. Have students and staff at each door giving Hi Fives to everyone who enters. School type: K-12…

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PINNING CEREMONY
General Ideas

Create a feeling of belonging to the school community for the new class of students by having a pinning ceremony. School type: High School Activity goal: Welcome…

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Mirror Clings
General Ideas

Place these clings in various locations around the school as a visual reminder to keep a positive attitude and share it with others through compliments and…

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Color Me Grateful Postcards
General Ideas, Staffulty Recognition

Make it easy for students to write a meaningful message of thanks to an adult who made a difference, or for faculty and staff to express…

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Passing of the Torch
General Ideas

A fun ceremony that celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class and the advancement of underclassmen from one grade to the next. School type: Elementary School, Middle…

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Sidewalk Chalk Messages
General Ideas

Set the tone of your school as a welcoming, fun place where everyone belongs. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Welcome students to campus with positive messages…

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A Compliment for Every Student
General Ideas, The Look of Renaissance

A great way to display your positive culture in the hallways School type: K-12 Activity goal: Show your students some recognition easily and inexpensively Submitted by: Jostens…

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School Board Appreciation
General Ideas

Recognize and thank your school board for their contributions to making your school a better place. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Provide recognition and thanks to your…

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Rainy Day Message
General Ideas

Add some energy and fun to a rainy day. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Set a positive tone on a rainy day Submitted by: Steve Bollar

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Movie Night
General Ideas

Help your students celebrate the end of the semester or school year with a movie night! School type: 9-12 Activity goal: Host a fun, safe event for students…

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Dot Exercise
General Ideas

An activity to help your staff and faculty ensure all students feel connected. School type: MS, HS Activity goal: Identify your “invisible” students so you can ensure all…

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The Look of Renaissance: Birthday Walls
General Ideas, The Look of Renaissance

A great way to recognize students and staffulty during their birthday month. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Provide recogntion for all students and staffulty members. Submitted by: Tara…

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ADAPTIVE PROM
General Ideas

A great way to honor and recognize a very special group of students in your building with an adapted prom night, creating a night they will…

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TEST CARE PACKAGES
Fundraising, General Ideas

Students can sell “Test Care Packages” during lunch to any student that wants to give a little motivation to a friend during busy testing times of…

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NAME CALLING TURNED POSITIVE
General Ideas

Empower students and staff by turning name calling into something positive. School type: Elementary School Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted by: Tina Dietrich, Fountain Woods Elementary, NJ  

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MONTHLY PERFECT ATTENDANCE FOR STUDENTS
General Ideas

A great way to get all students to care about their attendance. Because it matters!   School type: High school, middle school Activity goal: Recognize and…

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BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
General Ideas

A good example of a creative reward for good behavior: VIP, home-style seating at varsity games. School type: High School Activity goal: Encourage positive behavior Submitted by:…

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ATTENDANCE BUCKS
General Ideas

Give students Attendance Bucks for good attendance. Allow them to use those bucks to enter a drawing for various prizes. For even more fun, allow teachers…

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GETTING STARTED: TIPS AS YOU START RENAISSANCE
Fundraising, General Ideas

It’s not always easy to know where to start, but educators have been using Renaissance ideals for decades. The following are some great tips to keep…

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GETTING STARTED: FORMING A RENAISSANCE COMMITTEE
General Ideas

A good early step in starting Renaissance at your school is to form a Renaissance Committee. School type: K-12 Activity goal: Create a committee for Renaissance…

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