Just a day, or Day One — you decide. January offers an opportunity for fresh beginnings and renewed focus on Results. Don’t lose momentum now — do one or more of the January activities below, plus the relationship-builder, to keep the energy going!

See more details about January activities by clicking the title of each idea below!

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Positive Principal Referrals: Recognize a wide range of students for good behavior with this positive twist on the principal referral. The result is stronger relationships between administrators, students and parents, which can open up vital lines of communication.


Renaissance Rally: Reinforce academic growth, strong character, and school spirit in general with a Renaissance Rally — one of the most powerful events on a Renaissance campus. It’s not hard to do, and we’ve got plenty of information here about how to do one.



Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar: Reinforce your appreciation for your Staffulty by choosing a day to set up a hot chocolate and coffee bar, complete with delicious flavorings and toppings.

How to Be a Rock Star Educator – video and discussion: Use this episode of The Green Room professional learning at a staff meeting or PD day to reinforce the idea that every teacher can be a rock star educator.


Grit – video and discussions: Use Season 3, Episode 11 of The Harbor™ by Jostens with students to reinforce the importance of grit in reaching goals. This episode includes suggestions for developing a gritty work ethic.

Reinforce Character Strengths: Reinforce what you want to see more of in students by having Staffulty give visual and tangible recognition. The RenStore offers products like Why You’re Awesome notesCompliment Clothes Pins and On The Spot Awards, to make it easy for you.

This activity has been selected as part of the Culture Challenge. Do it, enter the sweepstakes, and you could win $500 for culture and climate activities at your school! 


Monthly Perfect Attendance: Reward students who had perfect attendance last month by posting their names in a highly-visible place and providing candy or another reward. They’ll be smiling all the way to the next honor roll!


All schools who do one Monthly Playbook activity for each month of the school year and track their school culture and climate efforts are eligible to be a Jostens Renaissance School of Distinction.

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