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Local principal found on Northeast Elementary roof

In 27J, our principals go above and beyond (sometimes literally) to motivate and engage with their students! northeast principal toby karr is helped onto roof by united power employee

Northeast Elementary School's Principal Toby Karr is spending the day on the school's roof (thanks for the lift, United Power Inc.!) after students successfully hit their goal in earned IB (International Baccalaureate) positive cards. 

"The incentive was, if they earned enough cards over the past two months, they got to put me on the roof for the day. It also coincides with #OctoberCount, so it’s a great opportunity for students to get to school, to be excited about being here today, to see me go up on the roof," said Karr.

As part of the IB program, students earn IB positive cards for demonstrating the characteristics of different learner profiles each month--so far they've focused on Caring in August and Balanced in September.

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect," said Jennifer Ceretto, IB coordinator at Northeast.

While Northeast is now in its fifth year as an IB World School, many students will now be able to continue on the IB path after elementary school, as Overland Trail Middle School was authorized as an IB school last spring.

"It’s great that they will be able to transition to middle school to continue that pathway and continue to engage with the community and the world around them. The IB pathway helps better prepare students to enter the workforce and college," said Karr.