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Students Win Potowmack 500


There are hurdles to positive behavior.


Four hurdles were part of an obstacle course students and staff ran through on Thursday, May 3rd, at Potowmack Elementary as part of the “Potowmack 500.”

Participation in the 500 was the result of Potowmack students earning more than 500 (580 to be exact) good behavior tickets as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.

Teams of students and staff were picked to race through an obstacle course as the assembled student body cheered them on. The obstacle course was complicated.

After jumping over four low hurdles, competitors had to crawl through a series of hoops, then shoot a ball into a soccer goal. That was followed by cup stacking and 20 jumps using a jump rope. The race finished with participants riding a low scooter (feet forward) and then a stand-up razor scooter.

Generational differences showed up between the contestants.

The students were expert cup stackers, while the staffers jumped a mean rope. In a throwback to less-safety-conscious times, staffers struggled with the helmets that were required to ride the scooters (some putting them on backward).

The students won the competition, but the fun was more important than the score.

As with any major sporting event, there was halftime entertainment. A first grade dance team got everybody on their feet as they performed to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music.”

When the athletic competition ended, there was a surprise musical performance by Flo Eagle (aka Assistant Principal Brian Blubaugh). Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are coming up and Flo Eagle (the Eagle is Potowmack’s mascot) wanted the students to get in the right mood through his rendition of “Tests Can’t Hold Me” (performed to a karaoke version of Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Hold Me”). The entire Potowmack staff acted as Flo Eagle’s backup dancers.

School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn District) and member Debbie Rose (Algonkian District) attended the Potowmack 500.