Sixth-grader gives principal new hairdo
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Elementary Principal Scott Pyne grins as sixth-grade student Nicholas Miller cuts his hair during the student student assembly program. Miller earned the barbering rights by having the highest scores in a state testing program. School guidance counselor Sue Mengel watches.
Scott Pyne, elementary principal in the Northern Lehigh School District, subjected himself to schoolwide humiliation on Tuesday to promote positive behavior.
Pyne let a sixth-grade student cut his dark, wavy hair during an assembly program attended by the student body.
The student, Nicholas Miller, earned the right to be the barber after netting the highest PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) scores in math and reading.
Miller admirably did a terrible job, leaving just stubble on the back and top of Pyne's head. And the students loved every minute of it.
So did the rest of the faculty, with some members individually congratulating Pyne for being such a good sport.
The assembly program was to inform students of the school's positive support programs. Northern Lehigh is one of many school districts attempting to do more to accentuate the positive behavior of students.
During the assembly, school guidance counselor Sue Mengel discussed the four positive behavior themes that are stressed in the school: be responsible, be respectful, be safe and be proud.
Mengel told the students how their good behavior can earn "Bulldog bucks," which can be spent at the school's "treasure cart."
She said quarterly awards are given from which there are 16 activities students can choose. Students who receive a suspension are disqualified during the quarter, but can qualify for the award the following period.
The students participated in a random raffle during which six $10 gift cards and two other prizes were awarded.
So enthused were the children at having an opportunity to cut the hair of the principal that some teachers indicated they might get involved in the fun next year.
Pyne told the students he will bear the silly cut for one day only. He planned to shave his head when he got home from school Tuesday evening.
He said he has his head shaved during the summer, and his biggest task was starting his hair growth soon enough for the assembly program.
Pyne has served as principal for 1 1/2 years at the elementary school. Before this, he was assistant high school principal for two years under Robert L. Vlasaty.
Vlasaty attended the assembly program to support Pyne and his efforts at working to accentuate the good.