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Magnolia Jr High Students Develop Online Reward Program

Mustang Money is a campus reward system in which students can earn dollars or points for positive behavior and going above and beyond, attendance, and grades. The students earn Mustang dollars throughout the year and then spend the dollars on games and food at the end of year campus celebration.

Coach Matthews stated, “Our administration challenged our classes with developing an online program which would eliminate printing cost of the Mustang Money, secure a way of tracking each student’s balance and give student’s access to their account. Previously, the students would turn in their Mustang Money during lunch and each student’s amount was manually entered into a spreadsheet.” 

Zack shared his experience from using paper Mustang money last year, “I was mad at the end of last year as I was cut short about 100 Mustang dollars. When Coach Matthews and Mrs. Quintanilla challenged us with developing an online tracking system, I was definitely up to the task.”

Students Zack and Jacob worked on the project for four weeks, creating an administrative login as well as a student and teacher log in for each grade level. Teachers can log in and reward any student with Mustang dollars by entering the student ID. Students can log in daily to check their balance, and administrators can add new teachers and students to the system at any time. 

Jacob stated, “The most challenging part of the project was developing the code behind the search function. You can now type in a student ID, or first or last name in the search bar and a teacher or administrator can add funds to the student’s account.” He continued to share his favorite part of the project, “It is really gratifying to see what Zack and I have worked so hard on the past month actually works and the campus is using the system.” 

Principal David Slater shared, “We are excited about the new online tool! This is a great way to consistently promote and reward our students for demonstrating our school’s five pillars of character which we call Mustang Pride.” 

Magnolia Junior High has 1,012 students and since the website went live on March 20, they have had 8,221 page views with 903 students using the site. The program is being used by 88% of the campus population and has had 1,115 unique users. 

The students are researching and continuing to work on developing the web-based program to make it scalable for Magnolia ISD. Visit www.mjhmustangmoney.com. We are excited to see what is next from these students!