The first month of the new school year has gone smoothly at Southdown Primary School, where students quickly fell into sensational classroom routines. Principal Scott Oshrin and faculty and staff members recently honored some exceptional youngsters during a “splash” assembly in the gymnasium.
Southdown is the home of the dolphins, the school’s mascot. Students are awarded “splashes” for displaying positive behavior in the classroom and all around the building, including being kind to others, demonstrating proper behavior in hallways and even boosting the spirits of someone feeling a little down.
One Southdown student is selected from each class in the building for formal recognition at the monthly “splash” assembly. The school considers these youngsters to be its “stars of the month.”
The honorees included: Kindergarten: Piper Savatta, Andy Ticas Prado, Angelique Morales Aleman, Lourdjie Seizeme, Aidan Murphy; First grade: Monalina Bathe, Ryan Buscemi, Jennifer Gutierrez Sanchez; Second grade: William Oliva, Zoe Chiclacos, Ariana Hill; Third grade: Anderson Acosta Fuentes, Evolet Herrera Moreira, Camila Jimenez, Anthony Zelaya Anariba, Henry Fox.
The recent “splash” assembly focused on procedures for walking in the hallway, conduct on the bus and in the cafeteria and Southdown’s system for rewarding positive bus behavior. Teacher Pamela Schwarting led the discussion.
Southdown teacher aide Vincenza Roseto was also recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the building’s students. “She is hard-working and student centered,” Mr. Oshrin said. “She is a constant positive presence. Students respond to her calm and gentle demeanor.”