The first month of the new school year has breezed by in the proverbial blink of an eye at Washington Primary School. Students walked into their respective classroom back in early September and quickly settled into their daily routines, rolled up their sleeves and got down to the tasks at hand.
The sun is perpetually shining over Washington School. Alums of the school have shown an almost mythical degree of loyalty it since the doors opened in September 1954. They simply love the place and retain fond memories of school there long after they move on with their lives.
First year principal Dr. Michelle J. Richards recently presented awards to a group of students who were cited for their exceptional efforts throughout September. The honorees were announced over the building’s public address system. One by one they walked down to the main lobby and were given a colorful certificate. The group then went outside and posed for a commemorative photo with the new principal.
September’s Washington Ways Award recipients include Emily Lizama, Audrey Jenkins, Jack Zimmerman, Gavin Zarcone, Alexander Contreras, Josue Funez Escoto, Ayat Baig, Constance Bublin, Rafaella Moss, Cecilia Lee, Adrian Corrente, Kailee Alfaro, Marvin Matamoros, Cesar Lovo Rodriquez, Natalie Mullaly, Layla Odom and Rylie Rabino.
The entire classes of teachers Mary Grever, Suzy Dinehart and Debbie Quiles were recognized as September’s Blue Ticket Award honorees.
“It was wonderful to recognize these eager students and these great three classes,” Dr. Richards said. “We are off to a great start to the new school year.”
Here’s how the Washington Ways program works:
White tickets are awarded weekly for good behaviors and actions in the classroom. White ticket winners are honored with special recognition in their classroom at the end of each week and their names are announced every Monday morning.
Red tickets are presented to individuals for notable good behavior outside of classrooms, including in hallways, buses, the playground and cafeteria, etc. At the end of the month, the student in each class with the greatest number of red tickets is recognized with a special certificate.
Entire classes can earn blue tickets for positive group behavior out-of-the-classroom. Blue tickets are also awarded to the two classes within the building with the most tickets overall.