Jefferson Primary School is in the midst of one of its best years ever. With less than four months remaining in the 2018/19 school year, students are working hard and having fun as they go about their daily studies.
Jefferson Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide announced two sets of award winners earlier this week and the recipients were awfully excited to hear their names ring out during the monthly assembly program in the school gym.
Jefferson’s Citizens of the Month Award winners for February include Hanna Boyle, Allison Campos, Justin Campos Moreira, Camila Cabrera, Tucker Fiore, Esther Gershuny, Jake Kiernan, Olivia Koiyet, Makayla Marothiere, Joseph Mata Cortez, Mia Mendoza Torres, Diego Padilla-Buezo, Shayan Prashad, Logan Ranft, Gianna Smith and Logan Tine.
“Congratulations to the February Citizens of the Month, who have demonstrated safe, responsible and respectful behaviors,” Ms. Capitulo-Saide said.
The monthly assembly is fun for everyone. It also serves an educational purpose. The school’s classroom teachers give a brief anecdote providing specific details as to the respectful, responsible and/or safe behaviors each honoree demonstrated throughout the month. This anecdote is read when the student’s name is announced at the assembly. Faculty members believe that highlighting specific examples will support and encourage such behaviors throughout the building, at home and in the community.
Jefferson’s Featured Artists of the Month for February were also honored. The artwork of one student from each classroom is featured each month. The pieces are hung in the hallway and the students are formally acknowledged with a medal.
February’s Featured Artists include Lilian Aparicio Beltran, Dylan Bernzweig, Katelynn Biancardo, Gian Karlos Bracero, Francesca D’Eloia, Steven Gomez Ordonez, Grace Gonzalez, Ethan Karaptis, Geissel Reyes Campos, Justin Rivas Duran, Diana Rozhkova, Alejandro Ulloa Alfaro, Maximilian Von Holt and Jayden Zambrano
The Featured Artists of the Month initiative began when Ms. Capitulo-Saide and art teacher Maria Mazzola decided the top pieces of artwork needed to be shared more widely with the school community and the students who created it needed to be publicly acknowledged for their exceptional efforts.