PENNSBURY >> Eight district students were honored with character awards at the December 20 meeting of the Pennsbury School Board.
Pastor Vicky Allen, representing Pennsbury LYFT, and school board member Gary Sanderson were on hand to present the awards, which come with a certificate of recognition and a cash prize provided by the First United Methodist Church of Fairless Hills.
In conjunction with Pennsbury’s ongoing character education initiative, students at the elementary, middle and high school levels are being spotlighted each month for possessing specific positive character assets.
For the month of November, Rebecca Guloy, Rachel Stein, Maggie O’Dunne and Brienna Smith were recognized for exemplifying the trait of “responsibility.”
Brienna, a fourth grader at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, was nominated for the character award by teacher Maureen Janthor.
According to Janthor, Brienna is a student who honors the core values of her school, always completes her work accurately and on time and goes above and beyond her “CAN DO” list.
Brienna ran for and won the office of treasurer of Student Council. She attends meetings before school and is responsible for counting funds collected from the entire school for various fundraising events. She also offers to help staff at lunch and recess and reads the morning announcements.
Brienna is “truly the picture of a responsible student here at ER!” said Janthor.
Maggie, a fifth grade student at Makefield Elementary School, was nominated by Principal Donna McCormick-Miller and the Kindergarten staff.
According to McCormick-Miller, Maggie contacted her during the summer to ask if she could visit and perform a song for each of the incoming Kindergarten classes. She thought the song, “I Can Tell That We Are Going To Be Friends,” would be a good way to welcome in the Kindergartners. She practiced all summer and performed the song with her guitar for all three classes, who loved it.
Maggie also is a member of the safety patrol and does an excellent job of reinforcing the school’s G.R.O.W. mission with other students, said McCormick-Miller.
Rachel, a sixth grader from Charles Boehm Middle School, is the November honoree at the middle school level. Rachel was nominated by Principal Travis Bloom.
According to Bloom, Rachel models responsibility throughout the school year. She helped lead the sixth grade parent/teacher orientation program during the summer months and served as the student representative on an advisory committee in November and December. She also served as the producer for the CHB News Team. When the teacher who advises the team was out on leave, Rachel helped facilitate the daily news show, providing important information to the student body, according to Bloom.
At the high school level, the award went to PHS ninth grader Rebecca Guloy. She was nominated by teacher Susan Lawrence who said that Rebecca shows maturity and responsibility at a higher level than most students.
When Rebecca had to miss class for orchestra lessons, she let her teacher know ahead of time and took full responsibility for the material she missed during that period of time. She asks in-depth questions and takes pride in her school work.
Lawrence added that she can always rely on Rebecca to step out voluntarily to help others in her class.
For the month of December students Kate Piccionotti, Sydney Becker, Brian Drewes and Kiana McIntosh were recognized for exemplifying the traits of fairness and sportsmanship.
Kate, a fifth grade at Fallsington Elementary School, was nominated at the elementary level by Meagan Mauck, Carey Stolber, Linda Minnes, Angela Mastropaolo, Kristen Cahill and Principal Brian Shaffer. They see Kate as a remarkable young person who stands out for her great character. She always goes out of her way to include all classmates, being able to act as a leader during activities, as well as willing to let others take the lead.
During Student Council elections, Kate was fair, supportive of other candidates and did not get caught up in the competition. She is a school safety, a role she takes seriously, and in the cafeteria she respects all students and ensures they are treated fairly.
Also winning the character award at the elementary level is Sydney Becker, a third grader at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School. Sydney was nominated by Kris Bria, Hannah Rumbelow and Brian Doron.
According to her teachers, Sydney embodies fairness and sportsmanship throughout the day. She encourages others to give their best effort and is empathetic to all. Sydney is incredibly inclusive, always keeping an open mind and inviting other students to work with her if they do not have a partner. She is a good sport in Physical Education and always shares the ball with her team. Win or lose, she always tells the other team “good game.”
Brian is an eighth grader at Charles Boehm Middle School and was nominated by Team 8B. The faculty members shared that Brian is an agile athlete and a leader on the soccer field. He is open minded, respects others’ opinions, and is always looking for the best possible outcomes. He consistently wants to ensure that others are a part of the team when playing class games.
The high school winner for December is Kiana McIntosh, a senior at Pennsbury High School. Kiana was nominated by Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator, Lori Trickel.
Trickel noted that Kiana gives extra time to help others in her Adventure Education class. Kiana is happy to partner up with anyone in class, and in particular, she displays patience and understanding with peers in her weights class.
LYFT, an acronymn that stands for Lower Makefield, Yardley, Falls and Tullytown, is a volunteer community coalition made up of individuals from all parts of the community to support and strengthen the youth and families of the Pennsbury School District.
Its mission is to create a more positive community environment where youth are safe and can thrive by working to reduce the risks that confront youth such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues, school violence and delinquency. The coalition also provides support for parents and recognizes students who demonstrate positive character.