May 8, 2018
Boyce students recognized for kindness
Twenty-eight Boyce Middle School students were recently honored with April PRIDE Awards. PRIDE Awards are a monthly celebration of kindness, sponsored by the Boyce PTO.
April 2018 PRIDE awardees include the following:
Grade 5: Hala Alsharif, James Barker, Ava Coyle, Eva Dubreil, Noor Elnokali, Sydney Fisher, Nikolas Gidas, Noah Lilja, Rohan Mehta, Ava Mosler, Komel Nulwala, Maddy Olivia, Manami Ozasa, Emily Powell, Hannah Randolph, Tyler Robbins, Ellie Shanholtzer, Cory Smykla, Bella Stewart and Akhil Vajjala
Grade 6: Luca Baird, Julia Cedar, Joe Donnelly, Mackenzie Mitchum, Avery Neal, Maxim Shevchenko, Neha Thomas and Willem van Der Wal
Boyce Middle School staff members have the opportunity to nominate one or more students who have gone above and beyond in the areas of academics, attitude and/or peer relationships.
“For the past several years, the Boyce school community has really focused on kindness and caring,” Dan O’Rourke, principal said. “Together, our parents and teachers have identified the need to emphasize this social awareness and our Boyce PRIDE Awards create the opportunity to recognize students for their positive actions.”
Nominating teachers or staff members prepare a brief narrative summarizing why the student should be recognized. This narrative is printed onto a certificate and presented to the student awardee by Mr. O’Rourke and/or Christine Mussomeli, assistant principal.
PRIDE Awardees are typically called to the library the first Monday of every month where they are recognized for their hard work. In addition to receiving a certificate and keychain, each student has his/her picture taken with Mr. O'Rourke or Ms. Mussomeli. The photos are displayed in the guidance classroom.
“The desire for students to display a caring attitude can only be reinforced if we recognize acts of kindness on a continual basis,” Ms. Mussomeli said. “There is no better way to start a week than our PRIDE Award Mondays.”