Excellence in Education Volume 16, Issue 16, 1-15-21
'Champions of Character' at TR
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School has launched a “Champions of Character” campaign to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding character, kindness, and leadership. The initiative, created by the school’s Site-Based Team, aims to encourage pro-social behaviors, motivate students to be their best selves, and enhance the school environment in positive ways.
Every month, classroom teachers nominate one student from each class. Students are recognized with certificates, having their photo taken and posted on the Character Wall of Fame, and by announcing their names during morning announcements. A different character trait will be highlighted each month, such as respect, courage, and honesty, which will be reinforced through classroom lessons and activities. In library, for instance, this month library media specialist Ms. Roseann Davidson will share a book with students about inclusion and being a good friend.
Virtual Alumni Day Gives Seniors Tips
During its annual Alumni Day, Oyster Bay High School proudly welcomed back graduates from the Class of 2020 to share their college experiences with the senior class. The event is a school tradition that not only gives students some helpful college tips but enables teachers to see how their former students are adjusting to the next level of their academic careers.
Held virtually via Zoom, up to a dozen alumni connected with students during their College Essay English classes to discuss college life and their experiences during the pandemic. They offered advice about selecting a major, meeting college professors for extra help, safety, study skills, and how Advanced Placement classes have benefited them in college. They discussed the different challenges of commuting versus dorming, as well as social aspects, extracurricular activities, and food services. The event is coordinated by Sabrina Meehan, Supervisor of Counseling Services, in conjunction with School Counselors Ms. Deanna Cali and Ms. Rebecca Lieberman.