Academic achievement found hereTwelve students were recently recognized by their teachers, two from each grade level and house, at Meyer Middle School during the month of October, due to the outstanding work and social and academic skills displayed in their respective classrooms.
By: Vera Roy-Stoeberl, River Falls Journal
Twelve students were recently recognized by their teachers, two from each grade level and house, at Meyer Middle School during the month of October, due to the outstanding work and social and academic skills displayed in their respective classrooms.
They include: Alison Casey, Zack Price, Jamie Handlos, James Witt, Lauren Steinhoff, Sam Purfeerst, Darrin Cernohous, McKenzie Tirrel, Logan Nygaard, Natasha Dusek, Benji McRoberts and Maura Watson.
Alison Casey and Zack Price represent the 6 Blue House. Both students were chosen for meeting the monthly qualities of their house, being respectful, responsible, and possessing a commitment to learning. According to their teachers, Alison and Zack are self-disciplined, creative, and motivated to do well. They are friendly to all staff and students, and they set a wonderful example within the classroom. Alison says she was excited and glad to be chosen. She felt that she had done everything she could to be recognized and honored for it. Her parents are Melissa and Bill Casey.
Alison’s favorite class is social studies because she likes to learn about history. She also enjoys playing soccer, playing with friends, playing the trumpet, and working on crafts. During her free time, Alison listens to country music and pampers her two cats.
Zack used the word “honored” to describe how he felt about being picked.
“It is a great feeling to know that people think of you so highly,” he said. Zack loves sports and makes school a top priority. His family is made up of a brother, a pet and his parents, Jennie and Rick Price. Zack’s favorite quote is “Never give up,” three wise words to follow. Math is his favorite class because he likes to deal with numbers and solve problems. When he’s not in school, he might be found keeping busy taking part in football, baseball and basketball, or playing the piano, or practicing karate.
6 Gold House is represented by students Jamie Handlos and James Witt.
Jamie’s teachers says she was selected because of her high quality work. They said she also takes part in class and works well with others. Jamie is always willing to lend a helping hand. Some of her favorite pastimes are playing soccer, reading, and hanging out with her friends.She is the proud owner of three dogs and two cats and has one sister. Her parents are Mark and Marni Handlos. Jamie said she was very excited and honored because her teachers chose her out of all the 6 Gold girls. Science is her favorite class because she likes doing all of the labs.
According to 6 Gold House teachers, James is a very conscientious student who takes part in class with lots of enthusiasm. James has a great sense of humor and is fun to have in class. James describes himself as a leader and always tries his hardest. “I’m honored that my teachers noticed my efforts and I’m proud to be selected as Student of the Month,” he said. Math is James’ favorite subject not only because his dad teaches it, but also because it’s fun. James also likes to take part in baseball, basketball, football and collecting baseball cards. His favorite quote is, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes permanent.” James’ parents are James and Chris Witt.
7 Blue House teachers congratulate Lauren Steinhoff and Sam Purfeerst this month.
They say in and out of the classroom, Laura and Sam both demonstrate excellent behavior, effort and attitudes. They are conscientious students who take time to ensure their work is completed on time and with great attention to detail. Sam and Lauren were also picked because of their positive relationships with peers. They are quiet, soft spoken role models who lead by example. Sam and Lauren continue to impress 7 Blue House teachers with their respectful and caring attitudes.
“I was very honored to be chosen by my 7 Blue teachers,” said Lauren. “It feels good to know that I has achieved a goal that I have wanted.” Lauren picked social studies class as her favorite because she loves to learn about the world. She is the daughter of Tim and Jackie Steinhoff. Playing basketball and listening to music are Lauren’s most enjoyable pastimes. Even her favorite quote pertains to basketball: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
When asked to describe himself, Sam says that he is smart and athletic. He enjoys having fun with his friends and he enjoys following the accomplishments of the Packers and Brewers. Sam’s favorite quote comes from Coach Vince Lombardi: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Social studies is his favorite class at Meyer Middle School. Sam says it’s fun and a class he does well at. “I am very honored,” to be 7 Blue House’s Student of the Month, said Sam. Just like some of his other classmates, Sam likes taking part in football, basketball and track. His parents are Jay and Rhonda Purfeerst.
7 Gold House teachers chose Darrin Cernohous and McKenzie Tirrel.
Darrin’s teachers say he is a polite and well mannered responsible student. They like how he offers good class participation and is an excellent writer. “I’m proud to be nominated for Student of the Month,” said Darrin. “I feel that my teachers are very supportive and appreciate my efforts in school.” Darrin chose a quote by 6 Gold House language arts teacher, Mr. Sticht, as his favorite quote: “If the teacher is bored, then the students are bored.” When he doesn’t have too much to do, Darrin likes to play basketball and play with his dog, Missy. But when he’s in school, Darrin says math is his favorite class because it’s easy to understand.
Duane and Sherry Cernohous are Darrin’s parents. One reason Darrin’s classmate, McKenzie Tirrell, was picked by teachers is because she always brings in outside resources to share with the class. They often times find McKenzie helpful to her peers and enjoy her great attitude. They said McKenzie is a hard worker who goes above and beyond expectations.
“It felt great (to be chosen by my teachers) because not only did I have a great report card first quarter with a 4.0 GPA, but I also received Student of the Month,” said a proud McKenzie. She would like to be a vet when she grows up so science is a very important class for her. McKenzie is the daughter of Lorraine and Jay Tirrel. She enjoys volleyball, drawing, playing basketball, making jewelry and talking with friends, and describes herself as a kind and helpful person.
Logan Nygaard and Natasha Dusek were picked to represent the 8 Blue House.
According to Logan’s teachers, he does a great job of taking part in class. They know he wants to do well in school and asks great questions to help him accomplish that. Teachers say Logan understands the importance of taking responsibility for his own learning. He is a polite young man who sets a good example for his classmates and he’s really fun to have in class. Logan’s parents are Noble and Susan Nygaard. When asked about his favorite activities, Logan listed sports, being with his friends and the television show “The Office.” Logan said he was surprised to be picked but was very happy about it. His favorite quote is “No guts, no glory.” When asked about his favorite class, Logan said social studies. It’s his favorite because he enjoys learning about United States history. His favorite sports are football, basketball, baseball and golf.
Natasha’s teachers describe her as “…a pleasure to have in class.” They added that she is very conscientious about her school work and takes responsibility for her learning. Teachers also said Natasha is very involved in school and out of school activities, yet she manages to keep her grades up. She is kind and thoughtful to her classmates and teachers. Her manners are amazing. Allen and Nita Dusek are her parents. Natasha picked social studies as her favorite class. That’s because she’s always been pretty good at it and likes learning about some of the fun facts about people and different countries. Natasha said she was very happy to be acknowledged for the monthly honor. “I am very thankful towards my teachers for selecting me,” she said. “I always do my best and am very glad that my teachers noticed that.”
Benji McRoberts and Maura Watson were honored by their 8 Gold House teachers.
Those teachers had this to say about Benji: He is a cheerful presence in everybody’s classroom. His attitude towards school and work is extremely positive and he is always upbeat and smiling. They also said that Benji contributes to classroom discussions, and has excellent citizenship skills with a genuine willingness to help. His teachers said they are both pleased and proud to have him in 8 Gold. Benji picked social studies as his favorite class, just like several of his other classmates. Benji said that’s because he likes to learn about other parts of the world. Social studies shows the benefits and downfalls of our country. “I’m an energy-filled, 14-year-old, sports loving kid,” he said. He also said he felt pretty honored to be selected. “I tried to make the A honor roll, and fell a bit short, but my teachers still acknowledged my accomplishments,” said Benji. Sherrie and Bob McRoberts are Benji’s parents. He likes to kick back by playing football, lifting weights and hanging out with his friends.
Maura Watson has impressed her teachers with the level of effort she puts into her work and the high standards to which she holds herself. According to her teachers, she approaches each task set with enthusiasm, energy and a distinct desire to succeed. In addition, they’ve noticed that Maura has a personality that sparkles. She is certainly a pleasure to teach. Maura’s parents are Maggie and Hal Watson. She loves learning about different cultures and people around the world in her social studies class. Her favorite quote is, “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail,” by Mark Spitz. “I really appreciate my teachers selecting me for Student of the Month,” said Maura. She always tries very hard and attempts to do her very best. She felt that her teachers appreciated her efforts as well.
Maura is actively involved in competitive swimming, soccer, drawing, reading, photography and hanging out with her friends.