It’s one of the best parts of her job. Jefferson Primary School Principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide thoroughly enjoys recognizing the students in her building for doing a great job. The longtime educator had an opportunity to do just that during a recent assembly in the gymnasium.
Jefferson’s most recent Citizen of the Month Awards were presented to a group of excited children. September’s honorees included Reina Andrade Ortez, Byron Araujo Yanes, Charles Broderick, Rhys Carrillo, Chloe Donovan, Tucker Fiore, Oliver Frintzilas, Luca Garcia, Ryan Hahn, Jefferson Interiano Villalta, Daniela Lopez, Steven Lopez Cruz, Leah MacManus, Montserrat Mani-Munoz, Elliot Manu, Karina Rodriguez, Genesis Sorto, Miguel Vasquez Ibarra and Jayden Zambrano. One student from each class was recognized.
The monthly assembly is fun for everyone, but 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.”
One Jefferson student from each class is also recognized as Citizen of the Week for demonstrating respectful, responsible and safe behaviors. The honorees are announced every Friday during a “happy news” segment. Students receive a prize.
Author Visits Jefferson Students
Author Tracey Delio recently spent time visiting Jefferson Primary School students, sharing her book series, The Adventures of Louie V. “The stories of Louie V were inspired by a real cat named Louie V,” according to Ms. Delio’s professional website. “Louie’s owner, Tracey leaves for work every morning and she thinks that Louie is going to spend the day sleeping, but in reality, while she is away, Louie has a special adventure.”
Ms. Delio has authored several books while also providing speech and language services to those from toddler age through high school. She has been a teacher of the speech and hearing impaired and obtained a master’s degree at Hofstra University.
“From an early age, I knew that my calling would be working with and touching the lives of children,” said Ms. Delio in a statement posted on her website. “I have had the privilege to work with so many wonderful children and parents who have enriched my life. It is through these children that I have found my voice as a writer. Louie V is a character who embodies the characteristics that all children possess. He is sassy, creative, mischievous and loving. So spend some time with Louie V and follow him on his adventure. You never know where the journey will take you.”