On the final school day of her long career, Principal Marsha Neville presented 21 students with a special award denoting their superb effort and performance throughout the month of June.
The ceremony marked the last time Mrs. Neville would present the monthly Washington Ways Awards, which have become a tradition at the school. She retired June 30 following a dozen years as the building’s educational leader.
The names of the honorees were announced over the building’s public address system by Mrs. Neville. One by one they walked down to the main lobby and were given a colorful certificate. The group then went outside and posed for a commemorative photo with the principal.
June’s honorees included George Thomas, Nicole Tosta, Enzo Guardado, Layne Cranz, William Respass, Zackary Smith, Angelica Cunningham, Marvin Matamoros-Flores, Jonathan Alvarado Villatoro, Lia Zivkovic, Vanessa Iraheta, Alex Knapp, Sophia Villatoro, Rebecca Stone, Owen Gordon, Michael Munsch, Aris Cruz Guevara, Brian Banega, Daniel Romero-Lino, Sofia Vias and Brandon Watts.
The entire classes of teachers Tina Balducci and Miriam Engle were also recognized for their splendid efforts and performance during the month of June.
“These are all wonderful children, who have been kind and considerate and enthusiastic with their teachers and classmates,” Mrs. Neville said. “We are very proud of them and wish them well in the future.”
Here’s how the monthly Washington Ways program works:
White tickets are awarded weekly for good behaviors and actions in the classroom. White ticket winners are honored with special recognition in their classroom at the end of each week and their names are announced every Monday morning.
Red tickets are presented to individuals for especially good behavior outside of classrooms, including in hallways, buses, the playground and cafeteria, etc. At the end of the month, the student in each class with the greatest number of red tickets is recognized with a special certificate. The names of the honorees are announced over Washington’s PA system.
Students are quite aware of the Washington Ways program and the reason it exists. They are happy to be recognized with a colorful ticket. They quickly give the ticket to their classroom teacher so a notation can be made and it can be credited to them. They love telling their parents about their recognition, too.
Entire classes can earn blue tickets for positive group behavior outside of the classroom. Blue tickets are also awarded to the two classes within the building with the most tickets overall.