Principal Scott Oshrin with Southdown's Stars of the Month.

Southdown School Celebrates its Star Students

Principal Scott Oshrin with Southdown's Stars of the Month.

October 2, 2019

Southdown Primary School’s students, faculty and staff gathered in the gym one recent day for a Splash Award assembly.

Teacher Pamela Schwarting led the full-school assembly. “She spoke to the students about our expectations at Southdown,” Principal Scott Oshrin said. “Those expectations were explained in a clear and concise manner for the students to understand. At Southdown we pledge to always be safe, respectful and responsible. Several examples of appropriate behavior were shared.”

Southdown also honored its Stars of the Month with Splash Awards, which is only fitting since the school’s mascot is a dolphin. The youngsters were recognized for their overall effort and performance in classrooms and all around the building and grounds

September’s Splash Award recipients include:

Universal Pre-Kindergarten: Michael Distl; Kindergarten: Eve Kelly, Triana Lucero Aguilar, Iris Lopez, Torres, Roman Marquez, Megan McCarthy; First Grade: Piper Savatta, Don’te Parker Jr., Landon Pacifico-Czernieki, Numan Alvarado Interiano; Second Grade: Jeferson Lopez Sanchez, Abner Villeda Velasquez, Conor Kuhn; Third Grade: John Ramos Panameno, Shajini Kamalendran Jacqueline Guardado Mejia.

School nurse Kim Doyno was highlighted as Southdown’s staff Splash Award winner. “Nurse Kim is a steady hand when emergencies happen in the school,” Mr. Oshrin. “She is incredibly detail oriented and is known to go the extra mile for her colleagues in the school and fellow nurses throughout the district. I am incredibly lucky and thankful to have her as our nurse at Southdown. She will be rewarded with a prime parking spot right in front of the school for the month of October.”

Southdown’s campaign to promote “safe, respectful and responsible” behavior is in full swing. “Southdown faculty and staff started a new PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) committee,” Mr. Oshrin said. “They met over the summer to come up with common language across all classrooms and school settings to help encourage positive behavior. This committee of professionals meets on a regular basis to discuss student needs.”