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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month for January 2016

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on January 26, 2016.  Students are pictured (front row, from left) Joaquin Rincon Berroa, Douglas Heights Head Start; and Brennyn Braxton, Bethel Elementary School; (back row, from left) Cristian Zarate, F.L. Schlagle High School, and Leonard Jenkins, Argentine Middle School.

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Joaquin Rincon Berroa from the Douglas Heights Head Start site, Brennyn Braxton from Bethel Elementary, Leonard Jenkins from Argentine Middle School and Cristian Zarate from F.L. Schlagle High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools, at their January 26, 2016 board meeting.

EXPLANATION:

Joaquin Rincon Berroa, Pre-K
Douglas Heights Head Start Site
Nominated by: Travis Morlang, Teacher

“I would like to nominate Joaquin.  He is a preschooler that arrives at school with a smile on his face and is very friendly and helpful in the classroom.  He helps his friends put things away, not by doing it for them but by showing them how. During our recent study of buildings, after hearing the story “Building a House” by Byron Barton, Joaquin retold the story creating machinery with waffle blocks, utilizing small connecting people for the workers and a variety of blocks to building an octagon shaped house with a door and windows.  Joaquin is a curious and creative learner who deserves to be honored as the student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Travis Morlang, Teacher

Brennyn Braxton, 1st grade
Bethel Elementary School
Nominated by: Jessica Turner, Teacher

“Brennyn is always on task and works her hardest in all subjects.  She helps her classmates with a smile and is a great listener. Brennyn is a great example for our classroom and our school.  She always goes the extra mile!  When school began she wrote a book for the kindergarteners and had the teacher place it in the correct level in the classroom library.  It gave directions for how to behave and learn in Kindergarten.  She wrote an introduction, the reading level (A) and rules and procedures.  She is always positive and willing to strive for excellence.” 

Sincerely, 
Jessica Turner, First Grade Teacher

Leonard Jenkins, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: James Thompson, Teacher

“Leonard is a very hard working student that doesn’t back down from any challenge.  He takes pride in his schoolwork, and always perseveres.  Leonard has a great sense of humor and brightens everyone’s day! He shows great leadership by example.  Leonard works with students at Silver City Elementary who has disabilities through a program our class has set up.  He is excellent with these young students and it has inspired him to want to be a teacher in the future.  There is no better example of great attitude and hard work.  Thank you for selecting Leonard.” 

Sincerely,
James Thompson, Teacher

Cristian Zarate, 11th grade
F.L. Schlagle High School
Nominated by:  Raneka Truelove

“Cristian is amazing! He has a great balance between intelligence, humor and all around charisma (although it is often subtle).  One thing that I appreciate about Cristian is that he always asks, ‘Can I do more?’ To which I always respond, ‘Of course!’ He is one of the students that I can look to that keeps class discussions moving and critical thinking heightened because of his ability to think outside the box, apply insight, and engage his classmates. He keeps me on my toes….and I like it!  He is a joy to have in class. Thank you for considering Cristian Zarate for student of the month.” 

Sincerely,
Raneka Truelove, Teacher