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West Hill Students Receive Superintendent's Award

On January 21, 2016, West Hill fifth graders Toriana Grooms and Robert Gwara received the CAPSS Superintendent's Award. The award is given annually to a boy and a girl in the highest grade in the school. Recipients of the award must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and outstanding character to be considered.

In addition to her academic excellence, Toriana participates in a number of extracurricular activities. Outside of school she is a member of a swim team and is taking piano lessons. Toriana has participated in West Hill's strings program for the past three years. She has participated in Junior Great Books in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade as well as West Hill’s Invention Convention. This year she has volunteered to participate in Curtain Call Collaborators, an inclusionary theater program, which requires weekly after school rehearsals throughout the winter. And if all this wasn’t enough, each day at dismissal Toriana is “on duty” as a member of our Safety Patrol, calling the numbers of the buses as they arrive.

Robert, who is also meeting with great success in the classroom, continuously demonstrates excellent leadership qualities and a true love of learning. West Hill School’s Student of the Month back in October, Robert consistently exceeds expectations in the classroom. He completes assignments with quality in mind and takes control of his own learning. He is motivated, loves to learn, and is a good role model for his peers. His leadership is evident in the classroom each day, as he takes an active role in small group and whole class discussions, and listens to his peers with respect and thoughtfulness.

During dismissal, Robert serves as a role model and helper for kindergarten students, ensuring they are in the right bus line and are following the school rules. Equally important, he was elected by his peers to be the class representative for West Hill’s Student Council, demonstrating his leadership ability and positive relationship with his classmates. On top of this, he also plays the trumpet, participates in baseball and basketball, and attends Polish School on the weekends. He is able to balance all of these activities and school with a positive attitude and incredible success.

Some of his favorite things include swimming in the summer and playing video games. His favorite subject is mathematics and he would like to be a cardiologist when he grows up. When asked who his role models are, he said his brother and sister because of the accomplishments they have made.

On behalf of the fifth grade teachers, and the entire West Hill staff, we wholeheartedly congratulate Torianna and Robert on this very special accomplishment.

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TIC: Carl speaking with students
TIC: Carl gives school an "A"