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BCMS April Character Lunch

Filed in Archive, BCMS, Student Spotlight by on April 12, 2019

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On Friday, April 12, more than three dozen middle school students were surprised to learn they were being treated to a special pizza lunch and a “Pit Party” after being selected by teachers for demonstrating one of the following character traits: Gratitude, Humility and Critical Thinking. The best part of the celebration? They each got to bring along a friend.

While the students at BCMS represent many positive characteristics, three times a year, as part of the school’s Character Education Program, students are honored for specific observed character traits outlined in the BCMS Pillars of Character. Each team nominates students who have demonstrated one of the highlighted character traits on a consistent basis.

Special thanks to Rotary Club of Delmar and the New York 529 College Savings Plan for their support of our Character Program at BCMS. Congratulations to our students!

Hudson House


Grade 6

  • Audrey Despres – Audrey is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She is grateful for not only the big things in life but also for all the small things and shows this every day.
  • Sean Donovan – Sean is a great student. He always thinks things through and makes good choices. He tries hard and always does his best.
  • Adam Griesbach – Adam is always willing to help out a neighbor. He is kind and caring and understands the importance of lending a hand.
  • Brian Lyda – Brian is modest and puts others before himself. He is a quiet young man who always tries to do the right thing.
  • Clare Megahey – Clare is an excellent student. She works well in groups, making sure every team member’s voice is heard. She works hard and always does her best.
  • Ellie Pokabla – Ellie always listens to all sides of a situation in order to make an informed decision. She also realizes that it is okay to change her mind when the evidence tells her it is the right thing to do.
  • Phinnaeus Ruggiero – Phinn always takes the high road. He is able to make good choices when placed in difficult situations.
  • Madeline Ward – Maddy is a team player. She makes sure everyone in her group understands the task and is working towards the goal.

Grade 7

  • Cemre Ayar – Cemre is a quiet force in the classroom. She always does her best, but she never calls attention to her successes. She just takes them and keeps on working away.
  • Eleanor Benzing – Ellie is an extremely modest person. She is a hard worker who demonstrates a lot of talent, but she lets her accomplishments speak for themselves.
  • John (Jack) Gregory – Jack is able to think critically about a number of different topics. He sometimes uses it for serious inquiry and other times as humor. His willingness to share his thoughts helps his peers to better understand and enjoy the subject matter.
  • Zachary Novak – Zach has so many qualities that make him stand out, and his ability to see the good in his peers and even some of our not so favorite activities is impressive. He approaches every situation with a smile and his best effort.
  • Rurika Suzuki – Rue is an inquisitive student. She asks great questions that show a deeper understanding of the subject matter. When presented with new material, she is quick to add it to her previous understanding, think about it thoroughly, and make advanced inferences.

Grade 8

  • Caden Bernardo – Caden is a quiet leader in school and other activities. He excels in all areas.
  • Isabelle Brand – Isabelle is a bubbly personality who is very active in school activities. She is a quiet leader who is always willing to help others.
  • Charles Labarge – Charlie is always thinking about the hard questions, and he is self-reflective and self-motivated.
  • Patricia Stephens-Burchette – She is a leader who gives of herself. She is always helping others and volunteering.

Mohawk House


Grade 6

  • Ariel Chen – During group work, Ariel listens to other people’s ideas and is willing to consider everyone’s input.
  • Katherine Reynolds – Katie works hard and does well but is modest and lets her accomplishments speak for themselves.
  • Thomas Seedhom – Thomas has a positive attitude and shows appreciation throughout his day. He takes the time to express thanks to others.

Grade 7

  • Vincent Blendell – Vinny does not seek the spotlight, and he lets his accomplishments speak for themselves. He is a very capable young man. Vinny is always humble and willing to help others.
  • Aaron Buckle – Aaron always listens to other students’ ideas and works well with his partners in class. He does not draw attention to his accomplishments. Other students recognize and value his modesty. His classmates appreciate his input and know that he is an excellent student.
  • Abigail Proper – Abby always appreciates the good things that happen and is a positive, friendly person. She thanks her teachers on her way out of class every day and asks for help when needed.
  • Ryan Sood – Ryan works well with others in class. He looks at all sides of a situation and listens to other people’s ideas. Ryan is a very intelligent young man and is a great role model for others.
  • Lucy Thomas – Lucy does not seek the spotlight and puts others before herself. She is a very nice and considerate person. Lucy’s teachers also feel she is a very responsible student.
  • Dakota Weyant – Dakota never seeks attention, and she puts others before herself. She is a very sweet, considerate person. Dakota works well with other students and is always positive.

Grade 8

  • Benjamin Berin – Ben is smart, hard-working, and kind. He is a terrific part of Mohawk 8!
  • Owen Karmel – Owen is a very smart student who has excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Jenna Libutti – Jenna is a modest and humble student who puts others first. The Mohawk House is proud of her!
  • Jake McKinley – Jake is very smart and asks great questions. He has great critical thinking skills.
  • Nora Murphy – Nora always shows appreciation and is kind. She is just terrific!
  • Madison Mutziger  – Madison is a well-rounded student. She is kind and never treats anyone with disrespect. We are so glad she is a part of Mohawk 8!
  • William Wu – William is so smart but never brags and is always humble. His critical thinking skills are extraordinary!

 

Patroon House


Grade 6

  • Lauren Dudgeon – Lauren demonstrates gratitude each day. She appreciates the time and effort her teachers put forth to support her daily. She is often observed expressing this gratitude with a “thank you.”
  • Kaylee McAllister – Kaylee demonstrates humility each day. She works hard and is kind to others but does not do so to be in the spotlight.
  • Trey Puccio – Trey demonstrates critical thinking each day. He not only works hard but when working with others, offers new ideas and insights to conquer the task.

Grade 7

  • Alyssa Bickerstaff – Alyssa is often quiet in class, but she always puts forth a good effort and shows empathy towards other students in the class.
  • Emma Blanchard – Emma is usually fairly quiet in class, but she is a hard worker and a good student and is always polite and kind to her peers.
  • Sean Novak – Sean is an active participant in all of his classes, often asking insightful questions, which show that he is considering information carefully and critically.
  • Jordan Rivas – Jordan has been putting forth a great deal of effort in all of his classes recently. This attitude and effort has been noted and appreciated by all of his teachers. We hope Jordan continues these efforts so that he may become as successful as we know he can be.

Grade 8

  • Sydney Lena – Sydney has very thoughtful responses and a special ability to analyze information.
  • Benjamin Morris – Ben shows great gratitude when teachers give him help.
  • Connor Reilly – Connor encourages all students to do their best.