January: Tolerance and Acceptance
BIG SKY – As part of its Student of the Month/Terrific Kids of the Month program, the Big Sky School District honored four students in October for their ability to show respect to classmates and teachers.
Teachers choose two “terrific kids” from kindergarten through fifth grades and two “students of the month” in middle and high school, recognizing them based on a different theme every month.
An announcement is made over the intercom, and the students are called into the office to be congratulated. In addition, the k-5 honorees are rewarded with a burger from The Corral, and the chosen middle and high school students get pizza from Blue Moon Bakery.
K-2 Terrific Kid of the Month – Second grader Marlee Finn
Marlee Finn is always standing up for her fellow students and is an advocate of fair treatment for all. As an active member of the Buddy Bunch, she ensures that nobody gets left out of any activity she is involved in, and is willing to accommodate for all of her peers regardless of differences. Marlee takes every opportunity to learn from others, and always goes out of her way to be kind to all students and teachers. Thank you Marlee, for setting the bar so high when it comes to the treatment of our fellow human beings.
3-5 Terrific Kid – Third grader Logan Barker
Logan Barker is a strong advocate among peers for equal treatment of all. She demonstrates this with her active involvement with the Buddy Bunch and No-Bullying Club here at school, as well as her support of peers in the classroom. Logan always offers encouragement to her peers, works well with everyone regardless of differences, and is always willing to help a struggling friend in need. Logan accepts that not all students are the same, and rather embraces it as an opportunity to learn differently with others. Thank you Logan for being such a strong role model for us all, and someone from which we can truly learn the meaning of being a humanitarian.
Ophir Middle School Student of the Month – Sixth grader Nolan Schumacher
Nolan Schumacher has achieved this goal as the middle school’s choice for a student best demonstrating tolerance. Helen Keller wrote, “The highest result of education is tolerance.” Always accepting of his classmates’ differences, easy-going Nolan shows tolerance daily. He is a fair, kind, and optimistic student. What a great model for his middle school peers!
Lone Peak High School Student of the Month – 10th grade student Steven Meyers
Steven Meyers is an gift for acceptance and tolerance. He has a kind word or friendly smile for everyone. In the classroom, he is a willing listener and an open-minded thinker. Out in the world, he works well with others old or young. It is for these reasons that Steven is the LPHS student of the month for the characteristic of acceptance.