Rye Lake Middle School Students Commended for Progress as the Prepare for High School
In a recent ceremony, Rye Lake Campus Middle School celebrated two Southern Westchester BOCES students who are moving up to ninth grade and recognized others in the middle school for their successes during the year.
Rye Lake Middle School/High School Principal Scott Kaufman and teacher Doreen Sheldon noted at the June 20 graduation how much progress Leslie Rodriguez of Brewster and Justine DeJesus of Tarrytown have made as they prepare to enter Rye Lake High School this fall.
“The high school is a whole different game, a whole different bag of responsibilities,” Mr. Kaufman said. “But I think that watching you grow up this year, you’re ready for that responsibility. I’m excited for you, to watch you grow further and throughout high school.”
Ms. Sheldon and other staff members highlighted the hard work and breakthroughs of other Rye Lake Middle School students, including Gina DeGaetano, Ember Baez, Jean Carlos Rivera, Joshua Tryon and Kenney Harris.
“This class, this year, has shown the most growth of any middle school class that I have ever worked with,” Mr. Kaufman said. “Each one of you I’ve had an interaction with, every time you’ve walked away more mature, more responsible and ready to take on challenges.”
Ms. Sheldon lauded students for areas they excelled in during the year and described what staff members hope the children achieve in the coming years. Leslie received the award for the most improved attitude throughout the year. “Our hope is that you continue to stand on your own two feet, not anybody else’s, but your own and you become a leader downstairs (in the high school),” Ms. Sheldon said.
Leslie said she is excited and looking forward to high school. Initially, she wanted to return to her home district, but “I kind of want to stay here.”
Justine was recognized for excellence in journal writing and being open and honest with her writing, no matter the topic. “Our hope is that you allow staff to help you get through difficult situations,” Ms. Sheldon said.
Justine said she is also looking forward to Rye Lake High School. In addition to her goal of playing on a football team, “I hope that my behavior will change, that I will control my anger and that I will become a better reader and writer,” she said.
Other awards the students received were:
- Gina – Greatest improvement in socialization, with the hope that she speaks more and continues to express herself.
- Kenney – Most improved behavior of everybody in the program, with the hope that he continues to excel in accepting new people and situations.
- Josh – Outstanding behavior for the whole year, with the hope that he is able to use his voice to tell others when they are bothering him so his anger doesn’t build.
- Jean Carlos – Most improved in trusting others, with the hope that he has the right behavior, is happier and allows staff to teach him.
- Ember – Recognized for always trying to complete her work to the best of her ability, with the hope that she keeps her guard down and establishes relationships with peers.