VMMS was proud to honor our November Mustangs of the month. Every month, the VMMS staff is able to nominate staff and students from VMMS who exemplify the true character of a Mustang.
Below are the individuals who have been chosen and what others have written about them.
NOVEMBER MUSTANGS OF THE MONTH:
6th Grade Student Derek Demarest: Derek is a hard working, compassionate, grateful student who is excited to learn – excited to do well and appreciates all things around him in and out of the classroom.
7th Grade Student Sloane Kelly: Sloane is a hard working, kind student who is respectful to teachers and classmates. She puts maximum effort into all of her assignments. She also stepped into an unplanned homeroom representative opening without hesitation. She is responsible and a pleasure to have in class.
8th Grade Student Samantha Sei: Sam is an exceptional student and artist. Even though she is shy, every time I ask her to take a leadership role, she pushes herself outside her comfort zone to be a role model. For example, during the “Wrap Up Drugs” mummy contest, I asked her to brainstorm a pun for our mummy. She crafted a broom from scratch and designed it beautifully with her slogan. Additionally, she designed and led three other students for the Veteran’s Day door decorating contest. She went out of her way to make a list of the supplies the group needed, and dropped off the list to me ahead of time. She practices calligraphy in her free time and used this skill in her design. This took time, patience, and effort. I highly recommend her because she will truly appreciate the award.
VMMS Support Staff Members Stephanie Matteo: Stephanie has been a para for many years in the district. Throughout her years she has devoted herself to the Autism program here at VMMS. Her caring spirit and compassion to the students is 100%!!! Aside from para responsibilities she is also the para rep…Stephanie certainly deserves to be recognized as support staff of the month!!!!!
VMMS Staff Member Patty Griggs: Patty is always looking out for what is best for the students. She works well beyond regular work hours trying to come up with solutions to help struggling students. When asked to teach something she has never done before she reached out to her colleagues for help and then came up with an engaging lesson that had a major impact on her students comprehension. I had the privilege of sitting in on one of her classes and it was amazing watching the students eyes light up when she entered the room and then announced she would be teaching the lesson that day. They knew they would have someone in their corner, that the lesson would be fun, and that they would feel confident with the new strategy or skill they learned.