Respectful, responsible student sensitive toward others Skylar Berlin is known at Roguewood Elementary as a confident and resilient student who has a wonderful sense of humor. She is the daughter of Kathy and Joe Berlin. Her teachers describe Skylar as a respectful, responsible and caring student who is honest and sensitive to the feelings of others. She is very competitive, yet demonstrates good sportsmanship when she doesn’t win. She is extremely focused and on task when it comes to just about anything-athletics, hobbies, studies and her desire to do her best. Skylar has an iron will and a calm determination to accomplish goals. She is also caring and concerned about all creatures, from her pets-a cat and dog-to the smallest bugs. She has been known to rescue insects, worms and other creatures by moving them from harm’s way. A personal confidence and strong desire to do the right thing, Skylar is focused, organized and completes any project she starts. She is mature beyond her years and many skills come to her very naturally. Her determination is a strength that leads her to prepare well for competitive events such as Jump Rope for Heart, which she won two years in a row by diligent practice. She won the hustle award at basketball camp in summer of 2008 and first place in gymnastics with the best cartwheel and round-off. Skylar excels in all she attempts and she is very active, participating in basketball, softball, dance and running in the Roguewood mileage club. She began water-skiing and was a natural. Other hobbies include rollerblading, bocce ball, four-square and swimming. Skylar’s determination toward success, plus a caring sensitivity to others and natural tender heart make her an Example in Excellence at Roguewood Elementary.
Examples in Excellence
Leadership and sensitivity strong in self-motivated student Natalie Carlson is the daughter of Chris and Staci Carlson and sister to Kori and Andrew. At Crestwood Elementary, teachers and staff are quick to point out that Natalie is extremely self-motivated and a strong leader who demonstrates kindness and warmth on a daily basis. Natalie is a creative and intelligent person who always has a smile on her face. According to her teachers, “Natalie notices other students who are in need and seeks out and develops friendships with those who might not have a friend.” A wonderful role model, Natalie leads others in a positive way without being bossy. “She is kind and considerate to every student in our class.” True to nature, Natalie stepped up as a leader against bullying in her Girl Scout troop. She shows a level of patience that is beyond her years and has a knack for encouraging others to participate when they might not otherwise do so. Teachers say Natalie’s motivation comes from a strong motivation to gain a high level of achievement. This determination is coupled with her belief in caring for others and belief in the importance of being a good person. She is outgoing, friendly, and an independent thinker who radiates positive energy. In addition to her motivating personality, Natalie is consistently in the top of her grade academically and has been invited to participate in the 2009 People World Leadership Forum. She also received the Leadership award at Springhill Camp two years in a row. An avid reader, Natalie also loves to wakeboard and plays basketball for the Rockford Community Education as well as AAU. She enjoys playing the piano and has been a Girl Scout for four years. For her leadership ability, her high goals of achieve-ment and her ability to sense and reach out to the needs of others, Natalie is Crestwood Elementary’s 2009 Example in Excellence.
Student ‘a great questioner with uplifting personality’ John Hammer, age 11, is the son of Tom and Lynn Hammer and brother to three little sisters, Maggie, Natalie and Dana. At Meadow Ridge Elementary, John is recognized for being a kind, thoughtful and reliable student. He is a hardworking boy who is quick to offer assistance to others, inside the classroom or out. John is a lunchroom helper at his school two days a week. He helps younger students get their hot lunches as well as offers assistance to lunch room servers. Teachers say John always has a smile on his face and is very curious about what’s going on in his classroom as well as the world around him. He is a great questioner who often wonders and asks “why?” of situations he doesn’t understand. He wants to get to the bottom of problems and persists until he finds an acceptable reason or answer. John has a positive attitude, an uplifting personality and a desire to help others. These qualities lead his teachers to believe he will be a person who will do all he can to make the world a better place. Teachers at Meadow Ridge say, “John seems to work from an inner drive, desires to really understand what he is learning, and does his personal best in all he attempts.” This versatile student has taken piano lessons since he was in first grade. He helped start summer book clubs for his classmates the last two summers, and has a new hobby of collecting business cards. When asked what prompted him to start the unusual hobby, he said, “If I want to look something up, I’ll know where to go.” He has also played soccer since kindergarten and currently plays for the Soccer Club of Rockford. He is involved with his church, Blythefield Hills Baptist, where his favorite activities include Wild Wednesdays and Virtual City. John tries to live out his faith not only on Sunday but every day of the week, at home and at school. His curiosity, tenacity and uplifting personality make him a wonderful Example in Excellence at Meadow Ridge Elementary. Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making A Difference is an annual project created by partnership between Rockford Public Schools, […]