The mission of the Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month is to acknowledge and reward students for exemplary performance. The students depict Tiger Techniques: Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort and Responsibility. Each month, the seventh and eighth grade teams collaborate and choose a male and female “Tiger of the Month” and the students receive personalized tiger water bottles from the PTO. November’s students of the month were Claire Hoelzel, Hugh Kaselak, Violet Cavanagh, and Ben Lewis.
Claire Hoelzel is a consistent and dedicated seventh grader who actively participates in class with an engaging and positive attitude. She is a creative and thoughtful writer and is a leader in class discussions. Her answers to questions are insightful and she is respectful towards her peers and teachers. Claire works hard as a member of the cross-country team and pushed herself to lower her times during the season. In addition to being an athlete, she is an amazing cellist and role model in the seventh-grade orchestra. She is consistently prepared for rehearsals and continues to improve upon her technique. Claire always has a positive attitude and is a pleasure to have in class.
Seventh grader Hugh Kaselak is a fantastic student who has done a great job preparing for class virtually. He always greets his teacher and class with a hello and positively engages with everyone while wearing a smile on his face. He is a pleasure to have in class and radiates a positive attitude that brings joy to his peers as well as staff members. Hugh has great input for the class and advocates for himself by asking questions when he needs to. A virtual classroom model can be a challenge, but Hugh goes above and beyond expectations, impressing teachers by how well he has adapted to this new learning method. Outside of class, Hugh is a member of the cross-country team where he says, “thank you” and “have a good evening” after every meet.
Eighth grader Violet Cavanagh is a happy and upbeat student in every situation. She is a leader in classroom discussions, projects, debates and activities. She brings joy to the classroom with an inclusive attitude and a “glass-half-full” perspective that brightens everyone around her. She comes to PLTW class as well as her other classes with a willingness to work and contribute to the lesson. Her participation during class is always on point.
Ben Lewis is an eighth grader who is a huge asset to the class and school as a whole. His preparation and focus allow him to notice subtle patterns and he is able to communicate his ideas clearly. He is kind and is a flexible student in a positive way. Ben’s work ethic is consistent, and he rarely misses a step or a due date. He works to ensure he never lets a group or team member down and you can count on him to get the job done with a smile.