Week 19

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of February 20th, 2018

Jemila M.


Downsview, for the week of February 20th, 2018, your Student of the Week is Jemila M.
Jemila is in the twelfth grade; this is her graduating year.

It’s pretty corny to say that “Jem is a Gem”. She’s heard this a million times, to be sure, and she’s probably groaning inside as she hears this speech. But Jem, it’s true – you are a gem, a jewel, a shining beacon at our school. Just listen to these accolades, and you’ll know it’s true.

From Silvana, our Child and Youth Counsellor: “Jem is always full of smiles and ready to help . Her morning announcements help many be informed of what’s going on at school.  Thanks for all that you do for DSS, you are amazing!!”

From Ms Jubinville: “Jemila is fantastic!  She is enthusiastic, committed and inclusive.  She has been an active member of Downsview’s Band and Musical Theatre programs both in class and after school.  She is a pleasure to work with and is always willing to share ideas and ask questions.  Jem you are someone special, I'm sure you will achieve anything you set your mind to.”

Mr Wallace has this to say: “Jemila is a stalwart contributor at Downsview, a go-to person, someone who gets it done. And she never makes it about her; she is always giving praise for the contributions of others. As well, she understands that taking something seriously can also mean finding the joy, the fun, in the process. She has a strong sense of justice, of loyalty, and of caring. And, by the way, she is really, really talented. Exceptional!”

And more, from Ms D’Andrea: “Jemila is a creative mind. She has been instrumental in generating the theme and choreography for the Dance Company's tdsbCREATES piece this year. She is dedicated in rehearsals, helps others, and won't settle for the easy way out. Jem has grown as a dancer and leader over the past 4 years and I have witnessed her develop some amazing artistic skills. I'm so proud of Jemila and wish her all the best as she continues her semester here at DSS and the exciting things that will happen when she graduates!”

Mr Pasian rounds out the praise with this: “I taught Jemila in two mathematics courses.  In both courses she excelled by using her strong work ethic and perseverance.  Even though she is in extracurricular activities she balances them very well with her studies.  Jemila is polite and enthusiastic.  And like all Downsview students who work hard, she will excel and be successful in anything she chooses to pursue after high school.”

And there you have it. Involved, passionate, hard-working, creative, inclusive and caring. That’s Jemila. Jem, you deserve this high praise and you certainly deserve this, your third win as Student of the Week.