Week 10 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
November 27, 2023

Dalya A.


Downsview, for the week of November 20th, your Student of the Week is Dalya A.
Dalya is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

Folks have a lot to say about this marvelous young woman, so let’s get right to the praise. First, from Mr Phillips: “Dalya is a hard-working and dedicated student who never ceases to amaze me. She has been in two of my chemistry classes and though she has only been learning English for a short time, she has excelled in what most consider a very difficult subject. Dalya has mastered the weird and wonderful vocabulary of chemistry and all the ridiculous calculations that go along with it! It has been a treat to teach her in my class and I know that she is going to be a success in anything she puts her mind to! Congrats Dalya!”

Ms Silvana recalls that “when Dalya was campaigning for a position on the Student Council, she visited our DD students in their classrooms, promising that their needs and desires would be included in future plans. This was so thoughtful and equity-minded!” Ms de Jersey adds: “this is how I see Dalya: a mindful observer, she is willing to do the work needed to move thought into action. And, she understands karma. A couple of years ago, Dalya received support from a peer tutor. Now, she enjoys a role as a peer tutor. Dalya is mindful, and she lives with her eyes wide open. I appreciate you, Dalya.”

Student teacher Ms Dinally says: “Dalya, you were a pleasure to have as a student during my six weeks as a student teacher at Downsview. You brought great energy and ideas into our classroom as well as the downsview community. I know you will be successful with whatever you choose to do. Congratulations and keep up the great work!”

Hear this, from Ms Lee: “Although I've never taught Dalya, I know her through her involvement in the Sisterhood, other extracurriculars and our interactions in the halls. I see her interacting with peers - supporting them both academically and as a friend. Dalya's friendly and positive attitude ensures that gatherings at the Sisterhood are enjoyable. Her presence helps to create a fun and pleasant atmosphere that we truly appreciate. Congratulations, Dalya!”

Ms Persaud has this to say: “Dalya is a kind, helpful and organized student. Although I have not had the pleasure of teaching Dalya, I have worked with her in a variety of capacities and I am always so proud of all of her efforts. Thank you Dayla for your support of our newcomers and your ongoing willingness to offer your services to your peers. Congratulations on earning Student of the Week!”

Hear this, from Ms Piro: “Dalya is a very polite young girl with clear ideas and goals for her future. Dalya approaches new learning with a very positive attitude and tries her best to perform well. Dalya gave a great contribution at the Tools of Possibility conference by guiding grade 8 students on how to code using Python. Dalya is eloquent, confident and a strong public speaker. I wish her the best of luck in her future career in healthcare.”

And finally, from Ms Pal: “Dalya has been an active member of the Sisterhood and this is her 3rd year as a loyal participant.  She has amazing leadership qualities.  She not only dedicates her time, & knowledge to help various causes, she also has a welcoming, warm personality and is so willing to provide support to others.  There is no doubt that Dalya has a bright future ahead of her.  It is always a pleasure to work with Dalya and Sisterhood is so fortunate to have her as a member!”

Dalya, you heard it here. Warm, kind, involved, inclusive, smart, thoughtful - this is who you are, and we are lucky to have you here at Downsview. Congratulations once again on earning the title: Student of the Week.