Week 19

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of April 6, 2021

Khaled B.


Downsview, for the week of April 6th, your Student of the Week is Khaled B.
Khaled is in the tenth grade at Downsview.

Student of the Week honours are character-based. In “normal” years, this translates to “character in action”. In other words, what school groups and teams does a student engage in that highlight their leadership and other fine qualities? This year, the focus is on character in action, in the classroom.

Given this focus, Khaled is an ideal recipient.

Let’s hear from his nominators. First, from Mr Ramnaraine: “I met Khaled in September as a brand new student to Downsview. He was so pleasant and respectful. Then in quad 2, I had the opportunity to teach Khaled in my Gr. 10 Africentric History class. I was and continue to be so impressed by his positive attitude, willingness to try new things and desire to be the best he can be. Khaled not only achieved the highest mark in the class, but he was also an amazingly positive role model for his peers. Khaled demonstrated such kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion to his peers. Way to go Khaled! Congratulations!”

And from his Civics teacher, Ms Maloney: “Khaled was a joy to have in class: fully engaged, asking questions and giving answers.  His thoughtfulness and courtesy do not go unmissed. Go get 'em Khaled!”

Finally, from Ms de Jersey: “Classroom dynamics are complicated. Any teacher will tell you that a lively, unified classroom is a gift, and sometimes one student plays a big part in creating that extra-positive space. Khaled is such a member of Careers class. His voice is thoughtful and intelligent, but always mindful of others. Khaled works diligently and hands in assignments of high quality. Notably, he is not exclusive in his efforts; he does not pull up the ladder of success behind him. Rather, he reaches out to others, and pulls them alongside him. Such is Khaled’s mature perspective; and such is his respect and passion for learning.”

We should all have such a glow within us. Khaled, you are human - you experience the ups and downs of life during a pandemic. With thought and reflection, though, you maintain a forward momentum that is most impressive. Khaled, Downsview is fortunate to have you. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.