Week 3

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of November 30, 2020

Jaylen S.


Downsview, for the week of November 30th, it is a pleasure to announce the recipient of Student of the Week honours. Jaylen S., of the tenth grade, is our winner.

These are strange, challenging times. CoVid-19 has changed the way we live. We have all had to adapt. Reasonably, many students say that their energy and drive have suffered. Others, though, have found ways to remain motivated, and even to “up their game”. 

Let’s hear from Mr Wallace about one of these students: “So many of us have found the changes to school because of the pandemic far from ideal. In the spring, many students spoke about how unmotivated they were, how they drifted. Jaylen freely admits he was one of those. School was a game to survive. Jaylen had a choice when he returned to school in September, continue to drift, continue not to take school seriously, continue to approach his education with cynicism, or follow a different path. Jaylen chose the second way. He would be the first to admit that old habits returned for a bit this quad, but they were not as strong as the determination to take school seriously. Jaylen has pushed himself to honour his academic gifts, to build strong habits, and to be a contributor to the school community. His choices show he knows what it takes to keep all doors open when it comes to his future. Jaylen knows you don't have to be perfect; you just need to keep pushing forward with a positive approach.”

Jaylen, your strong performance in the first quadmester is clearly the result of a deliberate, focussed approach on your part. Flexibility and an ability to embrace the weird times rather than resist them is key to progress - you know this and you have demonstrated this. Congratulations once again, Jaylen, on your win as Student of the Week.