Week 32

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of June 3, 2019

Mohammed S.


Downsview, for the week of June 3rd, 2019, your Student of the Week is Mohammed S., best known to his friends as Basir. Basir is in the ninth grade.

At this time of year, amidst the crazy busy-ness of culminating activities and exam preparation, it’s worthwhile to take a moment and to reflect. What made your year work well? What do you need to improve on? Who do you want to be as a DSS student come September?

Some of the qualities embodied by Basir will stand out to you as qualities you would like to adopt or enhance in yourself. Hear this, from Basir’s teacher, Ms Walker: “Basir is brand new to DSS this year. When I think of Basir I think of consistency and curiosity. He is consistent in his efforts in class: he always gives full attention to the teacher, assists peers and works to the best of his ability. He is never late, and has rarely missed any school. When he is not at my door in the morning fifteen minutes before class, I have to wonder if I have mistakenly come to school on a Saturday!

He is endlessly curious, asking questions that get us thinking. Basir has grown considerably this year, becoming more independent and confident in his studies, extra-curricular activities, and in developing new friendships. Basir will graduate from my English class this year, and move on and up to the next level---a great achievement for him. He is a role model for any newcomer to follow, and a big reason I get out of bed in the morning. I have never seen him without a smile and a kind word. He makes me and the class laugh with his quick wit, and we know we can depend on his steadfast comradery. A path to follow...”

Basir, we could all take a page from your book. What you may not realize is that good citizenship as a student is contagious – the excellent attendance, the striving to improve, the growing involvement – others see this in you. You make it possible for them to follow your good lead.

Congratulations once again, Basir, on your win as Student of the Week.