Week 7 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
November 6, 2023

Jan Paula.


Downsview, for the week of November 6th, your Student of the Week is Jan Paula.
Jan Paula, also known as Jan and JP, is in the ninth grade at Downsview.

If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noted that this year’s Student of the Week award recipients have mostly been twelfth grade students. This happens most years, and it’s not surprising, when you think about it. Staff nominate students, and we know senior students a little better. But now, two months in, grade nine students are starting to make an impact. It’s a pleasure to honour Jan Paula, our first grade nine recipient this year.

JP’s nomination started with Ms de Jersey, who has this to say: “JP came out as a volunteer right as we opened the Breakfast Club doors back at the end of week one in September. Not everyone wants to rise early, and get right to work as they start the school day. JP has been wonderful - reliable, friendly, smart, intuitive and fun. She learned quickly, and she takes care of the space like it’s her own - and at this point, it is! JP makes it look easy, and handles surprises with curiosity and with grace. Also, she has taken on the truly gross job of cleaning the microwaves in the cafeteria. We are all grateful for this. Thanks, JP, I look forward to working alongside you every morning. Thank you.”

It looks like JP is transferring her strong work ethic and leadership into other spaces, too. Let’s hear from Ms Persaud: “I have the pleasure of teaching Jan Paula in gr. 9 English. She is a hard working, kind student. She is always punctual for class and produces quality work. Jan Paula, you are an exemplary student and I cannot wait to see all the amazing things you will do during your high school years! Congratulations on earning Student of the Week!”

Ms Broekhof adds: “Jan is in my geography class and is always one of the first people to finish assignments.  She is a leader in the class discussions and asks relevant questions.  She is definitely a leader in the making!”

And, from Mr do Carmo: “I have the enjoyment of having Jan Paula in my grade 9 Exploring Technologies course this semester. Her calm and polite demeanor makes her pleasant to be around. As for her school work, being able to follow directions and asking for clarification with tasks have led to excellent assignments from Jan Paula. I'm sure this is just the start of a very successful high school career. Keep it up J.P.”

JP, the word is in. You have launched your high school career on very good footing, and folks are noticing. Congratulations once again on earning the title: Student of the Week.