Week 9

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of November 18, 2019

Helen T., Jusmyne B., Mary S. & Asher S.


Downsview, for the week of November 18th, we are thrilled to honour four students as Students of the Week. They are: Jusmyne B., Asher S., Mary S. and Helen T.
All students are in the tenth grade.

Their nomination stemmed from their leadership a couple of weeks ago, when we welcomed eighth grade students to our school for two days. Hear this, from Mr Syal: “I have had the pleasure of teaching these students for the past two years. They are part of the STEM program at Downsview. These students come to class prepared and ready to be challenged. Recently these students volunteered to help out with grade eight visits. I saw them in action and interacting with grade 8 students, making quite an impression on grade eight students and teachers. I am confident they will be leaders in the future and will represent our school with pride.”

Mr Phillips echoes Mr Syal’s sentiments and adds these words: “Mary, Helen, Asher and Jusmyne were all a tremendous help in my classroom during the grade eight open house. Each student worked with a group of grade eights and helped them with an experiment where students mixed test tubes of chemicals together. They all quickly learned how to prepare and assist the students as they mixed and examined various chemicals. The students then had mini-discussions around the observations the grade eight students made. When they were done with a particular group of grade eights they would immediately clean up all the test tubes and reload them for the next load. They grew into leaders before my eyes and took the initiative to do the job correctly and with efficiency!”

It seems that all four have impressed other staff members, too. Ms Piro notes that Mary is a “good, solid student, who loves to express herself through talk.” Ms Randhawa says that Jusmyne is “a very dedicated, hard-working students, who hands in all assignments. Her positive smile is a bonus to any classroom.” Ms de Jersey has observed Asher to be “a growing leader. At Forest Valley, he was an enthusiastic and engaged ambassador of our school.” And Ms Randhawa has commended Helen’s “jolly personality. Helen can be relied upon to brighten up any room. She helps her peers and is amazing at doing so!”

Helen, Asher, Jusmyne and Mary – you heard the praise here. Your positive and energetic leadership, displayed through your interactions with middle school students combines beautifully with your citizenship as DSS students. We are grateful, and we are thrilled to crown all four of you as our Students of the Week.