Park View hands out Student of the Month awards
On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Park View Middle School cafeteria was packed not only with students but also with parents, siblings and friends who visited the school to celebrate the “Student of the Month” breakfast. To truly make it all about the children and their successes, not just in the classroom, the students are picked based on behavior, attitude and adherence to the school philosophy of “P.R.I.D.E.” P.R.I.D.E. stands for pride, respect, initiative, determination and etiquette. Former Principal Jay DeCristofaro started the Student of the Month program six years ago. Current Principal Joe Rotz shared how proud he is of the students. “For many of you, I have a long relationship. You started kindergarten with me at Chester Barrows. Now, we are both growing up. We are here to celebrate all of you today. These are the true leaders of our school; they have started the year off in a very positive way,” he said. Rotz, who has taken a position in Central Administration, said he plans to follow the group’s progress as they move through Cranston Public Schools. “I will be on that stage when you walk across getting your diplomas and graduating. I think that is pretty cool,” he said. To signify the importance of the designation, Park View sent out official invitations to families and guests were required to RSVP to the breakfast, which was catered by Sodexo. Guidance program supervisor Lesley Conley praised Maria Montalban, the guidance secretary, for coordinating the event. “She did all the grunt work, printed the certificates, sent out all the invitations…this never would have happened without her,” she said. Conley worked closely with team teachers and the Unified Arts instructors to select students who they felt encompassed the school values, students who may not make the honor roll but who stand out to teachers. “We really wanted to make this breakfast special for the students. It is so important for the parents and families to have an opportunity to come to school for positive things,” said Conley. There was a 95 percent turnout of families and an even higher percentage of students in attendance. In total, 54 awards were presented. Each student will have their picture on display in the school’s Hall of Flags in the main lobby until next quarter. “We hope this will be a good motivator for the other students. We are recognizing and awarding students on their achievements above and beyond just academics,” said Conley.