Students Recognized for Classroom Achievements

June 13, 2017

cognitiveRecognition and award ceremonies are a mainstay at most schools as the academic year comes to close, and like its counterparts in the community, The Barry Robinson Center School holds a similar event. But what sets The Barry Robinson School apart is its teachers’ determination to look for accomplishments and positive attributes in EVERY student.

On Friday, June 9, The School held its annual end-of-year ceremony, and the affirmations rang out in the chapel as each student received a certificate signifying their accomplishments in class.

“We want to recognize the great job that you have done this year, “ said CEO Rob McCartney. “I’m always impressed when I walk around The School and see all of the cool things you are get to do.”

“Handwriting Star,” “Amazing Artist,” “Ray of Sunshine,” “Queen of Kindness,” “Best Scientific Researcher,” “Awesome Problem Solver,” “Super Story Writer,” and “Most Voracious Reader” were among the accolades received by children in elementary, middle and high school grades. Students received recognition for academic achievement, sportsmanship, manners and positive personality traits.

In his opening remarks, McCartney also noted his admiration for The School’s teachers and staff.
“We have a phenomenal, dedicated group of teachers,” he said. “They could choose to work other places, but they choose to work here with our kids, and I’m so grateful for them.”

Interspersed among the recognitions were musical performances, led by The School’s music therapist, Stephanie King. Through voices and instruments, including guitar, piano, hand bells and drums, students of several age levels shared music for their fellow students, staff, families and other guests.

“Music expresses what words cannot,” King said. “Each of us can probably name a ‘special song’ that expresses what we sometimes can’t.”

Another highlight of the ceremony was special recognition for two high school graduates – only the third time in the past quarter-century that The School’s recognition event has included graduates. The graduates marched in their home high schools’ regalia, and Education Director Cindy Mills shared their academic achievements and college plans with the audience.

Although Friday’s ceremony marked the end of the academic year, the learning continues as students begin summer enrichment activities later this week.

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