Adarys writes with an accomplished value for phrasing, word choice, depth, and technical precision. She engages literature with the inquisitive eye of an investigator searching for the truth of the experience represented in the text. Her insights are comprehensive and precise. Her ability to listen in a conversation is valuable because of how it enables her to support or challenge the conversation we have as a class.
It is a privilege to have such a great French speaker in a French 3 Honors class. Sarah is humble about what she knows, which makes her an outstanding and approachable student. She takes feedback well, and even though already fluent, she is always looking for ways to improve her spoken and written French. I appreciate her quiet nature and her thorough completion of any task. On a recent oral presentation, Sarah spoke about the painter and sculptor Edgar Degas. She spoke well and exceeded expectations. Great work this year, Sarah!
Carmela Carter is having a great first trimester in Principles of Environmental Science. Her base of biological and scientific understanding has enabled her to reach further into our content and class discussions. Carmela’s obvious interest in learning is contagious and inspiring. I am consistently impressed with her thoughtful comments and questions and I am very grateful to have her in class.
Lainie is an attentive and engaged student who organizes her time well and consistently manages her workload. She is willing to put forth additional effort outside of class to obtain a better understanding of the topics we study. Lainie is a pleasure to have in class. She is always smiling and willing to work with any of her classmates. As a result of the aforementioned attributes, particularly Laine’s ability to work with others, she has done very well in precalculus honors this year. Keep up the good work, Lainie!
Playing the organ requires one to coordinate the movement of four limbs at once. For the piece to sound good, the coordination and practice are musts. The same is true of work in Pro-Seminar. This fall, Gary has scoured the academic literature, searched databases for relevant primary sources, synthesized 20th Century Chinese history, and written and edited (and edited, and edited) historical context. As he practices and his sills sharpen, each element of the research paper process coordinates more with the others. While we have yet to achieve harmony, his commitment to practice and improvement ensures that his piece will ultimately be masterful. Well done, Gary.
Modern & Classical Languages & History Scholar Spotlight
Modern Languages Spotlight:
Curiosity, interest, and engagement define Izzy’s work and presence in the classroom. Her written narratives show dynamic integration and synthesis of ideas. Whether writing a reflection on a poem, or the value of indigenous language, her work is thoughtful, personal, and provocative. She sets high standards for her own personal performance and encourages her classmates to do the same. ¡Enhorabuena, Isa!
Izzy is a nuanced and sophisticated thinker. She is industrious, curious, and she is never afraid to ask questions. She loves to learn, and she pushes herself to engage with each reading. She comes to class eager to listen to her classmates, ask questions, and share her ideas. Her commentary always furthers discussions and raises the collective understanding of the class. Izzy is extremely personable and she possess deep reserves of empathy and compassion. She constantly seeks common ground with her peers and strives to understand points of view that differ with her. She is a master listener and a brilliant writer. Her early written work this trimester has been excellent. She writes with eloquence and sophistication and she always supports her arguments with specific historical evidence. It is with great pride and pleasure that I name Izzy Cheney as the recipient of the first-trimester scholar spotlight for Advanced Topics in Word History.
English Scholar Spotlight Hailey has had an exceptional trimester in English 2. From the first few days, she has shown an impressive ability to understand literary terms and implement them into her written analysis of short stories. In addition, she is always engaged in class discussions. She listens intently to her peers and contributes by synthesizing information, which furthers everyone’s understanding of our texts. Her insight has prompted others to engage more deeply with our work and consider multiple perspectives when reading and discussing literature. Great start, Hailey!
Chloe is an excellent language student. She consistently brings a successful mix of energy, diligence, and reflection to her work. Her pronunciation is precise, her grammar accurate, and her comprehension skills above average. Her enthusiasm is made apparent by impromptu dance moves during our daily song competition. She also quickly volunteered to take on a second penpal when the need arose. Thank you for your positive contributions to class so far this year!
Lauren is a student who tries to make the most of every challenge and because of her determination finds exciting results with her artwork. Her aesthetic abilities are diverse. She is equally comfortable taking a stunning photo, as she is crafting a wire sculpture or exhibiting her painting skills. She is committed to her own growth and is equally committed to sharing her knowledge with her peers. As she continues to find comfort with the risk involved in speaking up to share an insight or offer feedback, she is becoming a strong voice that helps other learners find their own.
Lauren’s intellectual curiosity and high standards have been evident since she walked into our English 1 classroom. She kicked off the year with a carefully organized and argued essay reflecting on the character development in her summer reading. Since then, Lauren has revealed herself to be deeply invested in the craft of writing, carefully selecting and ordering words to paint pictures of her “home” and refine her argumentation skills. In class discussions, she has far exceeded expectations, serving as one of our most regular contributors, asking insightful questions, and providing thoughtful analyses. Lauren’s passion for literature and composition is evident in how she engages daily with our work, and it bolsters the classroom experience for everyone.
Keana’s love of literature enables her ability to engage with our reading honestly and insightfully. She observes the lives of characters in literature carefully and can lead a discussion to an understanding of those lives. She writes with equal care and depth to illustrate the nuance and complexity of her thinking.
Language learners excel if they can learn to trust the process and engage themselves in all classroom activities. Dominique has been speaking French in class since day 1. Although never having studied any French before this year, it seems to come naturally to her. She makes the right connections and she is interested in all aspects of French culture. Dominique can work with anyone in class and often helps others in group or pair work. I cannot wait to see the progress that Dominique makes this year in French 1.
Will is an enthusiastic participant each day in class as he enjoys working and learning with his classmates. Will has demonstrated a strong command of the basic concepts in the first few chapters of calculus and enjoys the challenge of more difficult problems. He is a valued member of his team during group work and makes many strong contributions in class.
Maisy is an eager and hardworking student, always striving to do her best work. She is always excited to participate in class, whether it is through demonstrating a problem or helping a peer work through a challenging problem. Her insights and contributions help move the class forward and her positive energy is felt every day.
Although working as a junior in a senior elective, Skylar’s exceptional work ethic and curiosity have enabled an outstanding performance in Madness as a Saving Grace, as she explores the self-construction of identity and the creative value we all have for adapting to our social contexts. Sky’s commitment to the reading and to the conversation enables a cascade of insight into literature and most importantly into the understanding literature enables us to derive from extraordinary stories.
Modern & Classical Languages & Math Scholar Spotlight
Modern & Classical Languages Spotlight:
Aliyah took our language pledge—a promise to conduct herself solely in the target language during class time—during week one and has not looked back since. Regularly engaging her peers in conversation, Aliyah appears to be having fun with the challenge of immersion and is showing significant signs of growth. Always acting in ways that enhance the experience of her peers, Aliyah is a wonderful citizen of our class. Aliyah makes effective use of every minute of class she has available to her and I greatly look forward to her continued growth in this discipline. I congratulate her on a fantastic start to her Spanish career.
Energetic and eager to learn, Aliyah approaches each day with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. She can always be counted on for a thoroughly done assignment, a bright smile, and a helping hand if a classmate is having difficulty. Well done, Aliyah!
A careful, thoughtful reader, Liv pushes beyond the bounds of a text to reach a deeper understanding, bringing the rest of us along for the ride. She asks insightful questions; the kind of questions that will send us back to the text to reread a passage or realign our thinking. She’s a grammar expert, too. She recognizes and also produces clean, well-crafted syntax. Finally, she cares about the craft of writing, taking time to rethink and to revise her work. Well done, Liv!
Curiosity is central to Jennie Ki’s success in Modern World History. She is a genuine academic who loves to learn and brings her best to each class. She pushes herself to engage with each reading and she comes to class eager to listen to her classmates, ask questions, and contribute to our class discussions. A gifted young writer, Jennie also works tirelessly to improve her craft challenger to produce her best work on both her formal and informal writing. She is constantly questioning and seeking to understand points of view other than her own. For her love of learning, her tireless work ethic, and her passion for the highest standards of academics, I am honored to name Jennie Ki as the recipient of the first-trimester scholar spotlight for Modern Word History.
Regan is a student, in the literal sense of the word. She is engaged and organized. Regan takes the time to carefully and thoroughly complete her work. When given a week to complete an assignment like a lab report, she ensures every “i” is dotted and “t” is crossed (admittedly easier on a word-processed document). The result is that a persnickety chemistry teacher has a hard time finding any flaws in her submissions. Regan sets the pace in her chemistry class and serves as an exceptional role model for her classmates.
If Jared were a soldier in ancient China, General Sun Tzu would describe him as having energy akin to “the bursting of pent-up waters into a chasm a thousand fathoms deep.” Calm and reserved in the first couple weeks of History of Warfare, Jared released his enthusiasm once we moved into the assessment phase of the course. With incredible consistency, Jared proves his mastery of the material with each quiz, test, and essay. In fact, his momentum continues to build as we move into longer and more critical writing exercises. It is not unusual for Jared to ask questions after class; not because he is confused by the expectations of an assignment, but rather because he wants to know how he might exceed those expectations.
Menasha is always ready for the next challenge and she strives each day for her “personal best.” She recognizes the power of words, written and spoken. Her written narratives are a pleasure to read; her contributions to class discussions thoughtful. In paired work, she brings out the best in her partners or the members of her group. ¡Enhorabuena, Menasha!
Rosella’s great gifts as a scholar, writer and historian are to train your eye and to help you, her reader, see the historical complexity that contextualizes a piece of art. Nothing for Rosella is simply pretty. Everything has a deeper meaning, a mediated reasoning, and a semiotic purpose. In Pro-Seminar she has begun to explain how the Carolingian Renaissance, Church politics, and Medival artisanship literally and figuratively shaped the reliquary essential to Christian worship between 800 and 1000 CE. Her historiographical analysis, determination to find excellent sources, and perceptiveness about authors’ intentions are noteworthy. Her willingness to radically critique her work demonstrates her academic maturity. Well done, Rosella.
A thoughtful, engaged contributor to class discussions, Griffith also shines in his writing. Whether he is penning a letter about his summer reading, or digging deeper into a modern-day hysteria, Griffith’s writing is original, concise, and grounded beautifully in the text. Great start, Griffith!
Yaya’s attention to detail and work ethic are extraordinary. Despite the accelerated pace of the AT Chemistry syllabus and the complexity of the material covered, Yaya’s work has been nearly flawless. Given that this is just one of four AP and AT classes Yaya is taking this year, it is a marvel that she can find the time to consistently produce such high-quality work. Yaya’s determination is only matched by her intuition. Whenever such talent is paired with an incredible drive, the results are a sight to behold.
Christopher has a rare value for the impact of language, word choice, phrasing, and composition. His willingness to work through the quagmire of unrefined expression in order to give it the strength of conviction, of clarity, of depth that good writing can project illustrates the kind of work ethic and care that all writers embrace in taking command of their writing.
Connor’s excellent work habits, together with his passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, have proven to be a recipe for success in this rigorous course. Leaving no stone unturned, Connor submits work of the most detail-oriented, high-quality nature and asks questions in the same vein. When he’s unsure about something, Connor knows to find a solution—before, during, or after class. Having worked with him in Spanish 1 three falls ago, I am especially happy to be working with him today, as I can appreciate the progress he has made steadily over the years. ¡Enhorabuena, Connor!
Colton is a shining star in French 1. At the beginning of the year, he stated that he was interested in language learning. Already having studied Spanish, Colton makes the connections between the languages easily. One of the most vocal participants in class, he makes class fun. He appreciates the nuances of French culture and asks great questions that lead to more in-depth learning for his classmates. His maturity and goodwill towards others are greatly appreciated. Colton will excel this year because of his great attitude and his passion for learning a new language.
Jack’s obvious enthusiasm for peeling back the layers of a text distinguishes him in our English 4 classroom. He enters class with a contagious eagerness to learn, and he frequently raises the engagement and analytical prowess of our class. Jack worked assiduously to conquer the ofttimes impenetrable prose of Edgar Allan Poe, and these efforts primed him for success when we turned our attention to the Sherlock Holmes stories. As a true English scholar, Jack ruminates on our readings, and he often anticipates textual and contextual connections before we explore them as a class. Jack delights in thinking deeply about literature, so his elegant essays present nuanced arguments supported with impressive close readings.
A contemplative and methodical student, Jacob’s attention to detail enables him to thrive in the English 1 classroom. He works to fully comprehend the texts we read, taking diligent notes and analyzing readings on his own before we begin class discussions. Jacob’s determination to understand, rather than to simply read, produces insightful comments and essays. His writing is particularly impressive because he works to craft logical and supported arguments that explore the meaning that is found far beyond the surface level of texts. Jacob’s meticulous nature and his willingness to take intellectual risks elevate our English 1 classroom regularly.
Emily brings her A-game to French AP class every day. The way she raises her peers’ level of performance when working in pairs or group activity is especially appreciated. Emily speaks French exclusively. She will often send homework to review before the deadline. Emily has made learning French a priority - it is something that she pays attention to every day. Emily Mello has earned the scholar spotlight this trimester for being an excellent student with a positive work ethic, a genuine interest in learning and a commitment to always work to the best of her ability.
Joy makes Latin seem easy. During the fall term, she has demonstrated her ability to read voluminously, often choosing to read beyond the assigned lines of the Latin chapter readings so that she can finish the story on her own. Her facility with the language of the ancient Romans appears to be effortless and blends well with her enjoyment of their culture and history. She has proven to be adept at recognizing the connection between Latin roots and their English descendants. Keep up the good work, Joy!
Tessa took on the unenviable task of judging her peers’ debate on whether Jay Gatsby is great or not. To prepare for this role, she studied the pros and cons of each side, assiduously gathering evidence from the text to support either point. Because she knew both arguments so well, she was fair, impartial, and, above all, an expert. She brings the same careful inquiry to all her work in AP Language, always deepening our discussion. Well done, Tessa!
Saoirse has struck a perfect balance between work and play in Spanish 1, having realized that she can learn a great deal by engaging meaningfully and joyfully with both her peers and the course content. Whether she is arguing that dogs are superior to cats (which is wrong, of course) or translating some of her favorite English sayings into Spanish (“paz” comes to mind), Saoirse contributes to each class with vast amounts of positive energy. I congratulate her on a wonderful fall and greatly look forward to her continued progress.
Fiona’s careful consideration of ideas and language enables her principled analysis and insightful contributions to our learning team. She investigates our reading with genuine curiosity and empathy for the extraordinary circumstances the characters therein face. Her ability to pull a conversation back to its intended objectives has enabled our learning through large and small conversations alike.
A successful class needs a perfectionist, and an enthusiastic learner, and a good conversationalist. In a class of active students, Brian leads by example in all three categories. His classmates and teacher appreciate the love of learning and sense of humor that he demonstrates each day. Not least, Brian is a persistent asker of questions, demonstrating sincerity and genuine interest in the language and culture that we study. He regularly brings his own experience and knowledge of Asian cultures to the task at hand. He is on a promising path toward fluency in Chinese.
Natalie expressed her enthusiasm for History of Warfare on the very first day when she shared a connection between Sun Tzu’s Art of War and a relative who is serving in the military. Since then, Natalie has been nothing but excellent in her dissection of that ancient treatise and applying her understanding of course material in both historical and modern contexts. Her pages are full of notes and her oral contributions are both valuable and pressing. That said, what most earns Natalie a spot in the light is the fact that she works with her peers to achieve their own, full potential in this course. In Sun Tzu terms, Natalie is a master of “The Way.”
Natalie shows great interest in learning Calculus and enjoys working with her classmates each day. She does a great job of preparing for each class and demonstrates that she can have a lot of fun in class while still being productive. Her scores on the assessments show that she has a strong command of the content and is well-positioned for continued success in calculus for the rest of the year.
Eddie deserves the award for “Most Dedicated Student” in Marine Invertebrates this trimester. Not only is he a talented collector of marine organisms but he has devoted much of his free time this fall on their care. On a daily basis, Eddie is in the wet lab during his free block doting on his critters and maintaining a pristine tank environment. He has set an example as to what a thriving, biodiverse marine habitat should look like. Eddie’s passion for marine science is evident on a daily basis and his enthusiasm is infectious. I commend Eddie on his efforts this trimester and hope that he is proud of all that he has accomplished.
Discussion-based classes often depend on the leadership and initiative of one or two students. In Great Debates this trimester Brandon Sherman has been the locomotive driving the train. From day one he has been all in, playing a variety of roles in our class debates. Armed with an arsenal of statistics and expert opinions, he is a formidable opener. Brandon is skilled at articulating his major arguments in a clear and persuasive manner. He is also equally adept at closing a debate which depends on careful listening to the opposition’s points and then deconstructing them. What is remarkable about Brandon is that he is an excellent collaborator and succeeds in getting the most out of his teammates who respect and admire him. Congratulations, Brandon.
Since the first day of acting class, Pesto has thrown himself boldly into the work of performance. He is personally brave, often volunteering to be the first to try a new game or exercise in class. Once engaged in his work, he fully commits himself to the task at hand—even if it means moving out of his comfort zone. In doing so, he has set an example of fearlessness for his classmates. Pesto is an astute observer, and his insight and analysis of the people and the world around him help him create believable, empathetic characters. Along with his solid preparation for class, this has contributed to compelling in-class performances---imagine taking on characters as different as Justin Bieber and Charlie Brown! Kudos to Pesto for an excellent start to his theatrical career at Tabor.
Humble and hard-working, Ashley has consistently been at the head of her class in terms of preparation and performance. She can always be counted on for excellent insight when needed; yet, allows space for her classmates to shine as well. She is a wonderful student and is a joy to teach. Congrats, Ashley!
Kate is off to an excellent start in Precalculus. She shows great enthusiasm and interest in learning math and enjoys working with her classmates each day. Kate shows great patience when teaching things to her classmates and does it with great clarity and logic. As a result, she consistently displays a strong command of the topics during discussions and on the graded exercises.
As a new junior last year and a passionate artist, Taylor has been a focused and tenacious maker in the studio since she arrived at Tabor. This fall she came to school ready to take on big ideas and communicate about her own insights into pop and global culture. She has been exploring her personal viewpoints and intellectual perspectives on how “we” as a society “chew” on culture or how it chews on us. Her work is a gateway into her own values and her interpretation of how the world around us affects us. Keep your eye on the Braitmayer Gallery for work that will challenge your understanding of how culture and metaphor collide.
Jose’s careful preparation of each day’s assignment often puts him at the top of our assessments and performances of language learning. He wears this title lightly, showing curiosity for China’s culture and supporting his classmates when they struggle to understand meaning or express themselves clearly. He works steadily to improve his pronunciation, and he usually thinks in the target language, allowing for natural-sounding phrasing and expression. Jose’s humor and creativity add a welcome voice to the class, and his prospects for mastering the AP curriculum are bright.
In the first few weeks of the trimester, Tyler was cautious, waiting to be called on, trying hard to go unnoticed. Every day, though, he worked to improve his writing and speaking skills. Each day he strived to use Spanish as a communication tool. These days he is a ready volunteer. In group and paired work, he leads by example. ¡Enhorabuena, Tyler!
For the seriousness with which she engages in historical themes and debates, Catherine Terelak is well-deserving of the scholar spotlight in honors United States History. Whether it be through her engagement with historical arguments or her analysis of primary sources, Catherine consistently displays a clear passion for history and learning. In class, Catherine enriches our discussions with copious prior knowledge of history and helps her peers better understand topics ranging from slavery in early New England to constitutional crises of the 1790s. Furthermore, her writing displays her keen ability to transfer her knowledge into well-articulated arguments. We look forward to watching Catherine continue to excel as an historian both this year and beyond. Keep up the fantastic work, Catherine,
From the first week of the school year, Caroline has been a valuable contributor to Advanced Topics in US History. From her passionate argument regarding the existence of statues celebrating Confederate generals (especially important given her extended time living in Texas) to her love of “Hamilton: An American Musical” to her expert analysis of the unusual connections between various events of the Age of Jackson, Caroline is always on target and uses every primary source, secondary source, historical opinion — and even song lyric — to make her points. When something complicated emerges during class discussion or a paper-prep class, Caroline always steps up to help us all see what she does. Her classmates genuinely appreciate the way she makes even the most complex issues seem more manageable, and her sense of humor and enthusiasm is appreciated by all. It has been a great pleasure to have Caroline in class this year and we all look forward to her continued growth as a historian this winter.
Mastering the content, producing well-written and articulate research journal entries, and quickly becoming proficient with the sampling techniques, Amelia deserves the focus of the academic spotlight for her remarkable efforts in Oceanography. This young lady is completely adept when using new sampling apparatus to collect significant data. Amelia is focused and cognizant when collecting data. She is also one of the first to jump into a new procedure, always assisting her classmates to elevate their endeavors. In the classroom, Amelia formulates clear and thoughtful responses when engaging in topics we are discussing. She enriches our Oceanographic academic environment.
Jerry is an attentive and engaged student who is quick to draw connections between topics we study. He is a self-serving student; a skill that will prove beneficial as he navigates through his academic and professional careers. Jerry is also a pleasure to have in class. He is always smiling and willing to work with any of his classmates and work to understand their approach to solving a problem. As a result of the aforementioned attributes and his high mathematical aptitude, Jerry has done very well in precalculus honors this year. Keep up the good work, Jerry!
Matt has been a star in the Electrical Engineering classroom this fall. He quickly picked up on the concepts and is mastering the skills of soldering, wiring, and programming. Matt has embraced the Tabor Maker mission; he puts his all into each of his projects, first to get them done, and, once done, to make them better. Matt is eager to learn new skills and then to share them with others. He took charge during the fall open house to help prospective students and their families see what it was like to work and learn in the MakerLab. I look forward to seeing the results of his efforts on in-class and outside-of-class projects. Keep it up, Matt!
Jerry is demonstrating excellent work in Latin 3 Honors. After finishing Latin 1 last year, he decided to take a summer course, essentially learning all of the Latin 2 curriculum in July and August. Upon his return to Tabor this fall, he enrolled in the Latin 3 Honors course and has exhibited excellence in all areas: translation, grammar comprehension, assessment performance, etc. He has also dominated the local Gimkit circuit with his awareness of Latin grammar and Roman trivia. His leadership has been exemplary for the other students. Keep up the good work, Jerry!
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