Lydia comes to class each day ready to explore and learn. She always asks questions that not only seek to understand the specific concept we're covering, but also go beyond the basics and focus on practical applications. She demonstrates a willingness to try various solutions, and works well with all those around her.
Enthusiastic, curious, thoughtful, and insightful, Cat is a stand out in a solid group of English 3 students. Not one to shy away from discussions, she participates by critically analyzing the literature. She tries to flesh out meaning, whether she is discussing the characters in “The Great Gatsby,” or trying to define the American Dream in small group activities. In turn, what she learns and shares with her peers helps them build on those ideas in class, enriching theirexperience. Amongher peers in class, she is a positive, compassionate presence and a role model for consistency and engagement; a sheer pleasure to have in class.
Angela does not skim the surface; she takes the deep dive. The questions she poses during class discussions enrich and enliven them. She is fierce in her defense of her own point of view; with grace and equanimity she acknowledges opinions which differ from hers. There is a poet-artist in her soul; one has only to read her composition “My País” to sense her pride and passion for her homeland.
The Advanced Topics in Chemistry course is pushing some of the top juniors and seniors in the school. The pace of the curriculum and the amount of work asked are demanding. For a sophomore to rise to the top and consistently post some of the highest scores in the class is truly impressive. Daniel’s intuition and problem-solving skills are unsurpassed. He drives beyond simple comprehension of the material and looks to truly master all of the concepts presented. His curiosity and determination push all of his classmates to keep pace, and it did not take long for his peers to forget that he is the youngest person in the room. It has been an impressive start to the year, and it will be fun to see what Daniel can accomplish in the months and years to come.
Math Scholar Spotlight
The students who are most focused on mathematics pass through BC Calculus at some point. All are among the strongest math students in the school. The best of these students truly enjoy studying the material covered in the syllabus, but the very best seek fluency in the language of mathematics and look to connect the topics covered here in a much broader web of mathematical understanding and are able to bring concepts learned outside of this course to bear on the material covered here. Daniel Chen’s understanding is as broad as any student to come through the course and his desire for fluency in this language is unmatched this year.
Jimmy leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of mastery of Chinese language and culture. He participates throughout the class, offering a stream of comments and responses that go well beyond the structure of each lesson. Living with his family in Shanghai for part of the year, he draws on his own experience to offer insights andconnect our lessons to therealities of life in China today. His laughter and enthusiasm for what we do inspire his classmates, and his written work and projects reveal a flair for design and clear communication. Great job, Jimmy!
Paul is an astute and articulate history student who demonstrates an ability to think on his feet, respond thoughtfully during discussions, and write a well-crafted essay. During discussions, Paul is clearly confident in his mastery of the material, able to connect the past with the present and see the relevance of historical issues in his life today. His classmates look to him for leadership and he provides it--leading conversations and providing context when needed. As a writer, Paul is careful with both the content and the organization of his writing, creating well-documented arguments that are laid out in a logical fashion. Paul makes this all look easy - well done, Paul!
Renni scans a story with a generous sense of investigation. In her openness to the characters and their context, she is able to consider the depth of their values and decision-making from their perspective. She is also able to bring some personal insight to her analysis based on her empathetic reflection. As our class considers the value of a character’s experience for our understanding, Renni’s contributions to the discussion keep us oriented on the values and experience that drive the conflict and resolution.
Nic is a critical component of his excellent section of Spanish 1. His calm demeanor, ability to work effectively with peers, keen sense of humor, and willingness to be flexible in his thinking all contribute to his being a stellar student of language and culture. When he experiences difficulty of any kind, he persists, unafraid to make mistakes. He knows that the best learning happens when he’s just outside his comfort zone, attempting to establish connections between what he knows and what he wants or needs to know. I appreciate his many contributions to class so far and look forward to his future growth. ¡Bien hecho, Nico!
Phoebe Dias approaches everything she does with grace, spirit, and good humor. Whether engaging her classmates’ discussion of “What is a hero?” or making cultural connections through legends and myths, Phoebe is a positive presence in the classroom. Her most recent undertaking? With only a few minutes preparation, she presented the Mayan number system to visiting grandparents so they could compare it to the Aztec number system and then apply what they had just learned to unravel a tribute page from an Aztec codex. ¡Enhorabuena, Phoebe!
Charlie is an excellent Spanish student. He completes his assignments diligently and gets involved in class discussions. Charlie has opinions and is willing to learn new vocabulary and take risks with the language in order to share those opinions in the target language. Most recently, Charlie did a great job on our FlipGrid project giving advice and commands to a grumpy friend who was complaining about his many chores. Awesome job with the imperative, Charlie!
Science Scholar Spotlight
Charlie has been a solid contributor to the AT Biology course. He has been working on an independent project investigating canine ear infections. Charlie has successfully incubated and isolated a yeast monoculture from the family pet and continues to research over-the-counter topical treatments to help control the infection through zones of inhibition analysis. Charlie has gone above and beyond the scope of the class to tackle a problem he has encountered with his pet. Portraying the qualities of a great scientist-namely, diligence, curiosity, observational acuity, problem solving, and grit- Charlie is solving a real-world problem in class and deserves a spotlight recognition.
In Global Studies, senior Anna Douglas has been a prime example of this occurrence. Anna’s knack for rooting through the relevance of current events, connecting them to global matters and analyzing their overall impact has been uncanny, as if the course was made specifically for her. Anna’s unbridled curiosity, mixed with her sense of humor, has made for engaging discussions and debates. She has truly boosted the vitality of the course while engaging the material with interest and vigor. Anna’s hard work this trimester has earned her recognition as a spotlight scholar.
Alec is a leader in his class. He is always prepared to engage fully in class discussions. He brings his interest in the language and the culture to class every day. Alec’s deep dive into Costa Rica this fall is enriched by his own personal experience previously visiting the country. He explained to the class what the Costa Rican motto of “Pura Vida” means and why it represents the culture and people of Costa Rica. Great work this fall, Alec, keep up the good work!
Peter is doing an excellent job in Latin 2. He demonstrates strong organization, is engaged, and is working hard to apply the topics introduced this fall. In addition, he seems to have done very well at retaining many topics from Latin 1 and applying them to his current learning. Peter has done good work on his Facebook project, injecting creativity into his photos and videos in an effort to portray his role of an ancient Roman student named Gaius. You should be proud of your progress, Peter! Keep up the good work!
Andrew’s seriousness of purpose and intellectual curiosity enable him to lead the charge in any effort to unpack the puzzles presented by literature. He uses class conversation as a way to navigate the clues of character, context, conflict, complication, and climax and build understanding. Andrew sees the connections from one class to another, one story to another, one idea to another, and holds us accountable for maintaining a sense of how each conversation connects to our overall effort to engage with literature actively and meaningfully.
As a sophomore in US History, Charlie has cruised to the top of the pack because of his ability to cultivate a positive classroom culture, articulate a dynamic point of view on the daily essential question, and model how a historian digs to the core context of a primary source. Charlie is the type of student who is consistently engaged with the material and always processing how our content is applicable to our modern world. Charlie has done a wonderful job, which is deserving of the Scholar Spotlight.
Tara has been a superstar in AP French this year. In particular, Tara’s writing has earned her top marks in terms of form and cultural context. As well, on the last IPA, Tara’s listening and reading skills placed her near the top of the class. What is most appreciated about Tara is her enthusiasm for class, the French language, and her ability to encourage others. Last year, she helped recruit many students to take French I. Tara is valuable and I appreciate what she does daily. Bravo, Tara!
Wanjiru has the ability to step back and see the larger picture in the themes that our class has considered. The maturity of her thinking and her pursuit of conservations with the work of historians brings depth and discernment to the sourcing process. Her thinking takes our class to rich levels of conversations and her writing reflects curiosity and serious thought. She keeps challenging herself.
Sam Gordon is an engaged and contemplative thinker who is thorough and diligent in his preparation. Throughout the first trimester in Advanced Topics: Macroeconomics, Sam has consistently shown mastery of the foundational economic concepts covered. Whether he is applying economic reasoning to policy issues, considering the economic motives and consequences of free medical school tuition, or the potential impact of autonomous driving vehicles for companies like Uber, Sam’s contributions to in class discussions are thoughtful, balanced, and well supported with the text and outside evidence. Sam has a natural curiosity that lends itself to economic problem solving. This will no doubt help prepare him to become one of tomorrow’s great problem solvers!
Tony has demonstrated outstanding mathematical skills in Post AP Math class. Each day, he works hard to grasp advanced concepts and apply them to problems that are more difficult. His computation techniques are solid, and he is able to choose among those techniques to solve unique problems in and out of class. His attitude is always positive and shows an enjoyment of mathematics that is great for any teacher to see.
Whether it be her astute research on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or her meaningful contributions regarding the Fur Trade, Margaret Hillery gives 100% effort in all she does. This effort translates into fantastic scholarship, which is contagious for her classmates. Margaret is able to make thoughtful connections related to our content spanning from 1450 to today and gets these thoughts on paper as an articulate, strong writer. As a serious student who seamlessly leads our class, Margaret is very deserving of this recognition.
English Scholar Spotlight
In a class of honors level students, Margaret has established herself as a poised, perceptive, curious, and accountable student of literature and composition. Her level of engagement in class exercises and her careful preparation every day is a model of consistency. Her piquant questions stimulate thought, and her responses demonstrate acute thinking. As a writer, Margaret subtly applies lessons learned in class and from previous compositions to her next piece. This maturity and sophistication is emblematic of an ideal student, and her level of ease allows Margaret to appreciate the process and humor of class each day.
Yujin has made tremendous improvement in terms of her Chinese proficiency. Her presentation on her cultural experience was especially impressive because she went above and beyond by incorporating advanced vocabulary and complicated sentence structures. Her daily participation in class discussion also shows that she has a good command of the language. Yujin also spends a lot of time outside of classroom practicing Chinese like watching Chinese TV shows and speaking to native speakers. Her interest in the Chinese language brings good energy to our class.
Olivia is an exemplary student of language and culture and a thoughtful member of our class. On a linguistic level, she makes excellent connections within and across lessons, always stretching herself to create more with language. On a citizenship level, she uses her engaging personality and limitless energy to work productively with her peers, making sure to enjoy herself in the process. She is also a devoted member of Juntos, our team that partners Tabor students with English-learning neighbors in New Bedford in order to forge relationships and learn from one another. I am grateful for all she has done to help our class develop its wonderful dynamic and I look forward to all that she will continue to add as we venture into the heart of the course over the next few months. ¡Enhorabuena, Bella!
Anastasia is a stellar French student. She has excellent language skills. Her writing is accurate, and her accent is great. More importantly, she brings a positive attitude to class. It is contagious. She participates actively in class and helps others when they have questions. Bonne continuation.
Omar can be considered an ambassador of the French language. Last year, he recruited several aspiring young French students to enroll in French I at the revisit fair in the spring. In class this year he is perhaps one of the hardest workers. His proficiency has been accelerated by his dogged determination to succeed. The course work for AP is rigorous, but Omar is showing his peers that it’s possible to succeed with his work ethic. For example, he scored the highest grade on a very difficult IPA about the importance of education in French immigrant communities. Omar brings a wealth of cultural knowledge to the class. Since we are studying cultural differences and similarities, Omar has been very helpful to us in our quest for a greater cultural understanding. Bravo, Omar!
One of the true attributes of a scholar is the willingness to help a classmate in need. When a peer was up against a deadline for a paper comparing Presidents Jackson and Trump recently, she immediately turned to Leah to get feedback, knowing that the criticism would be constructive, and the comments professional and thorough. When Leah arrived in class to deliver her notes, having spent two hours the previous day working on it, she was greeted with gratitude and a well-earned hug. Beyond her admirable proofreading skills, Leah is also an excellent writer and contributor to class discussion. Her arguments during our Hamilton: An American Musical graded discussion were supported by copious textual evidence, and she used that exercise to write an outstanding essay. Moreover, she has the admirable ability to both simplify complex issues easily and integrate complexity into her prose -- not an easy skill, but a key one for a Spotlight Scholar. Congratulations, Leah!
Emma has earned the top grade for both of my French I classes. Since the beginning of the year, she has brought an enthusiasm for French language learning that is infectious. Emma can work with anyone in class and she is a helpful partner in pair and group work. She has a mind that anticipates and is engaged 100% of the class time. What is most appreciated about Emma is that she is spending a ton of time outside of class teaching herself about French. It is evidence that she knows more through duolingo or through the curiosity of looking the vocabulary word on her own. Her composition in French at this point during the year is advanced for her level and almost flawless. Bravo Emma!
Thad learned a great deal of Spanish from conversations with his dad when he was a child. Thad could sit back without exerting himself and still do well in class, but that has not been the case. Thad wants to excel, so he answers questions, volunteers to read and actively participates in class at most every opportunity. And, he excels during interactive speaking and presentational speaking IPAs. Bien hecho, Taco!
Rosella exemplifies the constantly improving young violinist that is the catalyst for the Tabor String Ensemble as well as the Boston Youth Symphony Repertory Orchestra. Rosella practices every day. She works on her Senior District audition piece (Haydn Concerto in G-Major), her All-State audition piece (Viotti Concerto in G-Major) and her BYSO music while doing the requisite scales and exercises needed to increase her proficiency on the instrument. I enjoy listening to Rosella practice. The way she methodically picks apart a difficult passage and works it through, with multiple repetitions, with meticulous attention to the details necessary to make true progress, is a rare skill in a player so young. It has served her well. Her leadership in String Ensemble cannot be understated and her positive attitude is always well received by her peers and her teachers. I am lucky to be able watch as Rosella matures into a fine violinist.
Modern and Classical Languages Scholar Spotlight
Rosella has done an excellent job in Latin 3 Honors this fall. She has worked hard to comprehend the difficult grammatical concepts introduced during this part of the course. She has also worked hard on the Facebook project, adopting her role as Scintilla and figuring out how her posts, replies, video, etc. should portray this character. Finally, when Rosella feels as if she has exhausted her current Latin work, she delves into “free reading”—in the original Latin—of a classical work that suits her interest. Keep up the good work, Rosella! I appreciate the enthusiasm!
Yaya is a hard worker. She practices the clarinet religiously and that is evident to all who listen to her play. She is currently working on the Carl Maria von Weber "Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet in f-minor." This is the Senior District audition piece and it is formidable to say the least. What is striking about Yaya's approach is that she spends a lot of time working out the technical challenges of the piece, but never loses sight of the musical phrasing. Everything she plays has a full, robust tone quality with good intonation and an expressive flair. Yaya is also preparing for the All-State audition (Brahms Sonata) and I am hopeful she will be recommended to audition. I am encouraged by Yaya's innate ability, dedicated work ethic and refined perspective. I look forward to listening to Yaya mature as a clarinetist and contribute to Tabor's music program in many ways.
English Scholar Spotlight
Yaya has a facility and focus with literary analysis that leads our class resolutely to clear and valuable insights. Yaya’s sincerity and depth enable her to make her way through the puzzles of a story to the finer points of understanding that lead to the larger values of a particular story and its connections to the insights of another. She is especially effective in small groups where she quietly organizes the discussion and keeps it on point until she feels satisfied that we have unraveled a substantive understanding. She is a generous and careful listener as well, and thereby is instrumental in supporting our collective drive for understanding.
Modern Language and Classical Languages Scholar Spotlight
Grace has what it takes to be a top notch French honors scholar. She responds to feedback and she wants to excel. Grace works extremely well with her partners doing pair work in French. In the class setting she is engaged and thoughtful of her classmates. In particular, Grace is a star in class because of the positive energy that she brings to class every day. She speaks in French almost exclusively and has accelerated her level of proficiency with great speed. Merci, Grace for your great attitude and help in class! Bravo!
Mao is a unique student: focused on the process, deeply invested in growth over perfection, and dedicated to kind yet critical self-reflection. She is tenacious, yet unassuming in her pursuit of knowledge; and, consistently extends her exploration well beyond what is assigned, offering evidence of her depthless curiosity to understand and discover. As a result, her contributions to our weekly discussions in AT Neuroscience often leave me grinning and shaking my head in disbelief. Give Mao the task of discussing neural plasticity and she proposes a medical application that is only just now being fully explored by real researchers: a novel treatment of drug addiction by resetting the reward circuitry in the brain. Her ability to make such connections is born of an unassuming but fiery curiosity to discover, as shown in the exclamation points dotting her notebooks. These small, punctuated echoes of awe and enthusiasm are but a whisper of what Mao truly has in store for the world of science.
History Spotlight Scholar
In her chapel address, Mao spoke of her appreciation for Tabor’s lesson in how to be a “loving outsider,” and to study her nation with both empathy and objectiveness. During the first trimester, Mao has done this with an unparalleled level of scholarship in the Historical Research: Pro-seminar. She has outlined the political and economic formation of Meiji, Japan, curated Shinto artifacts and sought to understand how Shinto symbols, rituals, and rites were politicized in the late 19th century. Her work is exceptional because of its detail, originality and objectivity. Welldone.
Piper is excelling in French I this year. She is fully engaged during class time and she works outside of the class by practicing French with Duolingo. Already she has close to 2000xp! I am amazed at her ability to communicate in French since she has only had less than two months of French instruction! Piper is determined and serious. Yet, she also appreciates the fun that we have in class. She can work with anyone and is very helpful to her classmates because of her advanced language skills.
English Scholar Spotlight
It is only fitting that Piper be recognized as a Spotlight Scholar, as she has been lighting the way for her English 1 classmates for the past two months. Not only does she put a great deal of effort into every assignment she hands in, but she often takes the lead when I break the class up into small groups: posing questions of her classmates, and directing them to specific textual passages in order to help generate and focus discussion. She is also one of my strongest writers. I have particularly appreciated her creative approach to our essay topics. Most recently, by using the three ghosts of Christmas from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to frame her essay about her own identity. Great work, Piper. Keep it up!
Grace has etched scrimshaw this trimester in Maritime History. She has taken something base and raw, polished it, and put her own design upon it. She reads thoroughly and broadly. She polishes her arguments, and she writes novel and ambitious claims. Her work is art. Well done, Grace.
English Scholar Spotlight
A careful reader of the subtlety embedded in a text, Grace always deepens our discussion in AP English Language. She takes the time not simply to read, but also to reflect, to reread, to re-think; she takes the time not simply to write, but also to reconsider, to rewrite, to revise. Her thoughtful attention benefits us all--when she shares her thoughts in class discussion and when she models the habits of strong readers and writers.
Inquisitive and willing to question why something happened, Tessa is the consummate historian. She helps move a conversation forward, or gives her peers cause to reconsider a viewpoint with either a well-reasoned thought or evidence from the historical record. Her consistent and thoughtful participation is the hallmark of American citizenship, and she will be an active participant in our democracy. Well done!
Careful, disciplined, thoughtful, and observant, Fiona has worked quietly and diligently over the past two years studying the technical and aesthetic branches of the potter’s art. She wisely approaches each creation in clay as a new opportunity to develop and refine her abilities, exploring design relationships and working to capture the often elusive effects of the stoneware and porcelain glazes. Fiona’s work is quiet and still in its design, and exhibits an increasingly sublime balance and resolution that is composed and humble. Many say that all creative work is a self-portrait. Fiona’s quiet, considered, elegant and humble work in clay is certainly revealing of these qualities in her. Excellent work, Fiona!
Andrew is a very fine student of English, someone who truly enjoys the give and take of class discussion and the opportunity to explore his ideas with his classmates. He shines in his intelligent understanding of the material and in his desire to wrestle with some of the more nuanced ideas that often go undetected by others. In his writing, he displays both good thinking and careful craft, taking full advantage of and enjoying the opportunity to explore his interpretations on paper. He is a pleasure to teach.
Peter took up the study of Latin as a junior, and is doing tremendous work as a leader in this class. He leads both in word and in deed, as he pleasantly, constructively, and positively helps us all be better students of the Latin language. Thank you, Peter!
History Spotlight Scholar
Peter Murray is the perfect combination of intellect and courage. He works hard, loves to read, and his robust mind enables him to distill complex narratives and arguments into single sentences. As important, his ability to take risks and articulate his ideas set an important tone during the first weeks of the trimester. He is an excellent writer, a critical thinker, and an active listener. I commend him for his insight, energy, and passion. Congratulations to Peter Murray who is the Advanced Topics in World History Fall Scholar Spotlight.
Karsten is an engaged and enthusiastic language-learner, prepared for class each day with a willingness to participate in every activity, a smile on his face. He seeks perfection in communication and deep understanding of the nuances and subtleties of the Spanish language. He asks thoughtful questions and takes responses to heart, making consistent changes to improve his skills. Karsten is adept at listening, reading, speaking, and writing, all while maintaining a curiosity about culture and current happenings around the globe. An inspiration to others, he is truly a great student. ¡Enhorabuena, Bernal!
While it is important to hone the skills of an astute historian, it is even more important to do so while sharpening the skills of leadership and curiosity. Alli balances these skills wonderfully, as she leads her class in discussion and overall engagement. If she sees a classmate struggling to jump into our conversations, she notices and brings them in. If she is tasked with leading a class presentation, she ensures that the lesson is extremely engaging for her classmates (just ask her about the Whiskey rebellion). If her classmates want to understand the US Constitution better, they look to her as a budding lawyer. Alli seeks meaning in all she does, and her commitment to learning and growing is contagious. For these reasons, she is very deserving of this recognition.
In the sometimes boisterous, occasionally unfocused environment of sophomore English class, Sierra quietly shines in her consistent, invested, and serious approach to her work. She is a careful reader and annotator, one who is willing to take the necessary time for more than a cursory examination of a text. She always strives for a deeper understanding beyond the obvious and willingly shares what she has gleaned with her classmates. In her writing, she has displayed skill in both the analytical and the imaginative. Good work thus far, Sierra!
Chris is a gifted writer. Whether researching a member of Congress, legislation, writing his own bill proposal, or policy paper, his work is scholarly, substantive lucid, and compelling. He is an active participant in class discussions, reflecting on his classmates’ remarks and contributing to the conversation. His portrayal of Senator McConnell was a highlight of our Congressional simulation, capturing McConnell’s manner as well as political beliefs. Commitment to academic excellence is Chris’ hallmark and his consistent efforts raise the bar for everyone. He has been an invaluable member of US Congress.
English Scholar Spotlight
In this above-average class of senior English enthusiasts, Chris stands out for his high level of engagement in class and sincere interest in the material, whether it be the absurdism of Beckett or the tragedy of Shakespeare. He uses every opportunity, both in class discussion and in his writing, to further his understanding of a topic and to explore his observations with others. He embraces the challenge of putting his thoughts on paper and fashions his arguments with considerable skill and clarity. In addition to his scholarly attributes, Chris also possesses an amiable personality and a good sense of humor, which only add to the great pleasure of having him as a student.
Carter is doing a good job in Chinese 1! She comes to class with a positive attitude and she is always well prepared. During class, she participates energetically in all class activities, and she makes good use of the class time by speaking in Chinese; she also reminds others to stay on task and speak Chinese. She is determined that she can do even better! Carter is a model for her peers.
Julia is finishing a great fall trimester in Chemistry class. Her inquisitive mind and upbeat attitude have set the tone in a class full of curious minds. Julia’s diligence with her preparation and academic leadership have been a hallmark of her work this year, as she enjoys learning and has established herself as great role model for her peers. Thank you, Julia!
Danny is a stellar student of literature, even in his second language! He is adept in the Spanish language while also a skilled analyst. He has an uncanny ability to make connections between texts studied in class as well as those he has previously read in other courses or on his own. Additionally, Danny works to see how literature reflects culture and historical events from all over the globe. He is thoughtful in his discourse, asks poignant questions, and is a leader in class. Through all of this, Danny maintains a delightful sense of humor, promoting a lively classroom culture. ¡Enhorabuena, Dani!
Grace commands and relinquishes control of our political discussion at will. She arrives each day prepared enough to teach the lesson, yet recognizes the value of including, and encouraging the perspectives of her classmates. That said, Grace never shies from engaging in a little verbal sparring in order to further develop and justify her core beliefs. In addition to conducting the flow of conversation, Grace also performs admirably in the more traditional arenas of content mastery and rhetorical writing. It is clear from all of her work in Advanced Government that Grace reads at least every word of assigned material, if not more.
In a class of strong writers, Nina is a standout. In addition to handing in stories, which exceed the required length, Nina writes extra stories and gets them started nearly as soon as they are assigned. Additionally, Nina creates complex characters and puts them in difficult - sometimes impossible - situations; at times her stories try to accomplish so much that in revision she has to simplify them. Finally, Nina listens carefully and offers honest, quality feedback to her peers when they read their writing.
Harrison is doing superb work in Digital Music Studio. He came in with some basic GarageBand skills, but had never explored NoteFlight before taking this class. His creativity has blossomed as we have worked to define some elements of melody, harmony and bass line. Harrison chooses interesting combinations of instruments and creates textures that are both new and interesting. His commentary on the other student's work is insightful, refreshing and very helpful. He truly has a genuine interest in making the class become better composers. As we begin to venture into more original composition in forms of the student's choosing, I look for Harrison to grow as a digital musician and impress all who listen to his pieces.
Danny comes to class well prepared and enthusiastic to participate every day. Danny has proven to be an outstanding Spanish student as he has excelled on written testing and on our interactive IPAs. The one area where Danny really sets himself apart is during in-class dramatizations when he creates clever dialogues and not only puts his heart into acting them out, but also brings out the best in his partners. He enjoys these short performances and his classmates are always entertained.
Kiley is an excellent Spanish 2 scholar. She completes all of her assignments well and participates in all of the class discussions with enthusiasm. Her most recent work on our FlipGrid project was awesome, as she speaks clearly and comfortably using the past tense. Kiley works well with her classmates and has a bright future as a language learner. Great job, Kiley!
The transition to Tabor can be jarring for a number of new students. The demands are often greater and expectations are higher than what students had grown accustomed to in previous schools. Hannah Squires has experienced none of those difficulties. Hannah’s careful and diligent preparations combine with a very sharp intellect to make quick work of the chemistry curriculum. Hannah is also eager to help her classmates understand new and challenging concepts and help them keep pace with her own comprehension. Hannah's ability, work ethic, and leadership make her a clear choice for this recognition.
Modern and Classical Languages Scholar Spotlight
Hannah has done great work in the start of French 2H. She remains engaged even when class falls on the last block of a Friday. She tries to use new words and structures and learns from her mistakes. Her ability to sort out the complex webs of conjugations is impressive. Her positive attitude makes the class better. Merci, Hannah.
The hallmarks of Madden’s work are technical excellence, creative curiosity and thoughtful expression. Madden is driven to paint, inspired by the world around her and approaches each assignment with confidence and hunger for a challenge. She is quietly excelling as a student in our visual arts program by being internally motivated to explore a medium and mode of expression that reflects her interests. Her strong work ethic allows her to fulfill her assignments, be motivated, and pursue a personal practice of painting. I look forward to seeing how she will grow as an artist in the years to come.
Latin 3 has certainly “clicked” for Riley this fall. She has done an excellent job of retaining topics from Latin 2 and of applying them to her current learning, which entails comprehension of some rather difficult grammatical concepts. As a result, she now possesses a rather acute understanding of Latin linguistics and should be prepared to tackle some genuine Latin this spring. Riley has also worked enthusiastically on the Facebook project, adopting her role as the teacher Heliodorus and tailoring her posts, replies, and videos in portrayal of this character. You should be proud of your progress, Riley! Keep up the good work!
Kyle sets the standard of excellence in AT Biology for his commitment to mastering the course content and for displaying curiosity, creativity, and analytical skills in his group designed experiment investigating the impact of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels on plant primary production. Kyle asks questions and brings knowledge to class that deepens discussion and enriches the classroom experience for all. He is off to a great start in AT Bio and shows great potential as a scientist.
Charlotte started her year in Biology full steam ahead and there's no sign of slowing her down any time soon. She is a fastidious worker and puts great care and effort into all that she does. Charlotte makes a good name for quiet leaders; she is impressively effective at calmly focusing a group without stepping on anyone's toes, all while ensuring that the quality of her work meets the high standards she holds for herself. Her dedication to excellence means she always puts her best foot forward, often while helping others to do the same.
Yudai has showed outstanding technical ability and understanding in computer science. Not only has he been able to complete required projects ahead of time, but he also works daily to improve his coding and add functionality to the programs he writes. He has genuine curiosity for the subject, and wants to know more so he can code more advanced topics. He makes coders around him better by giving advice and demonstrating techniques.
Peter “the Great” is a rare combination of insight, empathy, and intellect. There is nothing he does not do well. He listens with focus, he writes with alacrity, and reads with a critical eye. His classroom preparation is consistent and detailed, but most importantly he loves to learn. Peter’s questions are insightful and demonstrate his ability to transform the narrative into meaning. Much of his early success in our course is due to his energy and intellect, the rest is due to his unrelenting industry. Peter has improved in every facet of our course this trimester. His potential is limitless and I am looking forward to the rest of the year.
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