September 2015: Loyalty

Character winners for September 2015 Loyalty


    Kriya    Student of the month: Kriya Patel

I would like to nominate Kriya Patel for the character word of the month: Loyalty.

Kriya was my English language learner with Gujarati as her first language for several years. This past January, she tested out of my program and is now fully English proficient!

This school year, her two cousins came from India. They have been here about five months. One is in Kindergarten and the other is 2nd grade. They know very little English and Kriya was loyal by helping to get them to the bus in the afternoons, get them to class, and she came to my room and would take sight words and pictures to try to get them to learn more English. She did this all on her own, being loyal to her cousins.

When we had another student register and on one of her visits to my room, I told her that this student had only been here for four months, she asked me if she could help, I told her that I didn’t need any this time. Then a few days later the new student was upset and I went to get Kriya to get to help me.

She immediately took charge, spoke to her in Gujarati, and the girl felt better right away.

I believe she is a very loyal friend for her friends and family.



   Dawn    Adult of the month: Ms. Dawn Pyles.

Dawn has been a staff member of Southern since 2008 and she has blessed our school not only with her various talents but with a performing arts program that is superior!

Dawn has brought a variety of experiences to our students that have them learn to appreciate the program. Choir performances several times a year to honor 9/11 and first responders, Veterans and a Christmas concert. She gets the students ready for great guitar and recorder performances, songs or dances during special recognition programs within the school and our Fall Festival. Every year Dawn has written a musical and students will, after rigorous practicing, have several performances for the student body and their families.

The commitment that Dawn has to the performing arts program, school, country and family stands for itself. Dawn is a Brave at heart and a wonderful asset to our school.




 Shayla     Mason    Rayahna
​       Kindergarten:                      First grade:                         Second grade:
       Shayla Jones                  Mason Phillipi                     Rayahna Miller

Bradlee    Christian    MacKenzie
​     Third grade:                      Fourth grade:                            Fifth grade
   Bradlee Baker                Christian Walden                 MacKenzie Barnett

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