Student of the Month

Celebrating Our Award Recipients

Students at Westwood Regional Middle School may be selected by teachers as a recipient for demonstrating some or all of the following qualities: citizenship, kindness, diligence, positive attitude, academic success, personal responsibility, accountability, empathy, and character.

Wakaba Yamanaka

November 2016

Sydney McKoy

Wakaba Yamanaka is a conscientious, hard-working student. She is always prepared, follows directions, completes her work with detail and care, and gives her best effort in every class. She often goes above and beyond with her work, even taking the time to craft precise images to exemplify concepts when a simple sketch will do. She is making excellent progress with her English skills this year which is evident in all her classes. Wakaba is respectful to the other students and her teachers, and is a true pleasure to have in class. Additionally, she is also a highly-skilled gymnast, and her dedication and commitment to her sport carries over to her academic endeavors. Wakaba is accountable, empathetic, and successful, and a wonderful part of the Westwood Regional Middle School community.


Sydney McKoy is a very conscientious, respectful, positive, and enthusiastic student who always arrives to class with a smile. Daily, she exudes positive energy in the classroom and her enthusiasm is evident in everything she does. She puts forth 100% effort in every subject, so it is no wonder she excels in Spanish and well as her other classes. Sydney is friendly and helpful toward her classmates and exhibits maturity and leadership skills during both teacher and student-centered activities. There has not been a day that has gone by when she has not volunteered in class to go up to the SMARTboard or raise her hand to answer questions. She is a wonderful role model and demonstrates all of the qualities that make her a deserving winner of November's Student of the Month.

Kyla Carney

October 2016

Sean Echavarria

Kyla is a creative and astute student. She has impressed her teachers with how conscientious she is. In particular, when absent for an extended period of time, Kyla made up all of her missed work quickly and was self-motivated to ensure all of the work was completed. She was fully accountable, made appointments with her various teachers to take missed assessments, and turned in her assignments within the extra time she was permitted. Additionally, Kyla is always prepared for class and ready to participate. She remains on task and engages in classroom discussions; her responses and comments extend and further the discourse. Kyla is a polite, friendly student. She often demonstrates PBSIS behavior by being accountable, acting empathetic, and striving to be successful in all aspects of our school.


As a new student at WRMS this year, Sean has displayed all of the attributes we look for in our students. Sean demonstrates not only a high understanding of content, but consistently shows integrity and respect among his peers and with all of his teachers. Sean’s honesty and maturity are shown through his actions and work ethic. During a recent online assessment, Sean was uncertain if his answers had been submitted. He took the quiz again and scored higher with a 100% in his second attempt. His integrity was impressive; he contacted his teacher and reported his original score. This demeanor and enthusiasm for learning allow Sean to excel and truly be more than a “student of the month.”

Michael Kazigian

September 2016

Ava Santaite

Michael Kazigian is a conscientious, hard-working seventh grade student. He is always prepared for class and wants to do his best on every assignment, test or quiz. He seeks clarification on directions or rubrics he feels is unclear, and he plans ahead to take advantage of extra help and ASL times available. He is accountable not only with his work, but also with his commitments for extra help. He is polite, helpful, a pleasure to have in class and possesses a very witty sense of humor. Michael enjoys hanging out with his friends. When Mr. Maguire, our head custodian, heard that Michael had earned this honor, he was thrilled and recalled a story of how he took it upon himself to clean up a spill to help them out. He is a great part of WRMS.


Ava is an energetic and enthusiastic learner who participates daily in class discussions. Ava isn’t afraid to ask questions to make sure she understands an assignment. She will often help her peers and explain a concept to them. She is a kind and thoughtful student who comes to class daily with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She is polite and respectful to both her peers and classmates. Ava is already an active participant in our school community. She has fundraised a substantial amount of money for our upcoming Color Run. She even enthusiastically dressed up in all the crazy prizes students can win to help motivate the students with raising money. Ava possesses all the qualities we look for in a student of the month; she is empathetic, accountable and successful. She is a great role model for all students at WRMS.