9 board of trustees recognized
five Students of the Month at its
regular meeting on Nov. 19.
LaBarge Elementary School teacher Kati
Hunt nominated first-grader Connor Davis
as Student of the Month for November.
Davis is a student “all teachers hope they are
fortunate enough to teach,” Hunt said.
“Connor shows up to school every day
with a smile on his face and is anxious to
get started,” Hunt added. Davis shows excellence
and takes pride in his work and always
pays attention attentively in class. Independence
and leadership are other traits Davis
exhibits, Hunt added.
“Connor’s work ethic and positive attitude
toward learning make him successful,”
she continued. “He has a big heart and is always
willing to help those around him and
offer a helping hand. He is a bright spot in
my day and I am proud of him.”
Big Piney Elementary teacher Glade
Mitchell presented fourth-grader Allison
Tautimer as Student of the Month. Tautimer
is a “great student and hard worker” who
“sets an example for others” by acting with
integrity and responsibility.
Tautimer may come across as “apprehensive”
and quiet at first, Mitchell said, but she
soon warms up to the teachers and the classroom.
She is always ready with a quick joke,
and even talked Mitchell into dressing up as
a princess for class.
“Allison always shows respect to the
faculty and her peers,” Mitchell said. “She
is a model student and a great example of
a Big Piney Elementary School Student of
Cara Olson, reading and language arts
teacher at Big Piney Middle School, nominated
seventh grader Kaleb Miller as Student
of the Month.
“Kaleb is a strong example of what we
look for in our school values,” Olson said.
“He is a student who has the courage to ask
incisive questions. He always wants to work
things out and strives for excellence.”
Miller comes to school with a “positive
attitude” on a daily basis, Olson added, and
he “strives to live up to the district’s standards.”
Middle School Football Coach Cole Clifford
described Miller as “an undersized
seventh-grader who did an amazing job as a
linebacker on the eighth-grade team.” Miller
never shies away from criticism and “works
hard to correct his mistakes,” Clifford added.
When learning a new position on the field,
Miller attacks the challenge “with excitement
and a willingness to learn,” Clifford
Greg Bell, history teacher at Big Piney
Middle School, presented Emma York with
a Student of the Month Award from last
year. York is a “multisport athlete,” member
of the school’s student government and
on the honor roll, Bell said. York is also a
talented singer with a “voice three times her
size,” Bell added.
During the presentation, Bell compared
York to the poison dart frog, a small animal
that is also the “deadliest animal in the
world,” he said, capable of taking down 10
“Emma would not hurt a fly,” Bell said.
“But the dart frog reminded me of Emma
because of the power that comes in such a
small package. Emma packs quite a punch”
academically, on the sports field and when it
comes to exhibiting district values.
Junior Adrianna Ruby received Student
of the Month honors for Big Piney High
Ellie Brown, choir and music teacher
at BPHS, nominated Ruby for setting an
example when it comes to district values and
representing the school in extra-curicular activities.
“This year, Adrianna played the role of
Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” Brown
said. “I was also in the show and watched the
courage it took Adrianna to perform every
night. She showed kindness to the crew and
was an encouragement to other performers.”
Ruby exemplifies respect, and “always
stays on task,” said teacher Angie Clifford.
“Adrianna is the most creative and talented
student I have ever had,” said teacher
Faith Howard. “She wrote a song that is still
stuck in my head today.”
Band teacher Travis Swanson also spoke
of Ruby’s integrity and musical talent and
ability to compose on the ukulele.
“Adrianna exhibits a maturity level that is
so far ahead of her peers,” said teacher Tracy
Hughes. “I can see her starting college in
New York City.”