Students of the Month honored for Sept. 2022

Robert Galbreath photo The first SCSD9 Students of the Month for the 2022-2023 school year pose for a photo. Pictured, from left, are Darcey Mae “Maezie” Stone, LaBarge Elementary, Hayden Wilson, Big Piney Elementary and Sydney Burgess, Big Piney Middle School.

BIG PINEY – The 2022-2023 school year is underway and the Sublette County School District No. 9 Board of Trustees honored the first Students of the Month at its Sept. 20 meeting.
Big Piney High School’s Student of the Month, Thomas Howard, will be recognized in October.
Kindergarten teacher Karen Woodland presented Darcey Mae “Maezie” Stone as the LaBarge Elementary Student of the Month for exhibiting the district’s values on a daily basis.
Stone arrives at school each morning ready to hit the ground running.
“She comes to school with a smile on her face and she loves to learn,” Woodland told the board. “She is so excited. I look at her and she’s leaning up on her knees and her eyes are big and she’s just ready.”
Stone “listens so carefully” to directions and can be depended upon to follow through with assignments, Woodland said. The positivity Stone exhibits sets the example for other pupils.
“The students watch (Stone) and the rest of them say, ‘I can do that – I love that,’ just like Maezie,” Woodland explained.
Woodland praised Stone for exhibiting excellence and responsibility in the classroom.
“She does her work so nicely and neatly,” Woodland said. “She always helps her friends.”
Stone’s nickname, “Maezie,” reminds Woodland of the word “amazing.”
“Every time I say ‘Maezie,’ I think, ‘She is just amazing,’” Woodland added. “I’m very proud of you, Maezie, for being such a good example and I’m so happy to be your teacher.”
Big Piney Elementary School third-grade teacher Bobbi Guenthner nominated Hayden Wilson, now a fourth grader, as Student of the Month. Guenthner taught Wilson the previous academic year.
“When I think of Hayden, the first word that comes to mind is happy,” Guenthner said. “This girl always has a smile on her face. Even now, she still comes to my room every morning, says hi and gives me a hug.”
Wilson demonstrates excellence and responsibility in “everything she does,” from academics to art, Guenthner told trustees.
“Hayden is always going to give her best,” Guenthner added.
Wilson is an avid reader, especially when it comes to suspense novels.
“At recess every week, I’ve gotten an update on ‘Fear Zone,’” said Guenthner.
Guenthner highlighted Wilson’s “great growth mindset” and fearless attitude when it comes to new and difficult experiences.
“Last year, Hayden would often be heard saying, ‘Everything is hard until it’s not, so let's just try it,’” Guenthner said. “I think that is pretty fantastic coming from someone so young.”
Big Piney Middle School (BPMS) Principal Tyler Walker honored eighth-grader Sydney Burgess as Student of the Month for exemplifying the monthly character trait of responsibility. Three teachers at BPMS nominated Burgess for setting the bar high, Walker said.
“Sydney is a tremendous asset to our school and I look forward to watching her make a positive impact as a student leader,” he added.
Burgess illustrates “every value that we look for in a Student of the Month,” including kindness, sincerity and a strong work ethic, wrote band teacher Travis Swanson.
“Sydney takes the initiative to be a better musician on a daily basis,” Swanson said. “She always comes in prepared and wants to know what she can do above and beyond what is expected. This is true leadership and is exactly what our band needs.”
Librarian Candace Kennedy described Burgess as polite and “very mature.”
“She has a very good work ethic and is a great big sister,” Kennedy added.
From day one, Burgess treated staff with courtesy and respect, said middle school administrative assistant Jan Maxfield.
“Each interaction I have had with Sydney, she has shown that she is a conscientious and responsible student who cares about doing well,” Maxfield wrote. “When I spoke with her previous school to obtain her records, the secretary there said they would miss Sydney and it was a great loss to their school. Since arriving here, she has shown to be a great asset to our school and we are lucky to have her.”

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