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February 2024 Bearcats of Character Recognized

February 19, 2024

The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees recognized this latest group of students named Bearcats of Character for the 2023-2024 school year on Monday night for the character trait perseverance. As a part of the district's character education program, called the Positivity Project or P2, the district each month recognizes the good character on display by the great students across all of Aledo ISD.

P2 says that the character strength of PERSEVERANCE is directly connected to an individual’s ability to be successful throughout their life. Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. Perseverance is also connected with courage. Persevering in a task and failing, can result in depleted self-worth. Therefore, it takes a measured amount of courage to persist in a task despite the prospect of failure.

Congratulations to the following students, Aledo ISD's February 2024 Bearcats of Character!

Sadie Giddens  Mary Fricke  Reef Woodson  Elijah Christensen  Aiden Hall

Aledo High School: Sadie Giddens, 12th grade
Sadie is in the Health Science pathway at AHS. She has had a couple of missed blood draws in our CCMA class--which is a very difficult class and task to learn. Sadie has kept on working extra and practicing so she can become more consistent in our class. She gives her best at all times, and is an example to her classmates and peers when it comes to perseverance. This is going to serve Sadie well in life as she continues in the medical field!

Aledo Learning Center: Mary Fricke, 10th grade
Mary always works extremely hard and does not give up! She has faced difficult odds, but she hasn’t let that stop her from working toward graduation. She puts full effort into everything at school and shows she is determined to find solutions and answers to be successful.

Daniel Ninth Grade: Reef Woodson, 9th grade
Reef shows perseverance in every class. Even when he has a hard time studying a certain subject he pushes through and always gets good grades. When I see him getting these good grades on these tests it gives my hope that I can do it too. Reef is a great example of perseverance to all of his friends and classmates.

Aledo Middle School: Elijah Christensen, 8th grade
Eli has shown perseverance in Code Your Own programs - continuing to work beyond requirements met. He has good ideas and wants to achieve them even if his ideas will be complicated to achieve.

McAnally Middle School: Aiden Hall, 6th grade
Aiden consistently goes above and beyond in RLA. When he struggles with a concept or skill, Aiden doesn't let the struggle stop him. Instead, he uses this struggle to challenge him. He does not give up when things get hard and faces the "productive struggle" head on. In addition to this, I have seen him become a leader in our classroom to support and encourage his peers when they are struggling. I am so thankful to have Aiden in my class!

Oscar Ayala  Adam Nickell  Ruby Long  Gage Dickerson  Stella Nurse  Kade Jerousek

Annetta Elementary School: Oscar Ayala, Kindergarten
Oscar is a great example of perseverance in our kindergarten classroom, always ready and willing to take on a challenge. He never gives up on a task or says "I can't". He just keeps trying, and he does it all with the sweetest smile on his face. This strength in perseverance will surely take him far in life.

Coder Elementary School: Adam Nickell, 5th grade
Adam is an amazing student! I invited him to be a part of our Music Memory Team. He went above and beyond, practicing daily to learn and be able to recognize all the pieces. His hard work paid off as he won 1st place in the district competition. Adam has always been a student who shows perseverance, from understanding complex musical concepts, to practicing each new instrument. It has been a joy teaching him Music during his years at Coder.

McCall Elementary School: Ruby Long, 3rd grade
Ruby is a HARD WORKER. Sometimes things don't come easily for Ruby BUT she doesn't quit until she's got it. I love her attitude and her perseverance! I'd want Ruby on my team to solve the hardest problem. To add to it, Ruby is also able to persevere with a humble heart and positive attitude. I love this girl!

Stuard Elementary School: Gage Dickerson, 4th grade
Even when faced with challenging problems, Gage consistently perseveres and works until a solution has been found. When he "hits a wall", he doesn't get stuck on the escalator. He moves forward! Through his perseverance, he exemplifies how true leaders solve problems. We are so proud of you, Gage, and look forward to all that you will do in the future!

Vandagriff Elementary School: Stella Nurse, 5th Grade
Stella shows perseverance by always working hard and never giving up. Stella always tries her best in class and encourages others to do so. If faced with a challenge, Stella works hard, asks questions, and perseveres until she is successful. Stella is a leader inside and out of the classroom and treats everyone around her with kindness and respect. She is a leader in her class and is a great example of someone who perseveres. We absolutely love having Stella in our classrooms every day!

Walsh Elementary School: Kade Jerousek, 5th Grade
Kade is such a sweet and caring student with a heart of gold! He puts in a lot of effort, never giving up. When he faces challenges, he's quick to seek help and keeps pushing forward without giving in. Kade's positive attitude and determination inspire those around him. Whether it's tackling a difficult assignment or supporting classmates, he's always there with a smile. His resilience and willingness to overcome obstacles make him a standout student and a joy to have in class!