The Federal Way Mirror Scholar of the Month for November is Elijah Glen, a fourth-grader from Meredith Hill Elementary School.
Elijah was nominated by Helen Babbin, interim principal for Meredith Hill Elementary.
Through his words and actions, Elijah demonstrates all the traits of a Meredith Hill Orca: he is responsible, respectful, caring and safe, Babbin said. He takes ownership of his learning by always giving his best effort.
“Just try your best and don’t worry about your mistakes,” Elijah said. “Just keep trying.”
Elijah often offers to use some of his recess time to help in the classroom and he shows respect to all adults as well as his peers. He uses respectful comments to both agree and disagree with others, Babbin said.
Whether in a group or with a partner, Elijah kindly cares for his peers and gives encouraging comments, she said. He makes an effort to include others who need someone to work or play with.
Outside of the classroom, Elijah makes safe choices, Babbin said. He is mindful of the Orca expectations in all areas of school and encourages others to follow them as well. Even at recess, Elijah has fun with his friends in safe ways.
His joyful nature and positive attitude spread easily to others around him, she added. Elijah willingly shares his thoughts during math talks and in a recent literary discussion that he excitedly contributed to, Elijah asked if the class could engage in those activities more often.
He enthusiastically joins in with spontaneous classroom singing and sets a great example for other scholars throughout the day with the choices he makes, she said.
He’s a natural leader in the classroom, follows instructions and continuously seeks ways to help others, she said. He often asks if he can stay and help in the classroom during recess.
Elijah has fully embraced a growth mindset, Babbin said. He takes ownership of his own learning by setting goals and working to achieve them.
Criteria to be a Scholar of the Month includes perfect attendance, GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstration of positive and productive behaviors in schools.