• Mary Harrison

Two sophomores named PBIS Students at CHS

A big thank you goes to the wonderful students, teachers, and administration of CHS whose commitment to exhibiting and recognizing excellence made this column possible. I look forward to further highlighting the positive accomplishments of my peers in 2019-2020!

Marisol (left) and Roberto (right) are today's featured PBIS Students of the Week!

10th-graders Marisol Gaspar-Orozco and Roberto Hernandez are this week's featured PBIS Students of the Week from Cairo High School.

The daughter of Isaish Gaspar and Marisol Orozco, Marisol Gaspar-Orozco lives in Cairo, and was nominated by CHS English teacher Mrs. Noelle Clatto for having a pleasant, helpful attitude and attentive interest in learning.

Marisol says she especially likes studying world history and taking classes from Ms. Landrie Bock, the new theatre instructor at CHS. Along with Theater Club, Marisol is active in the Helping Hands Club, a group that rallies around Cairo High's Special Education students.

The 16-year-old helps to babysit and run errands for her parents when at home, and also enjoys collecting seashells at the beach and avidly following New England Patriots' football in her free-time. After graduating from high school, Gaspar-Orozco intends to study interior design at Valdosta State University.

Roberto Hernandez, 16, resides in Cairo with his uncle, Luiz Gomez; CHS choral teacher Ms. Erikka Edwards nominated the sophomore for his extraordinary musical talent with the guitar and willingness to help fellow students with their skills in Ms. Edwards' guitar class.

Roberto says Geometry is his favorite subject, and that one of his many favorite educators is Mr. John'ta Cooper, CHS science instructor and coach. After school, Roberto works at Michoacan Mexican resteraunt in Cairo, and enjoys practicing the guitar, and playing and watching soccer, especially the team Real Madrid, during his free-time. Hernandez plans to attend college, possibly to become an automotive mechanic, after graduating high school.

Every Friday during the school year, Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey and Assistant Principal Chief Andrew Jones name a “Positive Behavior Intervention Support [PBIS] Student of the Week,” a CHS student recognized by faculty or administration for modeling positive behaviors to fellow students.

Each week's winner is chosen randomly from Mr. Lokey's “golden drum” containing “MAKERbucks,” rewards given to students who exemplify parts of the “MAKER Matrix”: M – Model student, A – Attendance, K – Knowledgeable, E – Exhibit Excellence, R – Respectful and Responsible.

PBIS Students of the Week are recognized during the school's morning announcements and given a certificate of acknowledgment and gift certificate to Mr. Chick.