TMS students recognized as Blazers of the Quarter – The Torrington Telegram

Posted: November 15, 2020 at 9:51 am

TORRINGTON Six Torrington Middle School (TMS) students were recognized among their peers as Blazers of the Quarter on Monday, Nov. 9, in the TMS library.

TMS Principal Marv Haiman, teachers Kelli Johnson, Robb Nicolay, Terra Ochsner and Kelsey Walker presented certificates to sixth-grader Brendan Bogaczyk, seventh-graders Haley Defoe and Brooklyn Asmus and eighth-graders Madison Copenbarger and Ivy Palfy for their honorable behavior shown throughout the first quarter of the school year.

One student, TMS sixth-grader Carter Groene, was absent due to illness, but was recognized during the ceremony.

Student of the quarter has to do with you being great representatives of what our school is all about, and our school is about two things: respect and responsibility, Haiman explained.

Teachers at TMS were tasked with choosing students who exemplified the ethos of the school.

They didnt select you because you were the best student in the grade; its not about being the best, Haiman said. Its about demonstrating the qualities that we think are important. In other words, walking the talk and being very respectful and very responsible.

Haiman told the students there were three reasons why people do what they do; they try to stay out of trouble, do something because it benefits them or do something because it is good for other people.

You folks have been selected because you are good for other people; youre good role models, Haiman said.

Haiman showed the students framed pictures of them and told them the pictures would be displayed in a display case at the school.

The ceremony was attended by the recognized students and their families.

TMS teachers Kelli Johnson, Robb Nicolay, Terra Ochsner and Kelsey Walker read the nomination letter for each student and presented them with a certificate.

Haiman told attendees the school had decided to refrain from holding large assemblies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This small assembly was the first group assembly of the year.

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