MYP Highlights


December’s MYP trait was PRINCIPLED.  We act with Integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with the respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.  We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Front Left: Kwame Fenin
Back from Left: Nathaniel Eary, Mrs. Moore, Principal, Harli Fountain and Shaniya Byrd

8th graders Nathaniel Eary and Harli Fountain displayed how truly Principled they are. Here is what Mrs. Colon wrote: “Nathaniel is absolutely a student who is honest and has a great sense of fairness and justice.  Although he tends to be quiet in class, he respects all his classmates and always show his character of honesty and discipline.  Nathan takes his academics very seriously and strives to do his best all the time.”   Coach Paige nominated Harli with absolute certainty, based on what she has observed in PE class this year.  “I cannot think of a better student who exemplifies a sense of honesty, fairness, justice, respect and dignity of rights for herself and her peers. She is always willing to help where help in needed.  Harli is accountable for her actions and shows integrity.  She also demonstrates credibility and good sportsmanship.

Our 6th and 7th grade selected students demonstrated that they take responsibility for our actions and their consequences – and do the right thing.  Mrs. Mack, Reading and Speech & Debate teacher, nominated Kwame Fening (7th) and Shaniya Byrd (6th) for doing just that!  Kwame showed Mrs. Mack that he is principled in every sense of the definition.  She explained by stating “This rang very true on the last day of school before winter break. There was an altercation between two students at the bus loop. In getting down to the bottom of the issue of who did what, I asked Kwame to tell me what happened. With no regard for being called a snitch, he described the situation and what each party did to bring us to where we were.  He had other students in his ear but he acted with integrity and honesty as Kwame is all about making sure that everything is fair and just.”  A second example took place in Mrs. Mack’s Reading class, where her 10th classroom rule is “Take responsibility for your actions- #save the excuses”.  Mrs. Mack’s 6th grade nomination illustrates that we all make mistakes, but the most important thing is to learn from the mistake by taking ownership and moving on.  A few weeks ago, Shaniya made a bad choice in class. What impressed and stood out to Mrs. Mack was that “she owned it, made no excuses and did not attempt to argue with me.  She asked if I wanted her to call her mom, and I was surprised by her question and answered….sure.  I stepped outside with her and listened to her tell her mother what she had done.  This was taking responsibility.  She took both teacher and mother consequences without complaint, and she apologized without asking.  Shaniya is learning to be a more principled person by taking responsibility for her actions!”

We are so proud of all our students!!

The following teachers ALSO list Principled as their primary MYP trait:

  • Clark
  • Colon
  • Donald
  • Farthing
  • Fisher
  • Hatzer
  • Herndon
  • Leonard
  • Mack
  • McGuire
  • Miller
  • Nicholson
  • Parker

January MYP Trait is OPEN-MINDED.


November’s MYP Profile trait was Communicators – We express ourselves confidently and creatively in various ways. We listen to other perspectives and collaborate effectively with both individuals and groups. Congratulations to the following 7th and 8th graders who displayed their strong communication styles in class this past month!

Shayna Green, Jadenpaul Albay, Tikai Haney, Kaitlyn Stamey and Maralee Thompson

7th graders:

Kaitlyn Stamey and Maralee Thompson were both recognized as effective and positive communicators in class.  Mrs. Aycock noted that Kaitlyn always has a ready smile and a great attitude for learning.  “Kaitlyn is a leader and expresses herself in many ways including academically, using technology to teach her classmates new concepts she has learned.”  Dr. Jones, Civics teacher, took note of Maralee when he interviewed students at their tables. “She is very good at describing what she has learned from my assigned readings.  Maralee presents herself knowledgably, and communicates the subject matter clearly.”

8th graders:

Three 8th graders stood out to their teachers in November for expressing ideas and information in their own unique way.  Jadenpaul Albay does not hesitate to listen patiently to both the ideas and opinions of peers and adults. Ms. Henderson, Jadenpaul’s HS Physical Science teacher, observed that he “possesses and shares a large storehouse of information and experiences.  This sharing of knowledge facilitates increased classroom discussions, and often the generation of new or different ideas.”  Tikai Haney has Mrs. Scarvers for both Reading and Robotics this year. She shared that Tikai is very confident and outspoken in both classes, using eye contact and offering that big smile of his! “He uses his extensive vocabulary to elaborate his points in Reading, and uses his expressive hands on tactics, and animated voice to communicate with his team in Robotics.”  Sra. Colon enthusiastically nominated Shayna Green because of her confidence and positive communication skills.  “Even though Spanish is not her 1st language, Shayna speaks with confidence and collaborates with her classmates on material they don’t understand.”

Way to go!  You make Jewett Academy proud!

December’s MYP Profile trait is PRINCIPLED


Congratulations to our October MYP THINKERS!  MYP Thinkers use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems.

Tristan Hendry, Mai Xian Liang-Danio, Chloe Blocker, Jailyn Williams and Noah Winn

Teachers nominated their MYP THINKERS, and it was very difficult to select from so many strong candidates. The following students were selected as Jewett Academy’s MYP learner profile students.

Ms. Nicholson thought of 8th grader Chloe Blocker as the ideal candidate to reflect our MYP Thinker trait because Chloe consistently pushes her peers and teacher to do their best work possible. “Chloe’s brain works so fast! Her brain is always ON, and she is getting better and better at knowing how to use it to her full advantage and potential.”

7th graders Tristan Hendry and Mai Xian Liang-Danio were selected this month as displaying strong classroom Thinking skills.  Mr. Ostberg noted in Math class Mai always seems to come to the correct answer to complex word problems by finding creative solutions. He also states that Mai shows strong abilities to think critically and analyze with ease.  Tristan was nominated by both Ms. Donald and Mrs. Aycock.  They both recognize his super “outside the box” approach.  In Algebra Honors, Tristan expands his learning of math concepts by applying them to real world situations.  In Mrs. Aycock’s Accelerated Science class, she shared that Tristan demonstrates a vast knowledge of science and is constantly questioning new outcomes and possibilities.

Our 6th grade selected Thinkers are Noah Winn and Jailyn Williams.  In Art class, Mrs. Bonadies noticed that Noah takes every instruction and comment in class to a higher level.  He demonstrates that he is continually analyzing what is occurring around him.  Lastly, Jailyn was also recommended by two teachers for her outstanding thinking skills.  Mrs. Aycock shared that Jailyn is a student who goes above and beyond to analyze new data being taught in class. In Mrs. Kendrick’s History class, Jailyn displays strong thinking skills and is also a conscientious learner.  In addition, she strives to help others in class understand the assignment as well.

Way to go students!!!   Get ready for next month!

November MYP Learner trait is Communicators.


Congratulations to our September MYP KNOWLEDGEABLE students!  Knowledgeable MYP students explore ideas and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge.  They engage both locally and globally, sharing their understanding with others.

Jalen Hairston, Sarahlee Orphe, Alexis Hernandez, Alexis Cashdollar and Jackson

Teachers nominated their MYP Knowledgeable students, and it was very difficult to select from so many strong candidates. The following students were selected as Jewett Academy’s MYP learner profile students.

8th graders Jalen Hairston and Jackson Holby made an impact in the classroom this past month.  Mrs. Colon noticed how inquisitive Jalen is in Spanish class.  He wants to learn and is not afraid to ask questions. He takes it upon himself to go above and beyond, learning new Spanish words outside what is assigned, which he then shares with Mrs. Colon and his class.  Jackson puts his knowledge in action during Physical Science Honors.  Mrs. Henderson noted that Jackson draws upon his prior knowledge, both from life experience and his extensive information from reading outside of class, to apply to projects and issues discussions in class.

Two 7th grade girls knocked it out of the park this past month displaying their knowledge in Math and Speech & Debate class.  Alexis Cashdollar was nominated by Mr. Ostberg because he noticed that she continually knows terminology and math concepts that her classmates struggle with or view as new.  Although quiet in her personality, Alexis is one of the first students with her hands up to answer questions and share knowledge in class.  Mrs. Mack is teaching a new class at Jewett Academy this year called Speech and Debate. She says “Sarahlee (Orphe) grasps the concepts taught in class quickly and utilizes skills she has learned in other classes.” She is also impressed with Sarahlee because she sees her mentoring and sharing knowledge with others in the class. 

Lastly, 6th grader Alexis Hernandez has shown Mrs. Shoffner what an incredible person he is. She notes “Alexis is always asking me if he can help others in Spanish class.  He wants to share his prior knowledge of the language with others.”  She has seen Alexis help students in a variety of ways, whether it’s with pronunciation, translating or giving his input, he always goes above and beyond to help classmates understand.

Way to go!! 

The following Jewett Academy teachers also earn the title of “Knowledgeable” as their strongest MYP Learner Profile trait.

  • Baird
  • Jacobs
  • Johnson

October MYP Learner trait is THINKER.


Congratulations to our August MYP student INQUIRERS!  MYP Inquirers nurture their own curiosity and know how to learn both independently and with others.

Bryan Olmert, Lylah Baird and Allan Rivera

6th grader, Bryan Olmert caught Mrs. Bonadies’ attention the first week of school. She noticed his curiosity and attentive eyes for every process developed and learned in class. She noted that Bryan also helps his classmates and works to find solution for class organization in Art class.

 Mrs. Aycock says that 7th grader Allan Rivera “is the perfect example of an Inquirer.”  Not only is Allan’s work in Accelerated Science class top level, but he volunteers to create Kahoots games to help his classmates study vocabulary science skills.

 8th grader, Lylah Baird was selected from Mrs. Henderson’s Honors Physical Science class because she displays a natural curiosity to learn even more than what is being taught, and is enthusiastic with a positive attitude each day.

Way to go!! 

The following Jewett Academy teachers also earn the title of “Inquirer” as their strongest MYP Learner Profile trait.

  • Aycock
  • Colon
  • Flood
  • Henderson
  • Kendrick
  • Kozlowski
  • Lippett
  • Ostberg
  • Coach Paige
  • Pascoa
  • Torres
  • Vaughn

September MYP Learner trait is: KNOWLEDGEABLE