Employee of the Month is Jill Guccini, Ridgefield High School librarian
RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield School District officials recognized the March Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting earlier this week.
The Employee of the Month is Jill Guccini. Guccini has been Ridgefield High School’s librarian for the past three years and is described as “a tremendous asset to the teaching staff.’’
“She has transformed the library into a place where students are welcome, engaged, and active. In addition, she is helpful, personable, and friendly to all,’’ read a release issued by the Ridgefield School District. “Jill works tirelessly to keep reading relevant and interesting for students. She recently created a “March Madness” bracket for books (relating it to the NCAA basketball tournament).’’
As one member of the English Language Arts Department put it, “Jill is always available to all staff and so many students every day. Just walking into the library at lunch says it all, but one week in particular, I saw her in action with my juniors as well. She came into my room and gave a terrific presentation on research and then for two days, helped them research in the library. She is so impressive! Not sure how she does it all.”
Students of the Month
Cash Hueneka, a second grader, is March’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School. Hueneka loves coming to school and is eager to learn. He comes into the classroom saying, “I love math.”
“He always raises his hand and is the first student to participate,’’ read the district’s news release. “He is a super listener, follows school rules and is always willing to help others. For these qualities, South Ridge proudly names Cash Hueneka as Student of the Month for March.’’
Crosby Cody, a first grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary. Cody is described as a positive role model for her classmates.
“She always has a smile on her face and has a positive attitude for learning,’’ read the district’s news release. “She works hard, asks questions, and always tries her best. In addition, she is kind, gentle and always has room for a new friend, willingly reaching out to others and making them feel welcome as a member of the classroom. The staff and students at Union Ridge are proud to congratulate Crosby Cody for March Student of the Month honors.
Elizabeth Farley, an eighth grader, is View Ridge Middle School’s Student of the Month. Farley is said to be a wonderful student to have in class.
“She completes every assignment with excellence. Her written work shows enthusiasm, effort and strong understanding of content,’’ read the district’s news release. “Elizabeth challenges herself to go above and beyond in the classroom, participating in discussions and asking questions for clarification and a better understanding. She works well in any group to which she is assigned and is a great lab partner. In addition, she is a leader in her lab group. Elizabeth is an outstanding role model and is a positive influence in the classroom. View Ridge Middle School is pleased to recognize Elizabeth Farley as March Student of the Month.’’
Leah Dixon, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School. Leah has been nominated by five different staff members this school year.
“As an independent student, she works to pay all of her living expenses. Despite her difficult path, she comes to school every day with a ‘can-do’ attitude, a warm smile and a huge heart,’’ read the district’s news release.’’
One staff member said: “Leah is beating the odds. She is a picture of resilience and responsibility. She is dedicated to completing her education while supporting herself (financially). There are multiple times when she could have taken a short cut, but she’s stayed the course.”
Another staff member added, “Leah is an amazing student! She comes to class every morning excited and ready to do work.”
Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsor, the historic Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge, a local Ridgefield business owned and operated by Terry Hurd. This is the fourth year that Hurd has provided funding to support the district’s recognition program.
Information provided by Ridgefield School District.