NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex Middle School Principal Vee Popat and West Essex Middle School Assistant Principal Lisa Tamburri have announced the four students of the month for December, 2014.

The 7th Grade Students of the Month are:

Julianna Mirabile
Juliana is a positive force in the school community. She has great study habits, often takes a leadership role and advocates for herself and others in the classroom. She is a wonderful role model for her peers. Juliana is a resident of Fairfield and enjoys baking cupcakes. She also plays field hockey for West Essex and club teams.

Aidan Barrett
Aidan is a bright and respectful young man. He is hard working, attentive to detail, and always responsible. Aidan continues to challenge himself and others. He is the best possible version of a seventh grade student. Aidan is a resident of Roseland and plays soccer for Middle School and club teams and also plays lacrosse.

The 8th Grade Students of the Month are:

Lucas Schiffman
Lucas has done extremely well in all of his classes so far this school year. He is a thoughtful, inquisitive young man who always seems to go beyond what is asked and always seems to strive for excellence. He works well with his peers, and Lucas is a person who is always cognizant of the well-being of others. Lucas is a resident of North Caldwell and has been a member of the student council in the seventh and eighth grades. He also enjoys tennis and plays ice hockey for a club team in Montclair.

Sabrina Krasner
Sabrina is full of life and full of the love of learning. She truly gets excited to experience new things in the classroom, and her grades reflect her efforts. She cares deeply about those around her, and she has solid leadership qualities in and out of the classroom. Sabrina is a resident of Roseland and plays the clarinet in the Middle School Band. She is a member of the Middle School field hockey and basketball teams and plays lacrosse for a club team in Essex Fells.

Every month, West Essex Middle School will select four students to be recognized and honored as the Students of the Month. Two students from each grade will be selected and the selection for each month will come from one academic team at each grade level. Cross-teamed students will not be neglected and will also be included in the selection process.

To be selected as a Student of the Month, the middle school staff has decided to base candidates and selections on a review of the “whole” student not just the student with the best grades. Character traits such as honesty, perseverance, responsibility, integrity and leadership as well as a student’s academic qualities will be included in selecting students to be honored.

Honored students will have their pictures displayed in the middle school display case outside of the main office and on the middle school website. Honorees are also recognized during the morning announcements and receive a certificate recognizing their accomplishment, a “Student of the Month” locker magnet and a $5.00 Student Store Gift Card.