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 May, 2014.


The 7th Grade Students of the Month are: 

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  • Madison Ribeiro  
    Madison enters our classrooms every day with a big "hello" and a smile. She is a very diligent student who takes her school responsibilities seriously. She is respectful and conscientious and a true role model. She is a pleasure to be around. Madison, a resident of Fairfield, is a dancer who enjoys both jazz and hiphop and dances competitively with the Essex Dance Academy in Fairfield.   
  • Belmin Kolenovic  
    Belmin is a very thoughtful young man who always goes out of his way to help his peers and teachers. He is a dedicated student who is motivated to excel and who gives full effort to everything he does. He is a joy to have in class. Belmin, a resident of Fairfield, enjoys playing soccer and also plays the violin with the school orchestra. "The violin sounds very nice," he said. "I like classical music-it is very relaxing."


The 8th Grade Students of the Month are

  • Shaina Barreto  
    Shaina is a model student. She is kind, helpful, attentive and respectful, always prepared and works well alone and in groups. We love her! Shaina, a resident of Fairfield, plays the flute in the band. She also plays soccer for the school team and is a sprinter on the track team.   
  • Kaan Avci  
    Kaan has a great future ahead of him. he excels in all of his subjects. He has proven to be an excellent team player in the classroom, always helping others. He is kind and respectful, and always enters the classroom with a smile eager to learn. We love him! Kaan, a resident of Fairfield, is a sprinter on the school track team and plays recreational soccer.

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.