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PTA recognizes excellence, service

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Mr. Hernandez, center, was recognized for his volunteer and military service by Board member Mr. Brian Akers and Mrs. Maria Montell, secretary in the counselors office and PTSA board member. Photograph by Jaylee Cortes

Mr. Hernandez, center, was recognized for his volunteer and military service by Board member Mr. Brian Akers and Mrs. Maria Montell, secretary in the counselors office and PTSA board member. Photograph by Jaylee Cortes

Mr. Hernandez, center, was recognized for his volunteer and military service by Board member Mr. Brian Akers and Mrs. Maria Montell, secretary in the counselors office and PTSA board member. Photograph by Jaylee Cortes

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Founder’s night is a night to celebrate legacy, success and power of a leading voice speaking for all children. This event is designed to raise awareness for PTA’s achievements in three key ways: first, the night will share a legacy and vision of the founders; second, to enrich our community by celebrating success at our school sites; and third, to recognize our hard-working volunteers and community partners.

Jennifer Althouse, Band Booster president, received the Very Special Person Award, presented by Joel Lopez, the band director.

“She is constantly working whether it’s a Monday night at a bingo event or if she’s at the snack bar for a football game,” says Lopez.

Alicia Portillo, ROP culinary teacher, also received the Very Special Person Award, presented by Pam Heins, school counselor. Ms. Portillo has attends approximately 40 IEPs a year. Mrs. Heinz said, “She modifies each lesson for each student in her special ed class, and she is always eager to see what the parents need help with at home to help their child.” Most children in that particular class do not like to taste different foods. In her class she gets the kids to try different foods and do new things. She also has made the Day of the Teacher treats for the last three years, and she is a tremendous help to the PTA.

Mrs. Portillo took off her chef hat and served up smiles after receiving her award. Photograph by Jaylee Cortes.

Oscar Hernandez, ROP EMC teacher, received the Honorary Service Award from Maria Montell, counseling staff. Mr. Hernandez does an outstanding job at volunteering for causes, such as Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Make a Wish foundation. At a recent game the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Team also honored Mr. Hernandez as a service member of the military. He was a part of the fifteenth unit to step foot in Afghanistan right after the terror on the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. “Time to start my weekend with some volunteer service, because life is too short to be selfish,” Mr. Hernandez says on Facebook.

Jessica Morasco, chemistry teacher, also received the Honorary Service Award from Julie Rodriguez, PTA member. Mrs. Rodriguez told the story of her child who is in special-ed and wanted to join chemistry. Mrs. Morasco supported her child the whole way and made her feel successful. Unfortunately, Mrs. Morasco was not able to attend since she recently had a baby girl. Congratulations to her!

Michelle Klein, special education teacher, received the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by Amy Valencia, office aid, for showing outstanding aid over a long period of time. Mrs. Valencia went to tell how Ms. Klein helped of her child ademically by meeting with all of his teachers and pushing him to be his best, as well as giving him valuable life lessons. She has a class of 27 seniors.

“The Valencia family wouldn’t have made it without her, and when Noah walks across the stage in his blue gown, it will be because of her,” Mrs. Valencia expressed with tears.

Jaime Bauer, English teacher and ASB coordinator, received the continuing service award presented by Amanda Seibert, athletic trainer. Mrs.Seibert said, “Mrs. Bauer did an amazing job to revamp school spirit, influence more team cheering among an array of sports and ignite students to become more involved.” Mrs.Bauer also has coordinated chalk written on the floor to hype the football boys.

Jasmine Espinoza, senior, was presented with the student spirit award by Mrs. Klein.  Jasmine takes it upon herself to greet every special ed student as soon as they get off the bus and make sure they get to their class safely. She is a tremendous help to the special education classrooms and visits almost every single day.

Julian Carter, senior, was also presented with the Student Spirit Award by Mrs. Klein. Julian is academically talented and friendly to all.

“I have Julian in my study skills class. In my class, the students use their time doing my transition projects as well as work from other classes. When Julian completes his work, he immediately announces, ‘Okay, who needs help?’ He has a line of students going to him for help,” says Mrs. Klein.

Along with awards, the PTA includes a Reflections contest for students to enter with any visual art. This year’s theme was “In Reach.”

A number of students received recognition from the PTSA for their entries in the Reflections contest. Photograph by Jaylee Cortes.

Founder’s night ended in celebration with numerous pictures taken of staff and students who received awards. It is safe to say Founder’s Night was a success.

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