Affton Strong Student of the Month | February 2016

This school year we will once again be recognizing one Affton student each month for the things that make them Affton Strong, both in and out of school. Our Affton Strong Student of the Month for February is:

Isabella Behrle – Gotsch Intermediate School

Isabella is a fourth-grader at Gotsch Intermediate School and is proud to be Affton Strong! “Bella is Affton Strong by showing so many of our character traits. She is a dedicated student that always gives 110%,” said Julie Oceguera, fourth-grade teacher. “She is incredibly responsible and always has her work finished in a timely fashion, as well as additional projects that are assigned to her for enrichment. She is always willing to tutor her peers in a way that helps them to grow academically and socially. She broke both of her wrists not long ago, but didn’t let that stop her or slow her down! She continued to work and push herself to do her best.

“Bella has helped present in one or our staff development activities, as well as given her own time after lunch each day to assist the music teacher in helping the third-graders to learn their third grade dance. She is also involved in the community and in many extra-curricular activities such as dance and theater. I was fortunate enough to be able to see her opening night as she played Annie in the musical put on by Stages Jr.  It was amazing, just like Bella!”

Name: Isabella Behrle, age 10 (4th grade)
Parents: Dan and Suszanne Behrle
Sibling(s): Luke (1st grade)

What do you like best about Gotsch Intermediate School? The teachers, because they help us learn and they tell jokes.

What is your favorite subject? Science, because I like experimenting with new things. I really liked learning about rocks and minerals because people brought in rocks so we could see them, and then we were quizzedl

What is something you’ve learned lately? I learned that Mrs. Oceguera has a dog named Jim. It’s an ugly-cute dog. We saw her and Jim at PetCo.

Who is your favorite teacher you’ve ever had? Mrs. Oceguera. She tells us jokes, she’s really funny and she lets Bandit the ferret run around when we’re reading.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a scientist that cures diseases and discovers new species, like aliens.

What do you like to do for extracurricular activities or outside of school? I just finished playing Annie in Annie, Jr. at Stages Performing Arts Academy in Kirkwood. I act in my spare time, take voice lessons, and dance at the Professional Dance Center. I like acting best because I get to pretend to be someone else and it’s really fun to play around with creating characters.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you want to meet? I would want to meet my grandma. When I was born, she had a disease and didn’t know who I was, but my mom said that she was really, really nice and fun. I wish I could have known her.

What has been your proudest moment? Being Annie. It made me proud because usually I just dance, but someone recognized that I could sing, too. It was really fun, but challenging. The show was an hour long, and we had four performances, but we practiced for three months.

What do you want people to know about Affton Schools? They allow you to express yourself freely and you don’t have to wear uniforms. The teachers can be strict, but they’re usually really nice. We get alone time to read and do math and science and important stuff, but we also have recess twice a day to do fun things and let loose.

2015-2016 Affton Strong Students of the Month:

Jesssica Jones – Mesnier Primary 
Jessica Villmer – Gotsch Intermediate
Lanie Pointer – Rogers Middle
Tonyelle Temple – Affton High School
Ava Cacioppo – Mesnier Primary School

2014-2015 Affton Strong Students of the Month

2013-2014 Affton Strong Students of the Month