In the Spring of 2019, the London City School District published its Portrait of a Graduate, which highlights the key skills and attitudes necessary for district graduates to have success in college and careers. Our district uses the Portrait of a Graduate to help design meaningful teaching and learning experiences for our students.
The following students were recognized during the September Regular Board of Education meeting for substantially demonstrating the district’s Portrait of a Graduate. Congratulations to each of these students!
Sydney (8th) and Mila Powell (8th) - London Middle School
For the past three years, Syndey and Mila have actively participated in the co-curricular club's Vex Robotics, Future Problem Solvers of America (FPSA), and Ohio Stem Learning Networks Design Challenge. Vex Robotics and associated competitions foster skills and capitalize on the motivational effects of competitions and robotics to help all students create an identity as STEM learners. Competitions are also a great way to expose students to valuable soft skills like communication, collaboration, time management, fun, and authenticity. In contrast, FPSA & OSLN organizations are dedicated to students working independently or in groups to develop creative solutions to current local, national and global problems. Students who participate prepare research and presentations to compete on a state level against other students in their age range across the state. Last year the LMS team won the Central Ohio Regions student choice award for most creative design/solution.
As such, Sydney and Mila's participation in these co-curricular STEM programs require research, technology, communication, failure, and success. They actively apply this same skill set in the classroom by taking several HS-level courses (i.e., Geometry, Honors ELA, and Art Foundations) requiring a dedicated, skilled level in literacy, numeracy, and technology, as well as the ability to be flexible and adaptable. In the end, they both hold merit-honor roll distinctions.
Also, Sydney and Mila's dedication to learning extends beyond STEM and the classroom; They are both active National Junior Honor Society members and volunteers at the London Help House. Beyond service learning, Syndey and Mila showcase exceptional sportsmanship on and off the field as they are student-athletes in Basketball, Softball, and Soccer.
Ethan (10th) and Nicholas Robinette (9th) - London Unlimited
Ethan, a sophomore, and Nicholas, a Freshman, are both enrolled in the London Unlimited program. These two students exemplify what it means to be a London High School student as well as a London Unlimited student. Both boys have been LU students for the last three years and are excelling academically. They always work on track and are very responsible. They are assertive and advocate for themselves. Ethan and Nicholas take ownership of their learning and utilize the suggested schedule that is provided by the course instructor but know that flexibility is built within each day and use this to their advantage.
Abbey Patterson (12th) - London High School
Abbey is ranked 3rd in the class of 2023 and has a 4.31 GPA. She has been on Merit Honor Roll all three years of high school, she is the president of the London Chapter of the National Honors Society, she participates in Girls Soccer, and is the Field Director of the Marching Band. Abbey also has been a class officer holding the positions of vice president and treasurer.
Abby is a pleasure in the building. She always has a smile on her face. She is respectful to everyone she encounters. With all of the extra-curricular responsibilities, Abbey shows she is flexible and adaptable with her school and personal schedule. She must communicate with the band and her teammates, along with her teachers in all of her advanced classes. Her work ethic in and out of the classroom showcases her critical, creative thinking, and problem-solving capabilities and will make her a successful person in her career choice. Abbey is currently planning on attending college to major in Middle Childhood Education.