Lantana Middle Student Earns “Character Now!’

Lantana Middle Student Earns “Character Now!’ Recognition While Battling Brain Cancer
Posted on 01/05/2022
Sendline Simplice

At Lantana Middle School, a sixth grade student serves as a source of inspiration, hope, and positivity for her peers and school staff members. Sendline Simplice is known for always having a smile on her face at school despite what she faces outside of the classroom, including doctor visits and hospital stays as she battles brain cancer.

“Sendline is a leader on campus. She is kind, conscientious, and responsible. Her positive attitude and perseverance is admirable,” said Jordan Peterson, the Single School Culture coordinator. “You would never know the battle she is fighting. Sendline has brain cancer, but she refuses to let it define her. Despite missing school for appointments, including a stay at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis [Tennessee] last month, Sendline has earned Honor Roll for the second quarter in a row.”

Being responsible by maintaining good grades and serving others as a Safe School Ambassador through significant health challenges earned Sendline recognition in the District’s Character Now! Program in December.

“I am very excited and feel very proud,” Sendline said, noting that she gets her positive outlook from her family who support her when she doesn’t feel well. "All of my teachers are really nice and I'd rather be in school than at home all day.”

The District’s character recognition program called Character Now!, was updated this year to incorporate new state standards with existing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) initiatives.

The following are the themes for Character Now!:

• Showing empathy and kindness.
• Being responsible.
• Having a growth mindset.
• Demonstrating trustworthiness.
• Demonstrating respect.
• Being a good citizen.

Students are provided with instruction in the standards through the SEL and PBS initiatives. They are then recognized by their schools for demonstrating the character themes. 

The following standout students were also recognized by their schools in December:

Name: Maya Anderson
School: Tradewinds Middle
Character trait: Having a growth mindset.

Name: Stephanie Atkinson
School: Crestwood Middle
Character trait: Showing empathy and kindness.

Name: Bryson Bedford
School: Lake Park Elementary
Character trait: Being responsible.

Name: Tiedra  Brown
School: Royal Palm Beach Community High
Character trait: Demonstrating respect.

Name: Isabella Caceres
School: H.L. Johnson Elementary
Character trait: Demonstrating respect.

Name: Kohl Hobbs
School: Jupiter Community High
Character trait: Showing empathy and kindness.

Name: Gavin Kesser
School: Christa McAuliffe Middle
Character trait: Being responsible.

Name: Hanna Khan
School: Calusa Elementary
Character trait: Being responsible.

Name: Ella Kim
School: Palm Beach Virtual
Character trait: Being responsible.

Name: Diego Morales
School: Palm Beach Central High
Character trait: Being a good citizen.

Name: Jayden Phipps
School: Eagles Landing Middle
Character trait: Showing empathy and kindness.

Name: Leo Wolf
School: Egret Lake Elementary
Character trait: Being responsible.

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