Mr. Hirsh Recognized as FCPS Cares of the Month Recipient!
November's FCPS Cares Region 2 Recipient
Congratulations to school counselor Maurice Hirsh on being recognized as the November FCPS Cares Recipient of the Month for Region 2 by the Department of Human Resources. Congratulations, Mr. Hirsh!
Below is the write up submitted by Ms. Mejia, a colleague of Mr. Hirsh.
In the short time that Mr. Hirsh has worked here at Justice High School, he has had an enormous impact on our school and community. His positive influence shows when he greets students and staff with smiles and high fives each and every day. In only two years at Justice High School, he has built positive relationships with our students and staff and has managed to quickly earn the trust of our non-English speaking students; assuring them language is never a barrier to success. His open-door policy makes students feel free to see him any time and when they arrive he always makes himself available to help, even for students who are not on his caseload. In any situation, his calm demeanor and sense of humor help to defuse difficult or upset students, and with his guidance, allows them the opportunity to think through their behavior. He is willing to do anything handed to him, including last-minute student requests or registrations. He welcomes newcomers and ensures new students have the supplies they need. He also ensures families are filling out lunch application forms, metro bus applications and matches them up with student ambassadors to make sure their first days at Justice go smoothly. Mr. Hirsh realized early on that the great majority of his newcomer students were not just new to the United States, but often new to their own families. Because of this, he created a group, consisting of male students, to talk about how it feels to be reunited with their family and how to deal with the issues that arise due to these circumstances. This “Reunification Group” has been a great resource and comfort to those students. He is truly a breath of fresh air and an immense asset to both Justice High School and the Justice Community.