Adrianna Chico Evans (ACE) Family Fund

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As you are painfully aware, this academic year our school community suffered the loss of a respected and beloved teacher, Mrs. Adrianna Evans.

Since Adrianna’s passing, I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside her father, Mr. Bob Chico, building what has become known as the Adrianna Chico Evans (ACE) Family Fund.  The mission of this foundation is simple: To honor Adrianna by recognizing and rewarding excellence exhibited by teachers who perform, achieve, and excel in the field of education.  Due to the diligence and commitment of a number of individuals, including teachers, parents, and respected professionals in the Morgantown community, what began as a vision a mere four months ago has now become reality.  The volume of work amassed in the recent four months toward the ACE Family Fund has been extensive, for the surety that our labors are not in vain, but rather implemented in the academic year of Adrianna’s death.

Because of these efforts, the nomination window for the inaugural ACE Award, which will be granted to ONE SFdSCCS K-8 teacher at the end of each academic year, is now open and will remain open from March 15 – April 30.  Thereafter, the nominees will be compiled for the ACE governing board to review.  For the pledge of fairness and elimination of bias, it is worthy to note that the ACE governing board consists solely of non-SFdSCCS members.  I, nor any other faculty/staff member of SFdSCCS, will have voting influence on the selected winner.

 

2022 Teacher Nominations
March 15 – April 30
Open the Nomination Form Here
*see below for important nomination information 

 

2022 ACE Award Presentation
Wednesday, May 25th
6:00 – 7:15 pm
School Gym

Some important questions and answers pertaining to the ACE Award can be found below:

 

Who can nominate a teacher for the ACE Award?

Current parents, students, and faculty/staff members may nominate a teacher for this award.

What teachers are eligible for nomination?

All full-time K-8 lead teachers are eligible for nomination.  This includes elementary, middle, and specials teachers.

How many teachers is a family allowed to nominate?

Only one teacher per household may be nominated.  If you have multiple children enrolled at different grade levels, only one teacher may still be nominated.  If multiple teachers are nominated from the same household (by accident or otherwise), then only the first nomination form will be accepted.

What will the recipient of the ACE Award receive?

The winner of this award will receive a monetary gift in the amount of $2,500.  Furthermore, the recipient’s name will be engraved on an ACE Award plaque, which will be displayed on a wall in our main entrance area.

Where does the money for the ACE Family Fund come from?

The ACE Family Fund monies have, up to this point, been solicited through private donations.  There will, however, be a designated school Mass offering for those who wish to contribute to the fund.  That date will occur during the Lenten season and will be announced in the near future.

Can there be multiple winners in the same year?

No.  There will only be one winner per year.

How many years will there be an ACE Award?

There is no end in sight.  The ACE Foundation is working to ensure perpetuity for this award, so that it remains as long as SFdSCCS is open.

Can a teacher win the ACE Award more than once?

No.  Once a teacher has won the award and his/her name is on the plaque, then he/she will not be eligible for the award in the future.

Does my family have to nominate a teacher for the ACE Award?

Absolutely not.  The nomination of a teacher is strictly voluntary and is not mandatory.

When will the ACE Award be announced?

On the evening of Wednesday, May 25, from 6:00-7:15, the presentation will be held in the School Gymnasium.  More details will be communicated as we get closer to that date.

Who is allowed to attend the ACE Award event?

All faculty and staff will be in attendance at the event.  In addition, current families (including parents and students) are invited to attend.  An RSVP will be sent a few weeks prior to the event, for proper planning.

How do I nominate a teacher for the ACE Award?

Simply open this nomination link 2022 ACE Award Nomination Form and respond to the questions.  Please note that once you are complete with the form and click “submit” then there will be no opportunity to edit the form.

 

By all standards, Adrianna was a person “for others.”  In an organic fashion, the price of her humility and genuineness as an educator has given rise to her name attached to an award that is “for other teachers.”  Unquestionably, she would be embarrassed to have an award in her name if she were here.  That was the nature of her character.  However, in typical Adrianna fashion, she would forgo her uncomfortability knowing that the winner would be rewarded with a significant ($2,500) cash prize.  And it is refreshing to know that as bright as her light shone on earth, it will continue to shine through the prestigious ACE Family Fund Award.