Today marks the end of the 5th day of classes for our students. That means we’ve done ONE FULL WEEK! Congratulations to our students, teachers, staff and parents.
In addition to 5 days of classes, we had 4 teacher days before and another day of student registration. And on top of that, many of us have worked other days as well.
I wish I could say I have some amazing great reflection or analysis of those days, but, alas, that’s not the case. But I can share a few observations.
- I love teenagers! It really is true.
In the last few weeks, I’ve had students make me laugh and make me cry (in a good way). I’ve worked with students who gave up their last days of summer to help us get ready for school. Their commitment, energy, and enthusiasm is contagious. I love working with them!
- Attitude matters! It’s amazing how two people can have vastly different experiences with the same situation. So often that depends on their attitude. I know we can’t always be positive all the time, but trying to be positive when you can makes such a difference.
- Excitement is contagious. I love watching excitement for learning move in a school. You can almost see it flow down the hall from child to child and room to room.
- Communication is key. Knowing what is happening and why it is happening makes all the difference. Being on the same page is possible when people communicate effectively.
- Asking for help is essential. I will be the first to admit I like to be in control and do things myself. I struggle with asking for help. But I have had to do that in the last few weeks, and what a difference it has made! We’ve all heard the saying TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More. I can say that asking for help and working with people is a great way to make that happen.
I am SO excited about what this school year is going to bring. We have new administrators, new teachers, new staff, and of course, the 1780 students who show up everyday to learn. Granted not every student (or adult) is at his/her best everyday, but we’re still there and in this together.
May 2017-18 be the best school year yet!