This 2017-2018 school year, which starts on August 23, will be my 13th year of teaching in my school district and 14th overall. I am very excited about the work we will be doing this year in preparing our middle schoolers not just for high school, but beyond as life-long learners. Looking forward to implementing the Modern Learning Framework of Mindfulness, Mastery and Contribution.
Our 2016-2017 school year ended on a really tragic note. Three days before our 8th grade promotion ceremony, our young and vibrant assistant principal passed due to bleeding of the brain. She was only 34 years old and left behind a husband and young daughter. Our entire staff and student body was devastated. Our 8th graders especially took it hard. The day we found out the news, we had administrators and counselors visit each of the classrooms to share the tragic news with the students. Students cried and consoled each other in the hallways the entire day. We had a celebration of life ceremony a couple weeks after the school year ended. Several hundred people from our small community came to honor our beloved JC. Her husband spoke briefly and his message was to make the most of your time and make a positive impact.
As year number 13 begins with new and old students, I look forward to guiding and shaping these young people to be contributors to their community well beyond their academic careers. I checked my box today and I found a note from one of my introverted young girls who blossomed and “came out of her shell”.