Heroes Down the Home Stretch

So here we are, finally staring down the last few weeks of school, and as I think back over the last ten months or so, the only thought that I can come up with is, wow, that was quite a year. I guess what I really want to share this week with all of you is a heartfelt thank you, and a joyous congratulations, for your Herculean and heroic efforts throughout arguably the most difficult year of our professional lives. It really has been a year like we’ve never seen before, and a year that we never could have imagined, and yet together we somehow found a way to navigate through it successfully, and keep our students happy, engaged, and learning…a Herculean and heroic effort indeed. 

The last ten months have certainly taken their toll on all of us that’s for sure, as our levels of anxiety have been constantly on high since day one. We never knew when a covid cluster would hit, or if one of us would get sick, and we learned some hard lessons around what it really means to be resilient and adaptable. When I stop and look back over it all, much of it seems like a blur honestly, and I’m left feeling a little dizzy and overwhelmed, but you know what, I feel a lot grateful and proud as well…we all should. We took on so much this year as a faculty, even with the pandemic playing havoc at times, and we should all take a few moments this week to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as a community. It’s really impressive actually how we’ve managed to keep committed to our goals as a school, and to use the lessons that we’ve learned to become better educators, better leaders, and in many ways, better people.

Besides saying a huge thank you for all that you’ve given to our kids and to each other throughout this craziest of years, I also want to implore all of us to finish strong, and to find just a little bit more strength to get through that final sprint. The last few weeks of a school year can be tough as you know, even in the best of times, as fatigue begins to set in, and as the onslaught of emotions that comes along with saying goodbye to students and colleagues and friends inevitably starts to knock us off balance. With all of that fatigue and emotion dragging us down we still have to be at our best with all that is still left to do…we need to find a way to finish strong, as hard as that may be. 

As tired as we all are, and as eager as we all are to get to the summer, the next three weeks will give us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all that has gone well in spite of it all. All of the personal and professional learning that we have obtained, all of the growth that we see with our students, all of the silver linings that have come out of this most unusual of school years, and all of the ways that we can take what we’ve learned this year and use them to make next year incredible, as we rise up better and stronger than ever. 

Thank you again to all of you, for your strength, resiliency, and unwavering commitment in the face of adversity…you truly are heroes…heroes down the home stretch. We’re almost there so let’s lean on each other and finish strong. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other. 

Quote of the Week…

If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s superheroes. 

-Guy Kawasaki

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