Yep, that is me in the photo above. This picture was taken on September 7, 1982 on my first day of kindergarten. By the crossed arms one might assume that I didn't want to go to school, didn't want my photo taken, didn't want to carry that goofy looking bag or was upset that my mom made me wear that awful shirt. However, if my memory serves me right, I didn't want to start "growing up" and wanted to stay home to play in the yard. Thankfully, I went to a school that embraced childhood, cherished me deeply, and fostered my growth academically, socially and emotionally. Those caring adults made the start to my new adventure memorable.
In about two weeks we'll welcome several students back to school. Each of these students bring a unique background and story through the schoolhouse gate. Parents, we want you to know that we strive each and every day to provide your students with an experience of a lifetime. Students, we want you to know that we cherish every moment with you and work hard to ensure you receive a "top notch" education. Community members, we want you to know that we appreciate your support and trust in doing the work we love to do. We are committed to all students regardless of background or story.
Having children in this district provides another vantage point to the beginning of the school year. This year I will have a senior, 7th grader, 2nd grader and 1st grader attending school. I can remember my mom telling me that the older you get the faster time goes by. Obviously, growing up, I didn't believe her. I just wanted to be 16, 18, 21, etc... and it seemed like forever to reach each milestone. Throughout time, mom was proven right again. Time does go by faster and faster as I age. Quite frankly, I don't like it!
So, why the title Days to Cherish? Here is why...
- We get one opportunity to educate each child in each stage of their educational journey.
- We get one opportunity to raise our children.
- We get one opportunity to see our children off to their very first day of school.
- We get one opportunity to see our children participate in athletics, fine arts and other ventures.
- We get one opportunity to help our children on their educational journey.
- We get one opportunity to guide our children throughout their junior high and senior high years.
- We get one opportunity to help our children through childhood conflicts.
- We get one opportunity to steer our children through the complexities of adolescence.
- We get one opportunity to see our children through high school graduation.
- We get one opportunity to live this life.
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Days to Cherish...you betcha!