I never quite know how to feel about this time of year. On one hand, there is satisfaction in checking another 180 days of amazing learning off the list. Hopefully each of the 180 days brought many moments of joy for you and your students. There is so much excitement as the variety of student and staff celebrations are held. Each assembly, concert and commencement puts a smile on my face. There is summer to look forward to: a time to take a breath and recharge the batteries.
On the other hand, though, there are the sad good-byes to students and staff…and I’m horrible at good-byes. There is the taking down of bulletin boards and the storing away of learning materials. I find the look of empty classrooms to be a bit depressing. There is the end-of-year rush to get everything done as we already begin our planning for next year. I can see the stress on staff and student faces.
These ups and downs, highs and lows, can make me feel a bit manic this time of year. Those feelings make it all the more important to stay focused on the tasks at hand. In other words, finish strong.
The Daily Motivator, Ralph Marston says, “Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong by always remembering why you are doing it in the first place.” As we look to last day of the year, I want to take you back to our first day together, to Convocation. I promised you that I would be:
• Accountable and accessible by taking responsibility for my decisions and actions, and being available to our community;
• Committed and loyal to GFPS and its vision, mission and beliefs;
• Engaged by putting my attention towards our strategic plan and all the other important work that must take place in a first class school district; and
• Service by providing assistance and attention to those who need it.
I hope my work continues to come up ACES because our kids, our community and our future deserve it.
What did you promise on that first day? Why were you here in the first place? I know that as we move through these final days of the 2014-2015 school year, there will be distractions and detours. Hopefully, there will also be time to step back, to remember, to reflect upon our ultimate purposes. Let’s finish what we started.
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.