At the other end of the spectrum and everywhere in between the staff have had an equal impact on our most senior students. In a single day’s time I have the opportunity to travel from our kindergarten hallways and beyond to see the exact same growth in our seniors as they get ready to leave high school and transition to the next adventures that await them. They also exude confidence in their recent accomplishments but still remain a bit apprehensive as to what is around the next corner. After spending thirteen years within the security of the school community our students are finally ready to soar on their own.
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the obstacles they will face. From their first days of kindergarten we do our best to prepare them to face adversity and overcome always knowing that they are determined to reach the point of graduation and fly. Their true readiness to succeed in the future is not able to be gauged by assessments at the end of the year but is best observed in every day’s accomplishments. To ensure that we can fully celebrate the end of their journey those of us in the education field must ensure that from the first day of school each year it is a priority to reinforce their talents, maximize their opportunities, expand their confidence, and illuminate their achievements.
I extend to all seniors my congratulations and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, whether it’s furthering your education, serving our country in the military, or entering the work force. Always remember to pay forward and make the world a little better than you found it.