Principal’s Priorities ~ February
It is February in schools across the country. In St. Louis, we have been given the weather experience that those who live in North Dakota and Minnesota are given every year. It is always difficult to realize that there are simply many things that we have no control over. It is the human condition and we need to accept and adjust.
Believe me when I write that warmer weather is coming. One of the things we also cannot control is that June and July are getting closer every day. Soon, we will be complaining about it being too hot, and asking if there are more fans to bring comfort in times of oppressive heat.
Another thing we can’t control is also on its way. In the first week of March, our Junior Class will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam. The 4th through the 6th are the window days and I look forward to seeing what this year’s class can do. The MME is simply a test of what our students know. There is no pressure. If the students do the best they can, who are we to be disappointed? I was always one of the strange students. I looked forward to taking such tests. I wanted to know how I rated in comparison to my fellow students. I had the goal of attending college and becoming a teacher, so such tests were a part of the process to show others why I belonged in their college of higher learning.
This is also important for our juniors. As they are making plans for their senior year and beyond, they need to know that their performance on the MME matters. For many of them, the score will open doors to the colleges they are now just dreaming about. It is about showing what you have learned. It is not about perfection.
I have been very pleased with the progress of all classes in our high school. The teachers continue to focus on finding the best ways for all students to reach their potential. We continue to encourage, as you encourage your student to do their best each and every day. Many of our students are in the second half of their Winter Team activities. I am very impressed with the effort and success of our teams. I hear, every day, our athletes expressing their excitement and appreciation of their team and Shark success. It’s not all about winning every day. It is also about the fun and experience.
The beginning of second semester is a great time to revisit educational goals and family expectations. Talk to your students about what they will be satisfied with at the end of this school year. We accomplish what we talk about and plan for. Nothing happens without effort and a plan. Be as involved as you can be throughout the process, not just at the beginning and the end.
Spring is coming. The warmth of days in Aril and May need to be enjoyed and experienced. Having taken the time, and making the effort in February and March, make getting out and experiencing the great weather days more rewarding. Build the foundation now and enjoy the greater freedom later.
Let me end by sharing my realization that I believe that all of us are fully aware of what a “Polar Vortex” is. I’m a bit sad that we all know what it is, but new knowledge is good knowledge.
Mr. Chris Macklin
Principal, SLHS, GO SHARKS!
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