NEW! Virtual "Traveling Talks"
I am looking forward to continuing my "Traveling Talks" and invite you to join me in casual conversation about the future of Mt. Vernon Schools. While we will be using a virtual platform to meet, I don’t doubt that our time together will be engaging. Ask any questions you like. Register for one of our two meetings by clicking the dates below. For more information, click HERE. I look forward to seeing you on my screen soon!
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Many teachers can remember their first year when they developed ideas to impart knowledge to their students. It was extremely labor intensive. It became easier in the following years as teachers learned more ways to develop instruction and tie those strategies to student learning. What many teachers are doing now is much like their first year of teaching. Designing new lessons that can be delivered digitally takes an enormous amount of time. Not being physically with the student as he/she clicks on activities to do on their own is so difficult for teachers. Are they understanding what was provided? What questions do they have? Do they have the support at home to push through challenges?
Like Harper Lee wrote in her famous book, parents and guardians are getting a glimpse of what it is like to be a teacher. I am delighted to see that many are understanding just a little bit more about all the talents it takes to be a teacher.
I am thankful that fewer will take for granted what teachers do for our children and our families. We need to keep this going! For now I will simply say that our Mt. Vernon teachers have my gratitude and deep appreciation for what they do every day. Our teachers are amazing artists and scientists. I thank them for being a big part of MVCSC and also for their powerful influence in the lives of our students. Please help me recognize our teachers next week during Teacher Appreciation Week with a kind note or expression of gratitude. Staff, we will host an ice cream sundae bar to celebrate YOU as soon as we are able to be back in the buildings.
A Message for our MVHS Class of 2020
We take joy in the success of our seniors who have spent thirteen years learning and growing in our schools. The pride we have in our students knows no bounds. As their time in our schools comes to an end, we lament how this pandemic has impacted many of their celebrations. I am excited to learn what Principal Dodd and his team designs for a commencement ceremony as he works to finish conversations with our graduating seniors.
While we’re sad with the many losses in culminating experiences, these times will not define our seniors. We will all get through this pandemic and our seniors will move on to other ventures. However, that doesn’t mean that our hearts don’t go out to them for their loss. We will always remember the class of 2020 fondly and with respect for how our seniors have stepped up and handled this very difficult situation. For now, I challenge our seniors to have the best reunions of any graduating class ever! Let the class of 2020 write the book on how to support one another and to stay connected throughout their future years. Congratulations to our seniors on their wonderful accomplishments.