As we conclude yet another school year in St. Marys Area School District, it is fitting that we acknowledge the work of our administrators, teachers, support staff, school police officer, students, parents and community for the collaboration and efforts to continue keeping public schools safe and strong in rural Pennsylvania.
This past month was full of activities, field trips, award ceremonies, Olympics, Keystone assessments, banquets, musical presentations and so much more. I hope you were able to participate in some of these wonderful events.
On May 30th 178 Middle School students walked to the stage to accept their “promotion” to the high school at the annual 8th Grade Matriculation. Mr. Rob Schreiber was the Master of Ceremony and the audience enjoyed music from the MS Band and Chorus. We were also honored to have Mr. Wortman, Principal of the building, entertain us with a message in a song.
On May 31st 182 seniors received their St. Marys Area High School diplomas. Dr. Williams presented his annual video of the graduates. We wish all of our graduates much success in their future endeavors. These are just a couple of the events that conclude the school year here in the district. At the elementary level it is filled with awards, talent shows and outdoor activities. Great group of leaders in this district and they make us all proud because of their dedication to public education and our students.
It is and has been an honor to serve as the district Superintendent and I am forever grateful to work with such dedicated people who care about the safety and education of our students. At the matriculation, Sarah Casey, the 8th grade Class President stated that life is full of hellos and good-byes and that life is about attitude. What a wise young leader and such a profound message for the conclusion of this school year. I look forward to 2013-14 school year and meeting our new incoming kindergarten students.
Today, June 1st, we begin analyzing data and information to prepare for another school year using this information to keep growing and getting better at what we do here in the district. PSSA initial scores will be available to districts around the middle of this month and Keystone results in mid-July. These scores are what we use to drive instruction…but not totally because we know that a well rounded education is the most important thing in the success of our students. We do follow all state and federal mandates and work to offer a well-rounded academic curriculum.
Please enjoy your summer and spend quality time enjoying your family.
I’d like to add this to my blog because I read this on my wall each day. It is great advice for those graduating and those entering high school. It also has great meaning for all ages.
Bonnie Mohr states in her writing called Living Life:
“Life is not a race-but indeed a journey.
Say, “thank you”, “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day.
Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.
Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper.
Love your life and what you’ve been given, it is not accidental-search for your purpose and do it as best you can.
Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be.
Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free.
Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming.
Forgive, it frees the soul.
Take time for yourself–plan for longevity.
Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know.
Live for today, enjoy the moment.
If you are still reading I’d like to add something about my personal life.
I have had a tragedy in my personal life that has truly broken my heart. Our 2 year old granddaughter, our African Princess-as she so noted, Marra Frehiwot Olsson, died on May 18th. She was run over in a parking lot in a freak accident. She was adopted from Ethiopia and was dearly loved by all who knew her. I share this because the school district where Marra Freh’s siblings attend is a public school in Frederick, Maryland. They, too, exhibited the loving support that our schools have done when tragedy has struck some of our district families. Schools are indeed extended families. We witnessed this during this past school year in Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary and most recently in Oklahoma after the tornado. Teachers and support staff in both instances protected their students. I take this moment to honor the employees of our district and those across our nation who work tirelessly to keep public schools safe and meaningful.
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”― Flavia Weedn
The support from our school community has moved my heart and helped to lift me up to meet my responsibilities as the district leader during this final week of 2012-13 school year.