It’s hard to believe that we are already 3/4 of the way through this school year! This time of year brings a whirlwind of activities and, more importantly, students’ academic and social growth.
From mandatory state testing to numerous special events, the calendar is often full of activity and busyness. The remaining weeks until the semester ends can be chaotic, stressful and rewarding—as well as a great time to recognize student achievement—whether that be through grades and academic progress, in the sports’ arena or on the stage.
As educators, we continue to focus on the mission of teaching, being core value driven in all we do. By realizing that education is a lifelong process that occurs both inside and outside of the classroom, we strive to provide activities and programs that help develop well-rounded students.
Teaching is more than simply pushing facts, it also includes helping our students develop the social skills that are so critical. In addition to the age-appropriate content, our curriculum for all levels of students incorporates skills such as problem solving, decision making and creative thinking. By encouraging teamwork, self-esteem, compassion and an understanding of the larger world around them, we believe our students will be best suited for whatever path they choose.
As I attend the numerous plays, concerts, sports events and award recognitions that fill our schedules this time of year, I am impressed by our students who take part. They “step out,” taking the risk of being on stage or on a playing surface in front of hundreds. Students who push themselves academically to finish the year strong also are to be commended. These students are inspiring examples of true learning and growth.
John C. Hamstra
Southwest Local Schools
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