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A Message from Superintendent Hilling: Spring Break Allows Us to Recharge and Reflect

Spring recess is the last break in the school year. When we return to school on April 24 we begin the race to the finish.

Our teachers will be completing their curriculums, and making certain that student learning is at the place it should be as the school year ends. Our spring sports will be in full swing (baseball/softball joke) concluding their season as the school year ends.

In early June our 12th graders, along with their families will celebrate the completion of their K-12 education, and begin looking forward to new adventures including college, careers and military service. It is an exciting time for them as they participate in prom, honors night, commencement and graduation parties.

It is the “seasons of the school year” that has always been a part of my life. The exciting beginning of the year when students return to school, teachers return to their classrooms and we all look forward to an outstanding year of education.

Then we quickly move into the first real break in the school year with Thanksgiving break followed by the our winter recess. It is a wonderful time of year, where we hold holiday concerts and celebrations, along with coming together to help those less fortunate in our communities.

Next comes the season between returning from winter break to the recess we will begin at the end of the day on Thursday.

These crucial breaks (seasons) in the school year allow students and teachers to recharge their batteries, assimilate what has been accomplished, and prepare for the next season. The season between spring break and the end of the year is the one that sums up how well we have all done.

Although this has been a challenging year for our finances which resulted in reductions in staff at mid-year and the loss of programs, it has still been a successful year for our students. We want them to concentrate on learning, not on how our school budget is doing. Despite this, these students continue to impress us with their hard work, dedication and resilience in conquering the world around them. Every issue of the Monitor has highlighted the great things our students and staff are accomplishing daily - and we all look forward to seeing even more during this last season of the 2016-2017 school year.