Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2001

Principal looks back at school year

June 7, 2001

We have all come to realize that throughout our lives, there are changes. Sometimes these changes are good and sometimes they aren't. It is like dwelling in the past and remembering "them good old days." As much as I hate to say this, I can remember my parents telling me about back when. In fact, I have reflected on my past much to my children's delight. Their reaction is the same as yours, who cares, which is the point.

I found some quotes from 1959 that I would like to share with you and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. This also falls under the category or who cares or even remembers.

1. Have you seen the new cars? It won't be long when $5,000. will only buy a used one.

2. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?

3. If they raise the minimum wage to a $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

4. Who would have guessed that gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon. We would be better off to leave it in the garage.

In education, you have very little time to dwell on the past or reflect about what has happened. In fact, if you aren't moving on to the next item or subject, valuable time has passed. I am taking time now to look over this past school year and in some ways I am extremely happy. but there are things that we can improve.

I believe that we have many great accomplishments to be thankful for. For this I would like to recognize all teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff who made this possible. I would like to especially recognize Ty Carlson. Carlson has been our head custodian for the past six years and has chosen to enter retirement. During those years, Carlson has kept EWE one of the cleanest and nicest schools in the district. We are going to miss him greatly. Ty, good luck and thank you.

No school year would be successful if it weren't for the children. We have a high percentage of students who work hard in academics. There were more than 240 students who earned the right to go to Worlds of Fun which says a lot for dedication to good behavior. I would like to share information regarding the Iowa tests that we took but I have just received the data and have not had time to break it down. One of the greatest pleasures I enjoy is watching your children grow and mature into young adults. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for getting to be with your children. Sure there have been tough times, but I can assure you that the good times have far outweighed the hard times.

I also believe that you, the parents, should be recognized for your efforts. For the many parents who spend the time needed for your child's success, give yourself a pat on the back because these efforts will pay off. It is easy to identify students who have parents involved. I realize and understand busy schedules and working, but summer is approaching fast. Hey, if you haven't been able to spend as much time with your child because of work or other commitments, there is no time like now to do this because it is never too late.

I would like to offer a few suggestions for you to do with your children over the summer. Perhaps the most important suggestion is to make sure that your child keeps his or her brain active. This will require a little work and won't happen if they veg out watching television or playing their game boys. Did you realize that reading a book only 30 minutes a day will help keep them sharp? If you would like to combine learning and family time, go to a museum together or a historical site. If we invest time over the summer, the beginning of the school year will go much smoother for everybody.

Since this is the last week of school, I would like to, once again, thank the parents who supported our efforts and the community for all they have done. Often times a town is measured by the education it provides, and I can say without hesitation that we have a wonderful school system. Thanks and have a wonderful summer.

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