Monday, September 9, 2019

Start Lines and Finish Lines

Start lines and finish lines are great places! As an analogy, that may apply to a sunrise and sunset, the start and end to a song, the transition of seasons, the mysterious beginning and surprise ending to a good book, and many more. The start of a school year is exciting, fresh, and filled with the hope of what is to come next. The start of a day can be the same way with a positive mindset and willing attitude. The combination of those two is a milestone.

Last week’s start to the school year began a list of “firsts” that is celebrated overtly and more subtly. For me, the 33rd start of the school year was equal to any experienced and part of a new chapter. For many, pictures on that first day labeled with a new grade will one day be compared to others to show the physical growth that accompanies that of learning. Of course, the firsts with our kindergartners are very special. Similar moments are happening across the District when renewing teams, joining new clubs, and meeting new friends. (To view more pictures from the first week of school click here.)

“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.” 
– Maya Angelou

It has been a pleasure to enjoy firsts at West Genesee and begin to give back for the many opportunities and support I have had throughout my life. The welcome felt from students, families, and staff has been heartwarming. The kindness of everyone in the community has reiterated for me the “large school with a small school feel” that is repeatedly heard.

Thank you to everyone who has gone out of their way to say hello, and I look forward to meeting those with whom our paths have yet to cross. As my wife and I begin the transition to relocating within the community, I may see you at school events, restaurants, stores, or when out enjoying a run. I look forward to meeting you then.

It is worthy to note that our buildings are in peak shape following the months of preparation and upkeep. A very big thank you goes out to our building custodial, maintenance, and grounds workers who care for our facilities. This summer’s annual task of deep cleaning was accompanied by capital work that provided time challenges and logistical maneuvering. Their “behind the scenes” effort is imperative to our work. Thank you!

Have a great week!