Dear LuHi student,
As I write this letter, my daughter, a soon-to-be 2nd grader, has fallen asleep after prayers to help her through the first-day-of-school jitters. She’s done this night before, but somehow, as she gets older, it morphs. Perhaps you are feeling it now as you prepare for your first day of ______ grade. I can just about guarantee that I, as your principal, am feeling the jitters myself. I do, every year. Really! Even after over 30 years of first days of school. My guess is some of your teachers are feeling it, too.
Back to my daughter. She described her feelings as part excitement, part nervousness. Can you relate? For my daughter, it’s just about equal parts of both. She is returning to the same school for the 2nd year in a row; the nerves definitely outdid the excitement last year, and this year, she’s pretty much 50/50. Where are you as you read this? Take a moment now to check in.
Wherever you find yourself in this moment, I want to share a few commitments that I, as your principal, have for you as we enter the 2019-20 school year. I certainly don’t know it all, but over my time as a student, teacher, administrator, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, I have learned a few things. I hope these nuggets are helpful to you at some point this year, or in your time at LuHi, if not right at this moment.