Lunch Outside, March Madness, and Spring Break

March 16, 2017

Dear Families,

“Beautiful. Gorgeous. Wish you were here.” This is a line from one of Paul’s favorite movies. Today, as I walked the back lot and supervised Lunch A, I quoted this line. Students uttered appreciation throughout the lunch period. They loved eating outside today. It made my day to be able to offer them the privilege.

As I walked around I realized very few students were on their phone. They laughed. They wandered. They ran. It was Beautiful. Gorgeous. I really wish you were here to see it. As I chatted with them, we agreed this should be a regular thing. We agreed to two things. I would check the forecast. They would be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the cafeteria. If they follow through on their part, I will honor my agreement and allow them to eat outside. on block days! We are quite pleased with this arrangement.

March Madness begins tomorrow. An 8th grader overheard me chatting about setting up the screen to show the first game during lunch tomorrow. I think he was shocked. He looked at me and said, “Can we watch March Madness at lunch?” When I responded in favor of his request, I thought his jaw would hit the floor.  Spring Break is within arms reach. They are ready. They have worked hard. While I want education to be their focus, I want them to look back and remember that one time they got to watch March Madness, withOUT sneaking on their phone. I want them to remember there were days that embraced fun. Days that celebrated it.

We have much to celebrate! Our Destination Imagination team is headed to State. Our Girls’ Basketball A  Team placed 2nd overall in our league. Friday, I will distribute Honor Roll certificates. Forty-five percent of our students are either on Shield (3.5 or higher) or Hawk (4.0) Honor Roll. That is amazing! Track season began this week. Girls’ Soccer is underway. Overall, students are doing a great job, both academically and socially!

Yes. There are bumps every now and then. Yes. Students struggle to make right choices occasionally. They are growing up. It is to be expected. But I would argue that for every bad choice that is made, there are 20 right choices.

I hope that you are able to enjoy the week away.  I hope that your student or students are able to recharge for the final push before summer.

As I finish this letter, I hear jolts of cheers from my son’s room. I look up at the television and notice Nolan Arenado in short right field, a far distance from his 3rd base post. Leland gives a new meaning to “The Shift.” Arenado turns a double play to close the door on Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. In that moment, I know that Spring Break will be a “Beautiful. Gorgeous. Wish you were here” week of fun.

Honored to Serve You All,

Janet Worley

Honor Roll Recognition: Hawk Honor Roll and Shield Honor Roll

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