The Polar Express

December 12, 2019

Dear Families,

As I write my blog today, I reflect on the events of the first half of the year. This week, 7th grade leadership coordinated the 2nd annual P.O.P Week, the focus positivity. I embrace the growth our middle school students demonstrate through their hands on experiences. I look forward to the student led assembly tomorrow afternoon.

Last night, our choirs sang in harmony. The sounds that filled the gym brought joy, laughter, tears, and dancing. This afternoon, we celebrated the growth of our elementary students as we reflected on their hard work. Tonight, I sit and listen in amazement as the middle school and high school bands play music ranging from basic scales to the music of The Polar Express.

As I listen to the concert and assist teenagers as they navigate remaining quiet for the concert and their natural tendency to connect socially, I can’t help but smile. I see Tom Hanks staring down at the faces of the children aboard the train to the North Pole. I hear his voice in my head. I find myself reminded of the constant punching of the tickets.

As the story unfolds, we learn that each child has a special word selected just for them. The word defines them. Encourages them. Or challenges them to think. Listening to the band play in the back of cafetorium, I find myself searching for the words I would punch into the tickets of our SkyView Academy family.

Resilience comes to mind. Students throughout our building embrace challenges each day. Sometimes successfully. Sometimes with struggle. But each step builds resilience.

Creativity dances through my heart. I watch in awe, day in and day out as teachers seek creative ways to impart education into the hearts of the students.

Empowerment follows next. Words cannot express the elation I feel as I walk the halls of middle school. I watch middle school students embrace opportunities to lead and take on responsibility. They seek opportunities to make a difference throughout our building.

Believe enters my thoughts, of course. The staff that walk the halls of this school are second to none. They not only educate your children, they believe in them to the core. They pour their heart and soul into their success.

I close with the final word that I would punch into our Polar Express ticket.

Value. The value of our staff, students, and community is priceless. Regardless of who we are, where we come from, or what we do, we all contribute to the beauty of our community.

Amid the hustle and bustle of this time of year, I hope that you find time to pause and reflect as a family. What words would you find punched into your ticket?

Honored to Serve You All,

Janet Worley

P.S. I dedicate this post to Mr. Meinkoth and Concert Band 3. You inspired me tonight.

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