Our schools have and will continue to celebrate over the next week, several milestones in a child’s education. The student milestones include attending a prom, advancing to a sectional tournament, being recognized at an awards ceremony, or advancing to the next level of their educational journey. This past week I had the chance to attend the pre-kindergarten graduation ceremony, the 8th grade class night and in a week’s time, the commencement ceremony of our class of 2018. The gathering of our community in support of our young people is very powerful and the support given to our children invaluable. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, families and friends who continue to support these events.
As many of you know, I am the father of two young men. Jason is a sophomore in college and Peter a senior in high school. As I attended the events noted above, I realized how fast time has passed, and how much I am thankful that I was able to attend most of the significant events along their journey. The other night, while eating dinner together, Peter thanked me for making it to his concerts, games and other events. He went on to share how some of his friends were envious of my wife and my attendance at nearly every event Peter was involved. My point is that our children notice. Simply showing up matters. Providing positive support, win or lose, makes a difference in the lives of our children. I encourage all members of our community to work to be active in the lives of our young people as it truly helps them along their journey.
As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and visit when you see me around the schools and town.
Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools