Superintendent's Corner

Bernard F. Bragen, Jr. December 2020

A New Year; A New Beginning

As we begin the second week of December and the end of this year rapidly approaches we can begin to embrace the joys and hopes of a new year, now only weeks away. As we reflect on this past year and all that has transpired, it is difficult to fathom what we endured. At this time last year, no one could have imagined what lay only a few months away. This has been a school year like no other and it has tested the resolves of our staff, students, administrators, and the entire school community. Remote learning, hybrid instruction, social-distancing, enhanced cleaning, face shields, universal mask-wearing, temperature screening, etc., are terms of which we all have become intimately aware over the course of this school year, and they are now components of our shared vernacular.

Notwithstanding all that has occurred, what has always inspired me in times of trouble is the resiliency of the human spirit, and the unwavering aspect of our character to see the bright spots in the darkness, embracing each day with the hope and optimism that tomorrow brings a new beginning. This resiliency can be seen all around us and especially in our school community where staff and students alike have adroitly adjusted to the many changes and tribulations associated with this pandemic with a degree of acumen that has no equal.

We now stand at the precipice of a new year with hopes and aspirations for a much brighter future. With widespread vaccine availability on the foreseeable horizon, we can anticipate the eventual retreat of the COVID-19 virus spread and a return to some degree of normalcy as we begin the new year. As the conclusion of this calendar year approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel that grows brighter and brighter the closer we get. We only need to endure for a little while longer; hope lies in the not too distant future.

As we enter this holiday and Christmas season, I hope everyone is afforded an opportunity to spend some quality time with loved ones to appreciate what it is that truly matters--family.

Continue to Shine Bright Edison! I remain humbled to lead such a fine learning institution, and look forward to all that is to come in the new year! Wishing health and happiness to all.