Providence Hall Junior High
Sometimes Doing The Right Thing Is Messy
Most Sunday afternoons my family and I drive to my parent's house so that my kids can run around while I do homework. I don't love spending my weekends doing homework, but sometimes you gotta woman up. After a couple of hours of semi-engaging-academic-journal-reading, I decided it was time for my crew to head home and start making dinner. I was tired, and albeit a little cranky from all the non-fun reading. As we were driving home today, we happened upon a very unexpected sight.
Running along the side of the road was this brazen little dog. I had a flashback to a dark night a couple of years ago when a very similar scenario happened with a different dog. The dog from that previous night ran in front of my car and narrowly avoided my bumper. It was dark, the dog ran to the other side of the road, and I slowly drove home with my heart thumping. My initial thought today was, "I really hope that dog doesn't run into the road." No sooner had those thoughts walked out of my brain when that precious pup did EXACTLY that. Not only did she (as we later learned) run into the road, she ran into the road right in front of my car. I hit the brakes, prayed I didn't have a dog-shaped dent in my bumper and waited to see the outcome of the situation I was in. Patriots, I had two choices here.
One was to make sure the dog was alive, drive around it, and hurry on my way home because I was tired and my kids were hungry, and after all, it wasn't my dog. Surely someone would come to the poor dog's rescue, right? This was the easy choice. I had made it before.
The second option was to get out of my car and try to save the dog from impending doom and death myself. I wasn't super fond of that option as I had an inkling that it would involve me running after the tiny dog in the middle of a busy intersection and probably making a fool of myself because I am, to say the least, not very coordinated. Then I would have to figure out where the dog lived and either track down the owners or figure out what the next steps were.
It only took about a heartbeat to decide. I could have gone home Patriots. I probably should have gone home. But when I saw those big ears come peeping around the front of my car followed by a jauntily wagging tail, I knew that I needed to do what I expected someone else to do. So I pulled over, put my car in park, and ask Mr. Turley to help me catch the dog.
What ensued was most likely comical to the onlookers and will probably end up on someone's TikTok or Insta. I chased that after that dog, calling ever so nicely, held my breath when she walked very unconcernedly in front of two additional cars who had to also slam their brakes to avoid a fatal collision. I thought for sure she was going to either run too far and get hit because she was so hard to see or she would run into the nearby parking lot and my problems would disappear because she wasn't in imminent danger anymore. Meanwhile, while I was continuing to try and herd the dog to safety, two other people pulled over and attempted to help keep the pup from danger.
I wasn't sure what to do, and while I am sure it was merely seconds, it felt like a year was passing while I stood in the middle of the road calling to this sassy dog. I was worried I was making a mess of the whole situation, and then Mr. Turley calmly held his car open and called, "Come here buddy, we got you." The little dog turned around, ran towards Mr. Turley, and much to my surprise, hopped gracefully into my car.
I waved to the other cars who were attempting to help and got back into my car to figure out what to do next. The dog was now safely ensconced in Mr. Turley's arms while my two girls "awwwwwed" loudly from the back seat. This little dog had a nice collar...but no tag, which meant that now we either were going to have an unexpected canine guest at our house or I was going to have to figure out where to take her. She was shaking like I do after a freezing morning walks up and back to the elementary, but as Mr. Turley held her and softly talked, she calmed down and snuggled into his arms.
It is Sunday evening, which means that no one is open and anyone who answered the phone could only be reached after lengthy waits on hold. One of my grandpa's favorite sayings is: "No good deed goes unpunished." Which I've come to learn means that doing the right thing is most often messy, arduous work with little thanks at the end. Meanwhile, my children were avidly planning on adding this big-eared, doe-eyed, ginger-colored Chihuahua mix to family and I was slightly regretting my choice of actions.
After a decent amount of time on the phone, a plan was made that would keep the dog safe and in an area where her owners could hopefully find her tomorrow. I pulled up to the vet hospital and got out of the car so I could take the dog from my husband's arms. As soon as the car stopped the dog began to shake again and looked at me with her big brown eyes. It was really hard to take her inside the clinic and leave her with more strangers. There was a larger part of me than I'd like to admit that wanted to just take "Gingersnap" home and make her bed. But I knew that her best chance of making it home was to spend a scary night in an unfamiliar, but very warm and safe place with people who know how to care for her.
I don't know what her future holds for her. But I do know that even though doing the "right thing" is often difficult, sometimes humiliating, messy, and most definitely time-consuming, it's also an opportunity to learn and do some good. I would hope that as we go about the next couple of months, each of you will have the opportunity to do what is right, even when it's not easy or convenient, and that you'll make the choice to do what's right. It's not easy, but if anyone I know can do it, it's you. How do I know this? Because you're Patriots and I see you every day! You exemplify the best this world can be. Keep it up.
As always, you are loved!
Mrs. Turley (on behalf of Mrs. Summers)
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As many of you are aware, the Utah state legislature approved a resolution that cancels the mask mandate in both Salt Lake and Summit counties. This overturns Salt Lake county's 30-day mask mandate in all indoor spaces including schools.
Consequently, students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask in school. However, the school will continue to receive guidance from the health department for individuals who are exposed and/or test positive for COVID. Those who are under quarantine or tested positive may still need to wear masks during the time outlined by the health department. Specific guidelines from the health department for these individuals will continue to be sent out by the school.
As always, all individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask. The school will continue to support our families and/or individuals’ choice to make the appropriate health decisions for themselves or their student(s). Again, we thank you for your continued support during this extremely dynamic time.
Nathan Marshall MEd CAA
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This is just a friendly reminder that your 6th-grade students will need to receive some updated immunizations prior to entering the 7th grade. So as you are making your way to their well-child checks with their doctors, just be aware they will need 2 or 3 immunizations. They will need a dose of Tdap (tetanus-diptheria-pertussis), and Meningococcal. And if they haven't already received it, they'll need a 2nd dose of Varicella (chickenpox). They will not be able to attend classes next year until their immunizations are updated. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks so much