CN Jr/Sr HS WeAreOne
November 30, 2018
Sobering Reality . . .
When we were made aware, we reached out to people who may be able to help them and offer services and we will continue to follow up with them to make sure the children are safe and share information with you as we are able. But when I reflect on all of the issues I have dealt with this week, at school and at home, they all pale in comparison to what these kids, KIDS, have faced this week.
How do you think they slept? What do you think their meals were like? How do you think they were able to work on anything for school? If they don't have a place to work or a place to live, do we really think the parents check Canvas or Powerschool for grades? Attend conferences? Read or answer emails?
Do we have a whole school of students like this? No, or at least certainly not to this degree. I do believe however that we have many students whose basic needs are barely being met at home. We have students who have very limited contact with a positive adult outside of school. We have students who come to school every day because it's the best place they have to be. And while we are here to help them learn and grow and develop the skills they need for the future, for some of our students getting them in our building somedays is a success.
We can't fix every situation for every kid or meet all of their needs at school. We all know that. But we can continue to develop relationships, work to understand them on a deeper level, adapt instruction and practices, and seek multiple ways to measure and celebrate individual successes, academic and beyond.
I know that's asking a lot of us. Trust me, I don't always get it right and I have to remind myself often. But I've remained in education for 26 years because I am committed to keep trying. I believe that kids are worth it and while we can't change their home lives, we can make their school lives the best they can be. If we agree on nothing else this week, can we agree on this?
Operation Christmas Child
Miracle Tree Tags
New Program & Position
For Your Calendars:
11/26-12/7 - NHS/NJHS Gift Wrapping
12/1 - Speech & Debate Event @ Jr/Sr HS
12/19-20 - Semester Finals
12/20 - Staff Holiday Party (Save the Date)