It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome you back to school!
Although this year will certainly be different than previous ones, we are collectively engaged in “living history,” and take it from someone who actually teaches that subject, our experiences will (in the future) become a collective shoutout to these interesting times.
I look forward to seeing you here on campus. I also look forward to seeing you on “there” Zoom. No matter if we are in the same room or separated by distance, our time together should be calculated not in minutes but rather by our enjoyment in one another’s company.
While learning about history, discussing literature, and writing in our notebooks are incredibly important pursuits, so are these other learning goals:
Listening well and with empathy
Maintaining a sense of curiosity
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family (including pets!)
One of the questions that I am asked every year is “What supplies should I bring to school?” Please see my Supplies List page if you have not already done so. Part of the process regarding school supplies will be new in that students may not share them; therefore, coming to class ready will be even more important.
This year will certainly be a challenge, but even at a respectful distance, the Force will be with us always*—how could it not be, considering our extraordinary community of students, parents, teachers, and staff?
I, for one, am looking forward to the adventure!
*(What would a Welcome Letter from me be without at least one movie reference?)