First Two Days Of The 2021-2022 School Year!
September 10, 2021
Dear Families and Staff,
I hope this email finds you in good health and spirits. The school year has officially begun! Even the rain could not keep the smiles off the faces of students and staff as they re-entered the buildings once again. In anticipation of this exciting time in the school year, the administration held one final meeting to review our systems, share opening day celebration plans, and map out upcoming events. After, I took one last walk of the buildings before the first day, imagining how it would look once our students arrived.
The day exceeded my expectations as I walked the colorful and welcoming halls, greeted the buses and incoming walkers, said hello to parents/guardians, and saw staff connecting with their students for the first time. The masks could not hide the excitement and eagerness in the faces of our school community. From the kindergarteners with their hats that said, “I rocked my first day of kindergarten” to the senior shirts that said, “2enior2”, I felt honored to be a part of this district and its sense of community and commitment to each other.
Deeply rooted school pride and enthusiasm for student success was palpable and continued throughout the past two days. There were some kinks to be worked out, such as pick up and drop off in some locations, schedule assignments, and typical mishaps of the opening days, but none of it took away from the celebratory mood of our first day of school.
This morning, I was humbled and moved as members of the high school band, led by Nick Pignataro, played the National Anthem during the raising of the flag in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. During that moment of silence and recognition, I was brought back to that moment in time of where I was and what I was doing during the attacks. And though our students were not born at the time, two decades later, it remains true that we will never forget.
As I walked through one of our buildings, I saw on a bulletin board a quote from Maya Angelou, “This is a wonderful day, and I have never seen this one ever before.” This quote echoes my exact sentiment and experience of the first two days of school. Imagine if we bottled that level of energy and excitement for the remainder of this calendar school year. My challenge to us is to make every day a wonderful day that we have not seen before.
Enjoy the weekend with friends and family and if you’re not busy tonight, please come out and support the class of 2022 FOOD TRUCK-A-THON event at the Creekside Swim Club from 6-10 pm. You can find additional information at https://www.shhshsa.org/truck-a-thon.
Wagner Marseille, Ed.D.
(Photo credit: Don Mennig)