Tomorrow is the last day of school for students in Novi.
And, truth be told, my emotions are mixed.
The school year is taxing. Every day during the school year I feel responsible for the 6,400 students who attend schools in Novi.
I want every day to be meaningful. I want every day to have a purpose. I recognize that each day is precious. We are only given a limited number of days and the thought of wasting one fills me with sadness.
During the school year . . .
I worry about bus rides and lunches.
I worry about recess and passing time in the hallways.
I worry about athletic coaches and class/club sponsors and their interaction with our students..
I worry about how we protect our students and staff while they are at school.
I worry about our budget.
I worry about our profession.
I worry about the curriculum.
I worry about state assessments.
I worry about how accurately we are reporting information and insights to our students and our parents about achievement.
I worry about what students are learning from the adults in the building.
There is a lot that I worry about.
However, the school year also provides me with great joy.
I find joy in the interactions that I see in classrooms.
I find joy in watching our amazing students as they perform on the stage and athletic fields.
I find joy as I see our students commit themselves to improving in our classrooms and practice halls.
I find joy as I see students play on the playground.
I find joy as I watch students eat lunch together.
I find joy as I watch bus drivers and food service workers talk to and joke with our students.
I find joy as I see teachers collaborate and talk and learn from each other.
I find joy as we plan and build.
I find joy as I watch our parents fill with pride as they watch and listen to their own children.
The school year brings me a tremendous amount of joy.
So I am torn when the end of the school arrives. I know the worries of the school year will fade away over the summer. But I also know that I will miss the joy that comes with watching and learning from and interacting with students and staff.
The end of another school year has come. It is a time to celebrate what we have done. It is a time to prepare for what lies ahead.
May all of us have a wonderful summer!