Weekly All School Bulletin
The saying is usually "April showers will bring May flowers." Often time it rings true. This year, it was amended to "April showers, flurries, sleet, cold, and win will bring May . . . . ???" So far, two days in, I can unequivocally say that May has already trumped April in terms of the weather. Let's hope that this continues. The sunny skies and warmer temps are a precursor to summer months. We get excited about summer camps and sports, and changes in pace and routine. Admittedly, as adults, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on the "now" and on handling the tasks that are in front of us. This challenge is only compounded for our students.
It can be easy to put off work until later or perhaps not put forth quite the same amount of effort because of the lure of being outside or spending time with friends. Totally understandable. Competing with beautiful weather and times with friends can be very difficult. Traditionally, across each school in which I have worked and each division in which I have been a part, it is this last month of classes during which there tends to be an uptick in terms of questionable choices made by students in both the academic and social arenas. The reward of taking a shortcut on a paper by copying and pasting from an online resource can overpower the potential risk that can come with such a choice. So can a decision to post an inappropriate photo or succumb to peer pressure before a dance not be weighed against potential repercussions. After more than 8-months of studying and focusing, attention spans can be reduced and easier routes might be pursued.
So what can we do?
The first thing is to recognize that this is the time of the year in which the pull of summer and the pressures of school responsibilities are both heightened. Teachers and parents alike should talk to the kids about how they are handling these pressures and the importance of ending the year on a positive note. Consistent reminders from school and home about staying on task provide a measure of motivation. Proactive communication and offerings of support a far better than having to respond and react to poor choices are made.
Students should feel proud of what they have done and we should celebrate their efforts and accomplishments—there will be many opportunities to do so on campus in the month ahead.
Let's all work together to ensure that this pride and celebration is the focus as we look towards the end of the academic year.
~ Jason Lewis
Associate Head of School & Head of Middle School