Friday, December 14th was quite a day of contrasts.
Almost directly after hearing the news, I ran to our winter assembly where, quite possibly, the cutest group of Kindergartners in Spokane County engaged all who were in attendance. Their innocence was captured with song and interactions with Santa, (nice job, Mr. Brown!), and again I found my thoughts drifting to the east coast to parents I will never meet. I could not imagine their sense of helplessness and loss.
As the assembly continued, and the memory of Lois Fleck was honored, I was in awe of our students and the respect they extended to the family members present and the presentation from Maria Crabb and Annette Helling. Truly, Mt. Spokane students are unbelievable.
Later, I felt honored to attend the Lois Fleck reception in the Atrium. The efforts of Maria Crabb and her students manifested into an event that brought the essence of Lois to life. From the award that will now become a piece of Mt. Spokane High School to the framed song lyrics that were given to Lois’ parents, I can’t imagine there was a person who wasn’t moved by this event.
Finally, the day ended with a captivating presentation from guest speaker Gabe Salazar. He challenged the students in attendance to dream big and realize that, really, they have no excuse for not achieving. Again, our students were incredibly respectful of the message and speaker. When the CEO from Taco Bell was leaving our building, he wanted to make sure I knew how thankful he was for the opportunity to visit Mt. Spokane. He continually complemented our students, and felt like the assembly was one of the best he had ever attended. What a testament to our students and community.
While our thoughts will undoubtedly remain with educators, parents and families we will most likely never have the pleasure to meet, I do hope each of us makes time to appreciate and value those people who are important to our lives.
Please enjoy a safe, and memorable, new year celebration.
I’m extremely proud to be your Principal.