“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
As we now enter Winter Break as a school community, I found myself reflecting on this quote as students and staff were leaving for a much deserved reprieve. The silence of an empty high school is an eerie thing, and it was within this silence that I found the opportunity to be thankful for those with whom I spend my days.
I am thankful for our amazingly dedicated staff. Regardless of the job people hold at Mt. Spokane, the level of care and excellence they bring each and every day is inspiring. They motivate me to bring my best self each day.
I am thankful for our empathetic, diverse and talented student body. 1500 students from ages 14-18 bring an energy that is indescribable, and their achievements and challenges make me excited to do what I do each day. Truly, they are the best.
I am thankful for a community that supports our students passionately. The packed attendance at concerts and athletic events that took place over the last few weeks cemented this truth. It is this kind of support that allows our school to evolve in our mission to serve students.
And so, as I make my way from the office for some time with my family, please know I am thankful beyond measure. I am the lucky one.
I wish everyone in our community a safe, memorable and joyous holiday season. While a few days away will be a needed time to rest and reflect, I’m excited and confident that 2017 will be our best year yet at Mt. Spokane High School.