Nothing matters if the relationship hasn’t been built first. The last day of school was a true testament to that belief.
We wrapped up the school year with a moving up walk where we celebrated our 5th graders moving on to middle school and the other grade levels moving up to the next. As I spoke to our 5th graders and saw some tears in their eyes, I was overwhelmed with my own emotion. As I looked out at these kids that I’ve seen grow up before my eyes, I thought about them and the relationships that had been created over the years...the relationships with with each other and with the staff.
As the final bell rang to end the 18-19 school year, there were tears throughout the school. Tears from kids leaving the moving up walk. Tears in classrooms. Tears in the bus line.
Because of the relationships that have been created. The connection they felt to school. The connection they felt to each other and the connection they felt to the staff.
It’s why we do what we do. It’s not about the academics; that’s a by-product. It’s about the relationships that are created daily.