I had originally planned to do zooms for the end of school but then realized that I would be on campus for much of this last week. I can actually see you in person! So, I offer a letter and hope to see you at school tomorrow when you turn in your textbooks.
It’s been quite a year, and we have all learned and grown so much! Think of the first day of school – nervous about new teachers, kids, and lockers. You stepped in and made MIS your home. I loved that positive energy and willingness to try new things. Whether it be the Mesopotamia Board Game, Mr. Nicky’s raps, or embalming a classmate, you were ready to take it on.
Then March came, and we were forced off campus. We all had to figure out that MIS wasn’t a place but a group of people. We had to be flexible, patient, and persistent in our transition to distance learning. You figured out how to attach files, use Teams, read directions, zoom, and budget your time. You’ve learned some great new skills while we’ve been at a distance. I’ve also appreciated the efforts and creativity you’ve put into your studies. I am proud at how well you did on the cumulative test. . .okay, I know it was open note, but most of you probably did the majority of the questions from your own memory. I really loved the review projects you did. Powerpoints, movies, minecraft, tik tok, rap, poems. . . I had a great time going through them and being reminded how clever and talented you are.
So, seize your summer. Enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. I look forward to a time when it’s safe to all come on campus, and whatever that looks like, I’m confident that we’ll all work together to make it work. Be well and take care!
It’s been quite a year, and we have all learned and grown so much! We started out on campus, having our barbarians sack Rome, persuading our UN to help our African country, learning the map of Asia, and experiencing Japanese culture with our bunkasai. We got to experience the feudal system, living as monarch, knight, peasant or serf. After the plague took out 1/3 of our class, we transitioned to the Renaissance and started our research. Little did we know how a pandemic in the real world would change our lives.
We had to be flexible, patient, and persistent in our transition to distance learning. We figured out how to attach files, use Teams, read directions, zoom, and budget our time. You’ve learned some great new skills while we’ve been at a distance. Your most recent project looked at the events in our lives today that will have a major impact on our future as a country. Other issues, too, will require the perseverance of your generation. I encourage you with the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
I will be having an “open house zoom” on Thursday afternoon for anyone who would like to chat and say farewell for now.
Seize your summer. Enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. I look forward to a time when it’s safe to all come on campus. Be well and take care!