The following was written late Wednesday afternoon before I left to go coach my girls’ soccer teams. I struggled with what to write today after sending out my previous letter. I feel this was still relevant as I watched and visited with students today. Our staff was ready for students because their relationships with the students had already been built. We hope you enjoy this simple reflection.
This is the week of settling in…… Since we have all moved homes at one time or another there is always a period where you finally feel at home. There is a point where you have truly unpacked, washed clothes more than once, figured out the water pressure and temperature issues in the shower, and finally have your favorite recliner or couch placed perfectly. You figure out the best edging and mowing pattern, the dog finally stops pacing and accepts the new yard, and the burners all work on the stove exactly to your specifications. There comes calmness when you get things how you want them and get into your new routine. That time has arrived at WHS.
As I was helping with our freshmen during Base Camp this week, there was a new freshness and stillness with this group. This comes with the confidence of understanding the high school routine and how to carry themselves on a new campus with the doubling of the size of their grade. Even though there has been growth, it was hilarious to see them lose their iPAD as they went from group to group, all within 10 feet of the next table. The pace in the hallways has settled as well. All of our students have become accustomed to the warning bell and their daily walk to and from classes. They know when to stroll and when to zip. They know when to visit with friends and when to cruise on to class. The seniors now have established their lunch routine which is a huge deal! Our body language has changed as noticed in our walking pace, shoulders more upright, more eye contact in and out of classes, and more, genuine smiles. The best part of settling in is watching our students and teachers interact. The conversations, the inside jokes/stories, and relationships being built are fabulous to witness. One of my favorite things to do is ask kids and teachers separately about each other. The amazingly kind and sincere answers I get back make this campus unique and special.
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections