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Welcome From Principal Patrick Harvell

Introduction

Welcome Back to School

Most people make “New Year’s Resolutions.” I on the other hand make “Back to School Resolutions.”  I have 2 resolutions or points of emphasis for the 2022-2023 school year.  The first is to make the most of each day, and the second is to be a great listener.

Let me take a second to explain each of these resolutions.  Too many times in education we – students and teachers – fall victim to looking ahead and not challenging ourselves to focus on the day at hand.  I hear all the time from teachers and students things like, “I can’t wait till Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, and Spring Break,” or the most common one of all, “Thank God It’s Friday.”  So my goal for myself is to really focus on each individual day and what I can accomplish on that day.

My second resolution is to work at being a great listener.  I love the old phrase, “We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”  I think one of the biggest problems we have in society today is that there are a lot of people talking but not a lot of people really listening.  Hard to change the world if you don’t take time to listen. So again, my resolution is to focus on what people have to say and spend less time worrying about what it is I want to say.

My hope for all my teachers and students is that each of them will take time to make “Back to School Resolutions” as well.  And when you do, come by my office and share them with me.  I’d love to listen to what YOU have to say.

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