As we wrap up another homecoming/school spirit week, I wanted to take a few minutes to pause and reflect on the true meaning of school spirit. School spirit, to me, is taking pride in the school, the building, the students, the parents, the teachers, the staff, and administration. School spirit means being proud of where you go to school and celebrating the fact that we are a community united for a common goal. This goal, above everything else, in my mind, is academic success. While success in the areas of athletics and fine arts are also integral parts of the high school, it is the collective knowledge gleaned that will propel students to experience success beyond high school.
Another important area that I think demonstrates school spirit is a community who is united for the one cause: creating lifelong learners. In the past two weeks, there has been a transition to the high school for many students as well as parents. When communicating with representatives from the school, please keep in mind that we are united for the cause, and understand that rules and regulations are in place for a reason. Like many communities, we are not always going to agree on everything. However, it is important to make sure that you are able to explain to your children that while you don’t agree with some of the decisions the school makes, they are still the school, they are part of the community. All adults in a community need to be respected. Open communication is important for students, parents and faculty members. It is very helpful as we build our school community to build each other up. Talking through difficult situations is one of those ways to do this. If something happens that you find disturbing or that you disagree with, please take a few minutes to breathe, absorb the information, and then send an email requesting a meeting. It doesn’t do any good for anyone to get upset regarding rules and school community regulations.
Open, honest, communication is essential to building a community of school spirit. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to communicate with me as I feel that we were able to come to a conclusion. All of us, together, have a responsibility to our students. We need to be working together to make sure that school spirit is alive and well in the Redbank Valley.