Happy New Year!
One of the things I love about being an educator is that we have the opportunity to celebrate a “new beginning” with our students twice a year—the start of the academic year in September, followed by the traditional start of a new calendar year in January.
The beginning of the school year in September is full of promise—a fresh start with a new grade, new courses, and new teachers. September also provides students with a new set of challenges and opportunities for learning and personal growth as they conquer new curriculum and learning goals.
The second opportunity to celebrate a new beginning is, of course, In January. The start of the new calendar year is perceived by many as a time to reflect and set new year’s resolutions. It is a milestone that prompts us to review past events and to set personal goals of transformation: correcting a bad habit, changing attitudes, aspiring to new heights/goals, changing personal circumstances, or becoming a better version of ourselves. It is a time of renewed hope and a belief that things can and will get better.
Regardless of whether we are celebrating a new year in September or January, parents and teachers have a role to play in helping students become the best they can be. This can be done through nurturing and encouraging the young people in our lives, by providing them with a structure for success, and showing commitment to them by getting appropriately involved in their lives. Specifically, for students, January affords the time to review how they have done to date. It provides an opportunity to refocus and refine their efforts, and to establish a plan of action that will ensure continued success over the balance of the school year.
In determining my goals for 2018 as they relate to the St. Margaret’s community, I want to focus on the following:
In conclusion, my hope for 2018 is that the year will be full of brilliant moments of success—large and small—and that our collective efforts will assist us in making even stronger connections between people, passion, and purpose.
When you want to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL
Focus on what is right now.
Use your purpose and passion to respond.
Do what is important in the present
When you want to make the PRESENT better than the PAST
Look at what happened in the past
Learn something valuable from it.
Do things differently in the present.
When you want to make the FUTURE better than the PRESENT
Visualize what a wonderful future might look like.
Begin planning on making it happen.
Put your plan into action in the present.