I sent this message to the families and teachers of St. Anthony Middle School:
It has been a crazy, fun, and quick start to the school year. I have enjoyed meeting our new 6th graders and building even stronger connections with our 7th and 8th grade students and their families. As many of you know SAMS is a school where all are expected to learn and contribute in a school committed to authentic learning in a caring environment. We take this work very seriously, but we often do not take ourselves very seriously!
We are driven to work really hard, but also work hard at having fun and connecting with each other in a really human way. I often (well somewhat often) email everyone to report out information, share important dates or events, but today I want to email you and say thank you,
I want to say thanks for being committed to raising and teaching all the students of SAMS as if each child was your own.
I want to thank you for wearing really ugly sweaters — here is the proof.
I want to thank you for dropping your kid off in the inside loop in front of the school and having to read about this request over and over again 🙂
I want to thank you for letting the principal refer to herself as the princiPAL way too much and way too often.
I want to thank Traci for being at the center of everything and everyone and doing it with such grace and with a smile.
I want to thank the students for letting us give them feedback on their learning in ways that make it meaningful.
I want to thank the parents for trusting us with their children, their babies, the things they love the most.
I want to thank the teachers for working hard on how to build instruction that equates to authentic learning, but for never forgetting to love kids first.
I want to thank everyone for showing that we value every subject and every content, not just those that are “tested”.
I want to thank the community for showing with actions and words — that they value education.
I want to thank the incredible teachers (Patty, Sue, Margie) from All Day Preschool at the St. Anthony Community Center who trudged over with 30 preschool students to do science experiments with the high school chemistry students. Plus, touring them around both the MS and HS so their parents could see them.