First Day of School

















A New Year

Well the first day came and went with little fanfare, rather smooth I think.  We do have 17 new teachers on a campus of around 45 faculty.  That is quite a high percentage of turnover.  Which got me thinking the obvious question: why?

Why is it that so many of our teachers move on?  I am not sure I know the answer to that question. I think we have a job that is tough and not easy to do well.  Plus, we do also have a booming economy which helps many of our staff leave for greener pastures.  However, many come back, and soon.  I know of three teachers who have left in the last two years and have come back this year and before.  Hmm . . . must be something about affecting the future.

And that is why we teach, to affect the future directly through our students.  I pray I do not forget that for one day this year.  After all, why else would I do this job?  It ain’t for the money!

A Prayer for Teachers:

To face its struggles and its strife
And to improve their worth.

Not just the lesson in a book,
Or how the rivers flow,
But to choose the proper path,
Wherever they may go.

To understand eternal truth,
And know right from wrong,
And gather all the beauty of
A flower and a song,

For if I help the world to grow
In wisdom and grace,
Then I feel that I have won
And I have filled my place.

And so I ask your guidance, God
That I may do my part,
For character and confidence
And happiness of heart.

A prayer from James J. Metcalf

Have a great year!

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