The end of the school year is an exciting time for students and educators alike. It’s graduation – the end of one phase and the beginning of another for many of our students. Parents prepare for transitions – from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to college or the workplace. It is also a time of great celebration, and we do that through banquets and awards ceremonies. Schools hold athletic banquets, and awards banquets, ceremonies of all sorts, and events where parents enjoy watching their students honored.
It’s also time to celebrate educators – teachers, staff members, administrators, and retirees. Just like our graduates, our retirees are transitioning as well. As the end of each year, we celebrate success and a job well done through our own awards banquet. This year in Newton-Conover, we are doing something different…we are bringing together all of our honorees under one roof to celebrate them all tomorrow evening. We celebrate the transition our retirees will make; we celebrate the selflessness and hard work of our teachers, administrators, and staff members of the year; and we celebrate the commitment to professional excellence our National Board Certified Teachers have demonstrated. As we began to make the guest list for this event, it became abundantly clear that we have much to celebrate.
Newton-Conover City Schools is blessed with an amazing team of educators who strive each year to meet the needs of students. Our teachers, administrators, and staff members work tirelessly to build relationships with our students, to encourage and motivate them to be their best, and to find ways to meet their needs. As we celebrate representatives from each school for teacher of the year and staff member of the year, it became clear to me that these folks are really a reflection of so many of you who embody the true nature of our profession – creating students who will build a better tomorrow for us all through strong relationships and a commitment to their future. I am grateful to work with each of you, and as the year draws to a close and we celebrate student and staff successes and transitions, I celebrate the gift of being a part of a vibrant, warm Newton-Conover City Schools family.
Thank you all for all you do for our students, our staff, and our community.