Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a restful and fun summer. In just a few short days, our wonderful students return. This time of year is always so exciting to me. We are blessed to work in a profession that allows us a new start each year. We have the opportunity to reflect, adjust, and revise as needed to prepare for the ever-changing needs of our amazing students.
Next Wednesday, August 23rd is our annual Convocation for everyone in the district. It will be held at NCMS, and we ask that all staff ride on buses from the school to the event if at all possible. We’d like for everyone to arrive by 8:30. We’ll have the NCHS drum corps greeting you as you come in, refreshments in the cafeteria, and a red carpet complete with pictures taken as you enter the auditorium. We will also be broadcasting on Facebook Live, and that’s all before the ceremony even begins. This year we will have seven student speakers along with Captain Barrington Irving. For a short bio on Barrington, please read here. Barrington and I met a few years ago, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on several occasions the last three years. You will not be disappointed.
Barrington’s life was changed dramatically by the influence of one person. That one person’s compassion and kindness sent him on a new path in life that has helped him flourish in many ways. Barrington’s story reminds me of the influence each of us has on others. Like many of you, my life was shaped by the influence of one. As our school board and I were discussing this recently, one of our board members made a statement that has stuck with me, “No matter where you want to go in life, you can get there from here.” That is so true. Whatever life path our students choose, we can help them get there from here.
Each of our Newton-Conover City Schools is a safe haven for our students. It is important that all of our students and their families feel at home, feel safe, and feel empowered to shine. I know that each of you will do your best to ensure this is the case, and I thank you for that.
This year we have some new faces, but our focus has not changed. We have the great responsibility to do whatever it takes to find pathways tailored to each child we are privileged to serve. This year I want to ask you to focus on your “why” and to be the one for someone. I’ll elaborate more at Convocation. I can’t wait to see each of you.