In the next couple weeks, we will kick off two programs that are long-standing Turning Point traditions: PDF Nights (formerly known as "Family Nights"), and Family Groups. Both programs take place once per month during the school year, and each serve to provide our students with opportunities to deepen their connections with people who can make a profound impact in their livesÑfrom their own family members to fellow students and adults at school.
The type of happiness our students display comes from more than just an easy morning routine; it emanates from a deep sense of satisfaction they feel while at school.
The start of school is always a time of new beginnings – a new grade level, new teachers, new classmates, and for some, an entirely new school. At Turning Point, we have another “new beginning” to add to our list: the launch of our re-branding project.
Former Congressman John Lewis once said: "I tell people all the time if you see something that is not fair, not right, and not just, then you have a moral obligation to do something about itÑto get in the way, to get in trouble." You, our graduating Class of 2018, are that future, and I know your time at Turning Point has helped you to conceive of the ways you can "get in the way" to disrupt the status quo, "getting in trouble" both by learning history and creating your own.
As I reflect on a year of wonderful milestones, both as a parent and as an educator, I try to be present with all my complex feelings and thoughts. We tend to make decisions based on what we hope the future will bring, but the truth is that humans are most satisfied when we remain in the present and experience the myriad thoughts and emotions in each moment.
Worry fuels my desire, as an educator and the leader of our school, to ensure that we are fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, which as we know, improves learning outcomes for all students.
Childhood is a dynamic time of change, and it is this process that yields delightful unveiling of children's talents, traits, and interests that calls our wonderful teachers to this work.
This time of year emphasizes change as we contemplate next steps: whether your child is going to sleep-away camp for the first time, leaving Turning Point to begin high school, moving from preschool to kindergarten.
We come back from Spring Break to a busy end of the year, with its many culminating events. These occasions provide opportunities to honor the wonderful growth of our students.
At Turning Point, we have found that a particular magic happens when you provide opportunities for young students and elders to come together to tackle important issues and share perspective.