It's difficult to end a school year and not look back and reflect. You think about the good things that occurred but you also think about what you would do differently.
Middle school is a lot like life. You start off very unsure of yourself and your new surroundings. By the time you're done, you are a seasoned pro. You know your way around, nothing surprises you, and you feel as though you could call your teachers by their first names.
There is one catch though. Just as in life, the minute you feel like you know everything, something happens to remind you that there is always the next step.
Our eighth graders are secure, confident, young people who are on top of the world. That world is about to change drastically. High school will send them to a place where they may regress to some of those feelings of insecurity and doubt.
Our 7th graders are ready to lead. They've paid their dues and ready to step up and take OMS to the next level.
Our sixth graders are building their confidence up and are ready to not be the "low men and women on the totem pole."
Whatever the next step may be for your students, always remember that this is always just a beginning. The next step will be bigger and better than this one.
We've only just begun.
Have a great summer!