By the time you read this nearly a week of the 2012-13 school year is going to be finished, which means there are just 35 weeks, give or take a few days, left before the RVHS Class of 2013 graduates.
For the student staring at the calendar, it might seem as if that May day is never going to come, but I can guarantee you that last day of school is going to be here before you realize it.
Since Fall 1997, I have walked the halls of Redwood Valley covering myriad events and watching students as they come in as teary-eyed kindergartners and leave as jubilant seniors.
What that means is very soon I will have been covering the education beat for so long the students in the school were not even born when I started.
In fact, this year’s freshman class was born after I officially started working at the Gazette.
Over the years I have enjoyed the chance to watch everything from plays to concerts and from Knowledge Bowl meets to speech contests, and while most students would never admit they look forward to the start of school I am willing to admit I do.
I can’t wait for the first concert of the school year and to see those new fifth graders play their instruments for the very first time.
I am looking forward to meeting the members of the Class of 2025, and watching them as they grow over the next 13 years.
This year is going to be a fun year for me, as I am going to be sitting down with nearly 20 new staff members in the local school district and then introducing each of them to you.
I also am looking forward to the chance to sit down with the four foreign exchange students who are calling the Redwood area their home during the next nine months. It is so interesting to see how they change over that period of time, especially when it comes to their understanding of the English language.
There are lots of stories to be told, and I am excited about the privilege of getting to share them with you. Those stories are not limited to the Redwood Area School District, as I am going to be spending time at St. John Lutheran School, as well as in school sites in Morgan, Franklin, Milroy, Echo, Wabasso, Lamberton, Renville, as well as Walnut Grove. I know it is going to be another busy school year, but I am definitely ready to get the year started.
I want to encourage you to get involved with your school, and if you have a story about your child, grandchild or even the neighbor down the street, let me know. I think one of the things I enjoy most about this job is the chance to get to know the future generations who are going to help shape this community.
Page 2 of 2 - I figure getting on the good side of those prospective business and community leaders at an early age is probably a good idea, and I can’t imagine a better way to do that than by helping them see their community values their contributions. The school is a major spoke in the wheel of a community, and I am glad I have the chance to be part of that which connects the present to the future. I am confident this is going to be another great year.