Friday morning we played it one last time for the class of 2016 and it felt final. A hole kinda gripped my gut. This class, the class of 2016, was my first freshman class four years ago. And like them I had no idea what was in store for them... or my superintendency.
It has been an amazing four years! This dash has not been without gut wrenching decisions, staff and faculty changes, and gripping blows to what we thought was to be at ENHS. This dash has been a lot of work and on some days I think we all wondered if we could really do it.
Four years ago I was eager to help make EN better. (Hindsight: I had no idea what that looked like or what that would entail but I knew the board wanted it to be back to the days where there was a significant amount of pride on campus.) In my mind every decision stemmed from "make it a place you would want to send JT or Ava". And even though that was a ways away it softened the hard decisions and gave rationale for our direction... No one could argue that ENHS is not better for it. We are and I knew we were on the right track when earlier this year our AP's son was strongly considering EN for high school - we had proverbially "arrived".
The dash of the last four years has not been without sacrifice and hard work - ENHS has a staff that continues to put everything they have into their work and our students. And sometimes the work is hard... Really hard.
We would not change our dash, or water down the experiences to make it easier. That is not in the Spartans's spirit.
As we return to summer schedules and sports conditioning I am reminded to stop, acknowledge the hard work of the dash and celebrate those who have given of their time and energy. They deserve the kudos - the recognition and the "Thank you's".
To the ENHS Staff. Thank you... This dash, my dash with you is heartfelt some of the sweetest moments of my career... and I have to believe the next dash will be as easily exciting; with new staff, new programs and a new class of freshmen.
Here's to our future dashes. Let's celebrate the dash, revel in it and be sure when we look back we can say we have enjoyed each moment!
May you also enjoy your dash "-"... Congrats!