To the Parents of McKinley School:
During this break as we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I too, would like to take a moment to give thanks. I am grateful to be the vice principal at McKinley School and to have an opportunity to work alongside of some of the very best students, families, educators and staff in the district.
First of all, I am thankful for our students. They come to class every day and put significant effort into becoming more skilled and knowledgeable citizens. They are open to new ideas, new concepts, and new experiences, and we learn from them every day. They come from different circumstances and backgrounds to learn and grow together. That process is not always easy, but they struggle through the difficult moments together, and they celebrate their successes together. I am proud of them, and I am blessed to lead their school.
What we do at McKinley could never be achieved without the dedication of the staff behind the scenes. From our maintenance staff to our engineer to our office and cafeteria staff, the persistence and initiative they demonstrate is uncommon, and I appreciate their dedication and professionalism.
I could not do what I do without the help of McKinley principal Peter Clark, guidance counselor Colleen Conroy, office clerk Sharon Vecchi, nurse Sunita Patel, and attendance officer Julianna Sanzari. Their dedication to McKinley is clear and their work is essential to establishing the organization culture, positive environment, and student-centered instructional program necessary for our students to grow and thrive. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with and learn from them.
During this time of uncertainty in public education, I want to extend a very special thank you to our teachers. The teaching staff at McKinley is tireless. They constantly challenge their students and themselves to reach higher, and accomplish more. Every day that I come to work I am renewed by their energy, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to try new things while remaining grounded in foundational teaching practices. Our teachers are continually adjusting their instruction to help each child reach his or her potential. The work our teachers are doing is just as important for the future safety, security, and prosperity of our nation. So to McKinley’s teachers–and to teachers across our district–please accept my sincere appreciation as I say thank you for your service; your service to our students; your service to our school; and your service to our town.
To all our students, families and staff, I wish for you a very meaningful Thanksgiving.