For every school administrator, there are two exhilarating periods, bookending every school year. The conclusion allows school staff the opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the successes enjoyed by students throughout the year. Doing so reminds each educator of the invaluable he or she has done, actively shaping the future of our community, and serving its children. Even more exciting than the end is the beginning of the school year; endless possibilities lay ahead. Innumerable instructional tweaks and school improvements lay on the horizon. New and lasting relationships will be forged. As I write these words, the journey through the 2018-19 school year is set to unfold in just fifteen days. Soon, nearly three-hundred students will flood the hallways of Lyon County High School. As the new principal of Lyon County High School, I wait with bated breath!
Although we cannot predict the specifics around the celebrations and challenges that come with each school year, I can assure our community one thing—school safety will be the number one priority under my leadership at LCHS this year and each one that follows. When one speaks of school safety, images of bulletproof glass and metal detectors come to mind for many. The reality of keeping our most precious commodity, our students, safe each day takes a much broader understanding. Of course, we will ensure that doors are securely locked and folks are required to check in at our office when entering our building. Just as importantly, we will continue efforts to connect each student with trusted members of our staff this year. Systems will be in place to provide an emotionally safe school environment, where students feel free to express themselves, share their insights, and are recognized for exhibiting character and integrity.
Another goal I have for the upcoming school year is to communicate effectively with students, parents, staff, and the community. We will have an active presence on social media, posting through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Amazing things will happen in the classrooms, in the hallways, and on the sports field every day of 2018-19 at Lyon County High School. We plan to shout (or tweet, for that matter) often and loudly!
Of course, I am most excited about the incredible learning that is sure to take place inside our doors and in student homes. It is my belief that the best school leaders are those who manage to remain untethered to the desk, and spend time in the building, among the teachers and students, witnessing and experiencing instruction on a daily basis. I will do everything I can to be a visible partner in the learning community, this year. Moreover, I am proud count myself among our staff of talented and passionate professionals, who give their very best at all times! I know and understand the strengths of instructional staff at LCHS, as I served with them as a teacher from 2012-2016. I can’t begin to express how overjoyed I am to return to my home school as school leader. I have called Eddyville home for over seven years. Make no mistake, though. This year will not be a victory lap for any sort of returning hero. I am ready and willing to do the hard work to make good on my promises for this year, and beyond.
I know that our teachers’ enthusiasm match my own, as many have been preparing their classrooms, lessons, and calendars for the year. The floors are polished, the hallways are ready, and learning is just around the corner! #lyonsroar.