If I were a high school student, I would have graduated with the class of 2017 this past weekend. As unbelievable as it always is, the passing of time has put me at the end of my fourth year as the superintendent of this incredible school district. And because this is my “senior” year at Mariemont City Schools, I am naturally (nostalgically) reflective of my own high school career – the accomplishments, relationships and challenges that shaped that experience for me.
And no matter how many years come in between you and your school career, there are always moments and memories that stick out to you – the teacher who wouldn’t let you quit…the friend who sent a smile your way when you needed it most…the first academic subject that challenged you…the conversations and lessons that inspired you to pursue your next step in life…your first dance…your last dance…your own high school graduation.
The experience of “school” is such a critical one in the lives of each and every person reading this blog today. And at Mariemont City Schools we work hard to make that experience a great one for each student who walks through our doors every day. I hope you feel we have created a positive and inspiring atmosphere for the child or children you know who attend school in our district.
Each year, my only hope is that we have done a worthy job preparing our students for whatever the future holds for each of them, giving them the knowledge, skills and experiences they each need to succeed in their own life story. One thing I know for certain is that so many of our students at all grade levels have shown what true leaders of tomorrow look like through countless acts of compassion, intellect and ingenuity this school year. This is why I do my job – to help our students gather life experiences that empower them to pursue their dreams. We must never underestimate the power of dreams. We must never underestimate the power of story. And we must never underestimate our influence on both. Because like the great Eleanor Roosevelt said once upon a time, but it still rings true today, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Superintendent, Mariemont City Schools