It’s hard to believe that we have already made it to November and the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year. I love a lot about this time of year – college football (especially my Ohio State Buckeyes), the autumn colors and the kickoff of the holiday season!
I’m especially fond of Thanksgiving and the spirit of gratitude that comes with it -- an important opportunity to reflect and be thankful for all that we have. As a school district, we have so much to be thankful for -- something I’m reminded of everyday as I interact with our staff, students, parents and community members.
I’m thankful for the support organizations who volunteer their time, resources and expertise to help grow our students and create better learning environments. To the members of Kiwanis, the arts association, the Mariemont School Foundation, the athletics boosters, and our four PTOs, thank you for caring about our students. Thank you for volunteering at school events and athletic games, for attending arts performances and for teaching our kids valuable life lessons along the way. Our school district is definitely fortunate to get this incredible level of support -- something you don’t see in every school district.
I’m thankful to all of our parents for being so invested in their child’s education. Our parents volunteer at school events, donate to the fundraisers and help instill the importance of what is being taught in the classroom. They have raised their children to be respectful and courteous and for that I would like to say thank you.
I’m thankful to our district staff who dedicate their lives to the enrichment of our students. They educate with energy and passion while still being willing to learn. Thank you all for seeing our Destination 2026 instructional vision and for working so hard towards it – for making Mariemont City Schools the best district it can be.
And I’m thankful for our incredible students who come to school each and every day willing and ready to learn. Thank you for being engaged learners, for embracing the new while continuing to excel in all that you do. You truly are the scholars of today and leaders of tomorrow.
Most importantly, I am thankful for the way our entire district comes together to amplify the student experience at Mariemont City Schools. Our support organizations, parents, and staff all work hard to create experiences our students wouldn’t get anywhere else, inside and outside the classroom. (Listen to the November ConnectME podcast later this month to hear about a few of these experiences.)
So with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, take a moment to thank those around you who make an impact in your life. Enjoy the food, family, friends – and the football – and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!