Welcome back to LPS! I hope everyone had a safe and restful vacation. 2019 is here! It is always so funny to send the students off before December break with the “See you next year” phrase and watch them all do a double-take. It is kind of funny to think that a new year has begun especially when people who live in the academic world think about “a new year” starting in September. However, a common tradition for the start of the actual new year is to make a new year’s resolution.
“A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.” (Wikipedia)
I was watching Jeopardy on New Year’s Eve and Alex Trebek mentioned that one of the contestants made it her New Year’s Resolution last year to be on Jeopardy and…VOILA here she was. I was struck thinking, "Wow, how does one just make something like that a resolution and then make it happen?" The contestant mentioned that she made it her mission and trained every way she could to gain the knowledge and skills (there is skill in that finger clicker) to make her dream come true. It made me stop and think, "Wouldn’t it be nice if everything were that simple?" I see our students work so hard every day (likely harder than that Jeopardy contestant) to gain the knowledge and the skills necessary to answer that history question, do that science experiment, write that paragraph, take a social risk, answer those math questions, make a friend, pass the MCAS, pass that driver test, get a job, and on and on. Additionally, I see LPS staff work so hard every day to ensure that we are educating your students for all aspects of life. There are not many easy VOILA moments in our students lives, but rather hard fought battles that make it all worth while.
We have many exciting things ahead for the next 6 months and are looking forward to continuing to help students grow and learn with the same commitment and intensity as that Jeopardy contestant, with the hopes that all of our students, can achieve their own "VOILA" moment.