Reflecting on the Good!

Posted by Lauren Manfreda on 12/18/2020 1:15:00 PM

We’ve finally reached the end of 2020. It is so easy to point out all the difficult and stressful and negative parts of this year. So easy!! However, I want to take a minute to reflect on the good that has come from the year 2020 in our community. 
  • Our staff and students have learned how to have a remote learning day. This is something we’d wanted to try for a few years, but never had a good reason. Now we know that in future years when there is a weather concern, a power outage on site, or another such issue, we can easily move into a remote learning day and not lose instructional time. We also know that even most of our youngest students can maneuver through work sites and complete digital assignments.
  • We’ve begun construction on our campus expansion. Things we’ve always wanted for our school - a gym, theatre, and dedicated middle school – are coming! While the timing of an expansion and a pandemic is not ideal, less cars and kids on campus as construction is starting has had its benefits!
  • Our staff and families have all developed a deeper level of understanding and appreciation for one another. We’ve always all been on the same team with the same goals of student learning and success, but never before have we actually shared the day to day job of teaching students. Never before have we peeked inside one another’s homes and talked through student needs and challenges and shared the job of helping our students grow each day.
  • We’ve all had to slow down and spend more time with our families. What a gift that is! As a parent of a teenager and a young adult, I am so very grateful for the time I’ve had with my kids because of our decreased social calendars, working from home, and isolating together. We’ve lost many opportunities, trips, and events, but we’ve experienced this time together. Some days we were productive and baked bread and exercised; some days we watched movies and ate popcorn. Whether productive or not, I will always be grateful for time spent with the ones I love the most!
As we move into 2021 with vaccines being administered and a light at the end of this tunnel, I encourage you to remain vigilant in the things we can control right now – hand hygiene, distancing, wearing face masks, and decreasing time spent with those you do not live with. I wish you all a safe, healthy, happy track out, and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year!  
Christi Whiteside, MSA
ECS Director