Another First Day

Superintendent Wayne Weber

Another school year has started, and this year marks my forty-third first day of school. That’s a lot of first days, but I face the start of school with the same enthusiasm I did when I was in elementary school. My excitement is because students are returning to our buildings and one can’t help but feel invigorated by the energy and promise of children.

I have had a number of conversations over the years with other adults who fret about how kids today behave and their lack of work ethic. The first thing that comes to mind is that our adult minds have a way of glorifying our own childhood. The second thing that comes to mind is these adults have to spend more time with kids. Spend a significant amount of time with children and you can’t help but see that children today have a lot to teach us. Here are just a few things I was reminded of when visiting with our students the past couple weeks:

  • Dream big
  • Be honest
  • Use your imagination
  • Find joy in simple things
  • Be curious
  • See everyone as special
  • Be accepting

And probably the most important – Every day is a new day. These things that we can see in today’s children are the same things that adults could see in us when we were children. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, we lose our focus on these things. That’s why I love spending time with kids. It keeps my world, and my work, in perspective.

There’s a quote on the wall of my office that reads, “Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: The future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.” That quote reminds me to maintain the optimism I witness in our youth each day. It’s also a belief I hope we are able to instill in our children.