The end of the school year is in sight. You can feel it in the air at Dixie High School. D Week is a sure sign that another senior class will be leaving their mark at our historic school and moving on to accomplish great things. Some of you may even be counting down the last days. I thought of doing that too.
August 15, 2012, the first day of the school year; 180 to go. It made me think about all the things we pack into those 180 days of going to class, going to practice, doing homework, taking tests, planning for dances, hanging out with friends.
I’m sure it must seem like you were sitting every day in Social Studies classes learning about World War II and westward expansion. Actually, it turns out you were really learning that you live in a great country that will require important contributions from you to make it even better. You went to Math class every day and thought you were learning about order of operations and solving for X, but it turns out you were really learning how to think and how to tenaciously solve a problem. You went to Language Arts class and thought you were learning about Shakespeare. Actually, you will find that you learned to think about the great ideas of mankind and how to communicate those ideas to others. You went to practice every day and thought you were learning how to play defense or how to throw a ball. Turns out, you were learning how to commit yourself wholeheartedly to a team effort.
Sometimes you will find yourself in fourth place, only to push ahead and become champions! That’s a lesson worth learning—and one you will be able to use many times in your life. School is like that—it turns out you were learning something important every day.These were not always the lessons you memorized for a test, but they were lessons you will use every day going forward.
Congratulations to all of you who will realize your goal of a high school diploma at the end of this year. Congratulations to all of you who finish these 180 days of the school year and are smarter and better for it. And finally, please remember that we need your best effort until the 180 are done. Work hard these last weeks, prepare for your tests, and finish strong. That’s another lesson worth learning—and another lesson you will be able to use every day going forward.