Last Thursday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of addressing our newest members of Conestoga Valley’s National Honor Society. Proud parents, educators, friends and families helped welcome an outstanding group of young men and women to the Society. Each inductee excels in the traits of NHS – leadership, scholarship, service, and character; and each of these traits are manifested outward. NHS members have the intelligence to question the status quo, to solve complex issues; the character to do what is right, even when it is not popular; the ability to lead in a positive direction; and the desire to serve others before themselves. I was asked to speak about resiliency, and was more than humbled to accept. Attached is a copy of the speech I gave that night. Congratulations to all of the NHS members; the future looks bright indeed!
This week, the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force, formed after the Parkland School Shooting incident to address school safety in the Commonwealth, issued a report with their findings. In that report, the task force focused on the need for more mental health support in schools. I thought I would share some of the ways CV is already working to improve several of the areas the task force highlighted.
Welcome back everyone! Today we officially welcomed back all of our students, including those at Smoketown and Brownstown, for the 2018-2019 school year. Though it was an adventurous start to the year (to say the least), I’m excited for all of the innovative learning that will be taking place in our hallways.
With the end of the year come several opportunities to honor our students for their hard work and dedication. This week, I want to highlight one of the addresses from GHMS’s Distinguished Honors Breakfast and Awards Ceremony. School Board Member Julia Reed spoke to students about teamwork, how to handle failure and the importance of taking risks, something we all can learn from. Her remarks are below.
Today, I had the honor of participating in a special dedication ceremony renaming the access road that currently connects the high school and middle school “Pritchard Way,” named after Perry Pritchard, the CV High School assistant principal who passed away suddenly in 2015. This ceremony was especially significant because the class of 2018 is the last high school class to have known Mr. Pritchard, so students will have the chance to see Pritchard Way, and the Pritchard memorial, before graduating later this month.