Last Day of School 2018

For me, the last day of school is always  a little bittersweet. Even though I love the  summer and I am happy for our students, I struggle with endings and even though I know that endings bring new beginnings, I always have some mixed emotions.  This is mostly because I have to say goodbye to people I care about  who have been part of our school community for a time and in  a small community, we build strong bonds and work as a team. Whether it be to retire, accept another position , move out of the area or for any other reason, any one leaving it is a loss to our family. To my friends and colleagues who are leaving us, I want to extend my personal thanks for what you have brought to Georgetown and for the many important and special contributions that you have made during your time here . Thank you Tyler Polston, Ashley Beaulieu,Sarah Headley, Jolene St. Pierre, Lauren Dipaolo, Amanda Spinale,Matt Laut,Nora Cannon, Charlotte Battle, Lindsay Little, Peter Lucia and Heidi Mongeau for making a difference in the lives of our children! You will be missed and we all send our best wishes for your future!

We also need to say goodbye to the students and families who will not be with us in September. I sincerely hope that your experience in our district was a pleasant and memorable one and that you take what you have learned here in our schools  into  your next school experience.  Our students are our heart and we want to appreciate each of the students who are leaving for the hard work and kindness that they have shown in their time here.  You are all special and unique with special gifts and we will miss you all! Georgetown is a special town and it is a hard place to leave but we wish you all the best in whatever your next step may be!

The end of the year is also a time to say goodbye to teachers and classmates after spending a year together. That is not always easy but , with the exception of the sixth grade,  students will be back to school soon enough to start anew with a new teacher and set of classmates. There have been many wonderful celebrations of a year filled with successful learning, friendships, personal growth  and fun times which I hope students will remember fondly as they move on to summer and beyond.

One of the things I love about being an educator is that it is the only job where there is a chance for a new beginning every September.  Along with the feelings of loss, there is also the feeling of renewed excitement and hope for the future. After a relaxing summer break, we can all look forward to new opportunities and the chance to build new relationships, experience exciting new learning opportunities and make and renew friendships. Other than graduation, the first day of school is my favorite day of the year.

I hope your children have a wonderful last day of school tomorrow and a very happy, fun and relaxing summer making memories with family and friends! To my colleagues  I wish you the same and look forward to the exciting new things that we will do together next year on behalf of the  best students on the planet! To our families, thank you for your on-going partnership and support. We could not do what we do without you!

Happy summer everyone!