We’re getting ever so close to the end of the semester and it’s incredible how fast we got here! For some reason I was crazy enough to accept a new family tour today at 2:00 (I don’t usually like Friday tours because things tend to get very busy). Fortunately, today my tour didn’t show up (a rarity) and it gave me some much needed time to slow down and process things. I started thinking about everything that I needed to get done for next week and then my mind wandered back to the tour that never showed up…
Basically, I have a love-hate relationship with tours. I hate them because they take me away from doing things that will impact our students and their learning. I love them because it gives me a chance to share our school with prospective families. Nine times out of ten those families are coming to visit us because they’ve been recommended to us by another family or the company they work for, or both. This is always a pleasure to hear and I think you should know this as well, our families are happy here and they’re recommending us 🙂
Another reason I love tours is because I get to share all of the amazing things that we are doing in our Middle School. We have a lot to offer, from our academic program, to our after school activities and service program, to our House system and beyond, it’s a great place for students. I always tell families that I’m not here to ‘sell’ them on our school (I’m not!) but rather I want to give them an honest look at our community. After all, I don’t want a line of parents outside my door mad at me because I promised them something on the tour that we can’t deliver! So, I don’t ‘sell’ the school but I really don’t have to!!
I brag about our teachers and the incredible work we do to meet the needs of all learners through our curriculum expectations as well as student support and professional development opportunities. I can’t say enough about the amazing kids that we have at our school (I usually give them 100% of the credit for why we’re so awesome). Then it comes time to show the families around campus, and that’s when my job is done. Students are always engaged in learning as we make our way in and out of classrooms, there are smiles on everyone’s faces, and the overall warm and welcoming atmosphere we’ve created here shines through.
We’ve created something special here and it’s something to be proud of as educators. As we come together this weekend to celebrate another holiday season we need to keep in mind all the great work we’ve done together at this school. Enjoy the weekend everyone, and we’ll see you on the boat!