OPINION

From the Superintendent’s Desk

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
From the Superintendent’s Desk

—by Matt Patton

The first day of school is an annual event like no other and it often produces some strong emotions. For the young parent sending their first child off to kindergarten it can produce both tears of joy and sadness as they realize their baby is growing up way too fast. For the new teacher it can create an overwhelming feeling as they come to the realization that parents are trusting them to prepare their children for a future that is yet undefined. For students, regardless of their grade, it is often a sense of anticipation and excitement. As a parent and superintendent I must admit that I felt all of these emotions on the first day of school this year.

As I visited all three buildings on the first day of school the excitement was obvious. Nothing demonstrates this more than the energy displayed in the “selfie” that I snapped with the seniors (see second photo). It was 8:00 a.m. and the senior class was ready to attack the day, and the year ahead, with plenty of enthusiasm.

Later that morning I headed to the elementary to experience, with the help of the American Legion, the flag ceremony. What a great way to start the school year, by honoring the country that make’s an education a possibility and a priority for all. Maybe I’m getting sentimental in my older years, but it was hard not to be moved by the scene captured in the first picture.

If the first day of school is any indication of how the rest of the year will go, it is going to be a fantastic school year. I feel blessed and incredibly honored to be a part of these important experiences for students, parents, and staff.