Dear RMS Community:
There are times as a middle school educator when you realize the experiences that shaped and molded your current self are unknown to your students (and, with more regularity, unknown to our younger faculty...sigh). This week is one of those times for me. Twenty years ago on Saturday much of how I experienced and viewed the world changed forever. Yet, for all the sadness that accompanies my memories of that day, there are snippets of hope and joy that sustain me: moments of unity, sacrifice for a common purpose, created beauty, and uncommon kindness. This 20th anniversary of 9/11, combined with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and witnessing recent natural disasters has made me even more focused on finding those moments of hope and joy. Luckily for me, I work in a remarkable community, and in a wonderful school.
This week we witnessed the 8th grade homerooms as they cooperated to move their entire classes across the “lava” and around the “volcanoes” that materialized in our gym (the above pictures are simply snippets, rest assured we maintained our distances). We witnessed a collective art project on the sidewalks around our school, and watched our 6th and 7th grade classes begin to bond together as the cohesive groups that will form the core of HHS classes of the future. It was yet another lesson that we are better together, and the students at RMS are remarkable in their ability to lead. We are grateful for a great week.
Please enjoy the the upcoming weekend. Until next week stay well, be safe, and take care of each other.