Archive for June, 2016

Loud and Quiet

This week has been full. So much energy all over Joyner. There are plenty of loud moments of students singing together, laughing, playing and on and on. But I also find some pretty incredible quiet moments. I enjoy walking into classrooms this week and the students are leaning forward as their teachers read to them.

This afternoon I happened into a classroom of quietness. Music was in the background but not taking over. Students were all intently reflecting on their year in writing. I sat down to join the class and began signing yearbooks and talking quietly with different students that came over to chat. Students then started to bring writing samples. These samples showcased their first writing sample of the year and their last one. They shared with me how they have grown. Some notice the amount of dialogue they now include and use parenthesis correctly! One student and I laughed as we noticed how much she had grown taller and yet her handwriting was smaller. A small discussion came up as to why that was.

This morning at our 5th grade celebration, our students filled the overhang with song. And then were so respectful and quiet as each of their classmates’ names were read. Joy was all through this morning’s event.

All of these moments help us to reflect on our year and the fun and learning that happened. We have one more day to celebrate 2015-2016 together. I look forward to finding both moments throughout the day. Small connections of saying goodbye for the summer and loud celebrations.

Thank you for a great year!


Is Next Week Really the Last Week?

The end of a school year is an interesting time for everyone in a traditional school. There is a level of excitement for a well-earned break. Summer looms ahead with plans of nothing and everything. Boundaries are open. Trips are planned. Rest and lack of bedtimes lay before everyone. There is an ease about the summer that everyone gets excited about.

But I also see our youngest students who haven’t learned the rhythm of school. They feel the excitement of the building but aren’t quiet sure what is going on.

Our older ones know that life is going to be different for the next few months. And sometimes that lack of schedule can give an uneasy feeling.

We also find our fifth graders thrilled for middle school and the idea of growing up, but also realizing they are leaving their Joyner home for the last time.

There is an excitement and uncertainty that fills the air.

For teachers we hurry to finish assessments. We have final end of the year paperwork. We have possible shifts in classrooms in the building. We begin to build our class lists for next year. It is busy and there is excitement for that summer break as well.

I encourage our families to consider all of this energy and work with your children to check in. Notice their feelings. Talk about the certainties. And remind them of the familiarities.

I look forward to enjoying our last week together as a 2015-2016 school family.