The Start of a New Year

by Head of School Muddy Waters

Welcome back to school! Whether you are a student, teacher or parent, those words can bring up many questions. Is summer really over? Who will be my teacher/student? Will my child have a great year? Will my friends still like me?  How much homework will there be? Will I be able to find my way around in a new division? The list goes on and on.  I believe the underlying theme is that even for those of us who have been going to school for over sixty years (yes, that is me), the new year represents some change and uncertainty as well as new beginnings and opportunities.  

We all react to the start of the school year in different and often unpredictable ways. You may know that this school year will be a different one for me as I am retiring at the end of the year. I have already been asked countless times if it feels weird to know that this is my final year. I have to admit that I have not thought about it that much as the routine feels familiar and I have always looked forward to the start of the school year. That is no different this year because I see it as another new beginning.  

My hope for all of us beginning the Pike school year is that we can focus on the many opportunities that await us in the new school year. Whether it is a Kindergartner beginning Spanish for the first time as part of our new program or a teacher trying out a new lesson he or she has planned or a parent gaining new skills about how to meet the needs of their developing child, we will all grow and change over the course of the next ten months. You may not know that the most recent changes we made to our mission statement were instead of saying "we seek to develop in our students a lifelong love of learning" we say "we seek to develop a community of lifelong learners."  We made this change because we want everyone in our community to always strive to learn and grow because we believe that it is essential to everyone’s future. Here is to making 2019-20 the best year school year yet!

Image of John Waters' Signature.

John "Muddy" Waters
Head of School