Kathleen Dalton Lind, Assistant Principal
“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine!” A student at the end of the day handed this to me in the hallway on a challenging and not so great work day. March is always a busy and stressful month. Weather can fluctuate and change dramatically, we are in session for the entire month with no vacations or extra days off, teacher fatigue is present and students experience challenging behaviors. One of the homebase classes in our building has made this an intentional initiative to build positive culture in the building by handing out positive messages on strips of paper. This student isn’t just any ordinary student. She is a person I have worked with throughout the last three years. She is bright, talented, athletic but sometimes struggles with typical middle school behaviors: hands to self, working to the best of her ability, respect and dignity for all. This year, I introduced her to a strong, accomplished woman who subs in our building, hoping a mentorship and connection could take place. It did. I haven’t interacted with her for a disciplinary situation since. Connections are key. They can prevent a student from succeeding and reaching their full potential if they don’t exist. When connections happen, students are supported in their learning and growth and there are no limits to what they can accomplish. "When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine! " Today, sweet, 8th grade, developing, maturing student: you are my sunshine. Thank you!