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The REAL reform plan
August 16, 2011 - Luke Stalzer
Let's be honest. I'm new to this whole blogging thing and my first blog officially sucked, but I am here to assure you that it wont be the last. I probably should also add a disclaimer to my blog...if you see something that might be offensive, inappropriate or rude, I suggest you move your little mouse to the top left corner and hit the back button. After all, it is my blog and I do what I want;)
Now to the blog...
It was a little over a week ago and I was checking my email. I had a message from one of my Student Senate supervisors asking for volunteers to come in on Tuesday, August 16, because it was the teacher's first day back, and the new MHS principal, Mr. Phomvisay, wanted student leaders to greet them back to work and get them pumped and excited to be back at work.
I sat in front of my computer in amazement, and was like, "Why in the world does he want us to do this?" I just have to say that I have been a member of Student Senate for four years now, and have never once been contacted by an administrator and been asked to do something like this. So, I agreed to come help and meet this brilliant man who thinks it's awesome to get teachers pumped and students involved at the same time.
I walk in to the main office at the high school at about 7:20 this morning and there's the man that I've heard nothing but good about greeting students with a big smile, firm handshake and a "good-morning." The moment I stepped foot in there, I knew it was going to be a great year.
Not only were there cheerleaders and Student Senate members invited to come get the teachers excited to be back at work, the marching band drum-line was on the stage in the auditorium while people were taking their seats. The energy that he had put together made an atmosphere that was once cold and dry, become warm and friendly.
After we were dismissed from our duties, I went over to the counseling office to leave my counselor a note. Sitting in there were four different secretaries and I said to them how great it felt to be back. They asked me why, and I responded, "It's nice to come to the building and feel a whole different atmosphere. Mr. Phomvisay made it all so energetic and I'm not actually dreading coming back to school now like in years past." One of the secretaries looked at me and said, "It's so nice to hear someone finally say that."
Although this will be my last year at MHS, I'm going to take away as much as I can and introduce fun, new ideas to our administration. Ideas that would have gotten shot down any other time. After all, I believe that school is not just about the text book, but the life lessons we learn along the way and the fun experiences we have.
I know that there are going to be people that disagree with this blog. That's life. I do believe that this is the reform plan that MHS needed all along and nothing but good will come from the hiring of Mr. Phomvisay.
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