It is hard to believe that the first quarter has come to an end. So much has happened since you picked up your child’s schedule on August 13th: 5th Grade Orientation Night, the start of the school year, Friday night football games, Fall Activity Night, Open Houses, MAP testing, new teams/teachers, Father’s Walk, PTA meetings, Magazine Sale, new friendships, classroom guidance, Discovery Days Science Club, Builder Club Beach Clean-up and Town Center volunteer trips, cornhole competitions, Runner’s Club, start of 5th Grade Band/Orchestra, Picture Day, Parent-Teacher Conferences, a new class schedule, Academic Extension activities, Star Lab visit, ALHS Marching Band assembly, All-Pro Dad Breakfast, deep and enriching curriculum, Four Square games at recess, four fire drills, and a whole lot of fun in the process. With all that is going on, it is no surprise that a little anxiety and growing pains happened along the way. The first few weeks of school are always filled with transition, establishment of new routines, dusting off the summer cobwebs, paring away of bad habits, and new growth in a new grade level. The majority of our kids (and parents) have begun to settle into the day to day operations of school and home. For some, it took only a few days or hours to get up and running. For others, it took weeks. For a few, the transition has been longer. We must not forget that our goal at Troy is a long term goal and that the hard work of tilling the soil, planting the seeds and tending to the new growth does not always reap immediate or apparent rewards. We, the staff of Troy, set high expectations and lofty goals not with the purpose of rushing children through 5th grade to get to 6th and 6th to get to Learwood, but so that they are prepared when they do. We all want Troy to be a place associated with positive memories and a time in our young peoples’ lives that they look back on fondly. We also want them to have that feeling when they look back at Learwood and the High School. Without the preparation they receive here at Troy, Learwood will be filled with more challenges and in turn ALHS and beyond.
As we start the second quarter, I invite you to look upon this time differently. I see a 5th grader as someone who is 1/8th through their journey here. We have 7 more quarters to turn our once elementary minded student into a self-advocating and efficient secondary student. This does not have to happen overnight, but we must prepare and not procrastinate. I see a 6th grader as someone who is 5/8th through their metamorphosis. Three quarters remain before we have to let them go, trust that they are ready, and give them over to the next caring school. While we still have time to shape the outcome, we also realize that some need to be hurried along and more closely guided. We know that we must begin to see the results we planned for 5 quarters ago, or we risk sending them off less prepared.
Troy is filled with passionate people. The parents are passionate about their kids, the students are passionate about their studies, friendships, and opportunities, the teachers are passionate about the process of developing the best child/student/person they can, and the principal is passionate about making sure our kids have the future they want to have. We are all working in unison. We are all parts of the same machine. We are all involved in moving forward. Together, WE ARE TROY!
As I reflect back on the last 2 months, I am excited to see how far we have come. I am even more excited about what lies ahead. Let’s continue to watch our children grow, give them the things they need to be successful and not forget what the long term goal is. If we all keep that in mind, I am confident we will all be successful.
Principal, of THE Troy Intermediate School