Yesterday (Thursday, 5/23/13), we said goodbye to our students. To the 7th graders, we said goodbye for the summer. To the 8th graders, we said goodbye forever ... at least as DSMS students. Never again will we all be in the same place at the same time.
Earlier today (Friday, 5/24/13), I said goodbye to the DSMS staff. Most will return, but some have said goodbye forever. It's likely, our staff will never again all be in the same place at the same time.
The students, staff, parents, and community of Desert Shadows Middle School are a family. We support each other. We bring out the best in each other. There is a positive energy and buzz on our campus that I have never before experienced in my 16 years as a public school educator. I couldn't be more proud of what we have built ... together.
To our staff - thank you for your passion, dedication, and hard-work. Thank you for loving and supporting our students.
To our students - thank you for your energy, honesty, and effort. Thank you for giving us the real you. We are here because we believe in you. I know you would run through walls for us.
To our parents - thank you for your trust. Your kids are amazing. We are blessed to be an extension of your values during the school day.
This has been an unbelievably positive and successful school year. Earlier today, we celebrated our successes in the final staff meeting of the year. But, please know we all walked away committed to even greater success next year. We have an all-star staff ... and we added new teachers for next year that make us even more impressive.
Stay tuned ... the best is yet to come.