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Hello everyone.
I hope that the summer has been good to you and that you’ve had an opportunity to do exactly what you wanted to during this hiatus. The summer is passing at an incredible speed and it’s time to begin to think about the 2019-2020 school year. 
In the most recent edition of the MSAA’s newsletter, MSAA Matters, Dr. Peter Dewitt is quoted in their “Pointes to Ponder…” section.  This quote caused me to pause and give serious thought to its meaning.  I hope it does the same for you. 

Points to Ponder… 
“In my opinion, one of the ways we can best help students be resilient or find ‘grit’ is through the trust we build with them.  When students trust a teacher of principle, they are more likely to confide in them and more likely to work harder in their class even if they are afraid of failure”

                                                                                 Dr. Peter DeWitt
                                                                                                    Author, Finding Common Ground

 I was particularly struck by the phrase “the trust we build with them.”   It’s interesting to me that this doesn’t read “the trust we build in them.”  These two phrases have different meanings, however; they are not dissimilar. 
 As you know, trust is the primary part of any relationship.  Trust is earned when someone’s “walk lines up with their talk.”  If we say one thing to a student and then do another trust isn’t being built on firm ground.  If we are consistent with our words and behavior, the student will learn that we are trustworthy, and hopefully begin to realize that they are worthy of our faithful and consistent character.  With that in mind, I’d like to propose that when we exemplify a pattern of trust, the students will realize that they are associated with a person who values them by consistently showing this. This could lead them to develop a confidence in themselves. They would build a trust in themselves that will foster a personal security so that the student can be confident enough to feel safe enough with who they are to confide in us, and, since they believe in themselves, since they have witnessed at least one person in their life being “real”, they will feel empowered to believe that they can work harder and succeed in their classes. 
 As I said, I hope that you take time to “ponder” the impact of this statement. 
 The first day for staff to report is August 26, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. As usual we’ll meet in the cafeteria, enjoy coffee and goodies, meet new staff members and tend to general housekeeping matters. 
 Freshman Orientation is on August 27 and 28, 2019. Upperclassmen return on Thursday, August 29, 2019. We will be in a B Forward Week.  The school is closed on Friday, August 30, 2019. 
 My door is always open to you. 

 Sincerely, 
 Mark Hollick, Principal

 


Principal

Mark Hollick

mhollick@assabet.org

Secretary

Cathi Berg

cberg@assabet.org

508-485-9430 ext. 1458