Over the last three weeks I have had the opportunity to watch our Middle Level students engage with their school in a new, engaging, and innovative manner through our J-term. While sitting in our auditorium today, I witnessed a group of students in our Coffee House seminar practice and prepare songs for their final performance tomorrow. As a student strummed on the ukulele and his group passionately sung the lyrics to Cant Help Falling in Love, I was instantly brought back to the campfire performances of my old summer camp. The spark that set me and many others on a career in education, has engulfed our Middle Level over the last three weeks in a blazing fire where students are being challenged in learning new things about themselves and the world around them.
On the eve of our last day of J-term, and our exposition of learning, I'd like to thank all of the stakeholders.
Thank you parents for trusting us not just over the last three weeks, but for your child's entire time at Hazen. Education at Hazen, across Vermont, and throughout the country is changing. The pedagogy and means to how education has been delivered to our students is in the process of rapid transformation. As we move to a model of more personalization, with balance of focus on proficiency and flexibility, we need your continued support, feedback and collaboration. As a relatively new parent, I have a deep obligation and perspective to thank you for entrusting in us what you care most about in the world.
Thank you to our community partners. This morning, many of you gathered in our cafeteria to hear our appreciation for your willingness to work with our amazing students. Thank you for opening the doors to your shops, your farms, your businesses, and your organizations. We look forward to continuing in expanding our collaboration with you and many more partners within our community.
Thank you to our students! Everyday you inspire each of your teachers. Everyday you show us new ways to look at the world. Everyday you teach us. Thank you for your willingness to take ownership of your learning, to take risks, and to take care for each other. We believe in each of you, and we are on the edge of our seats to see what you do next!