Each week the faculty and staff receives a weekly newsletter called The Principal’s Page. It consist of calendar events, resources, educational articles, celebrations, and a message from the principal. Below is this week’s message from the principal to the faculty and staff.
For this week’s notes I have selected a quote which I have saved for several years. It is one I still believe in and during difficult times, revert back to. I have posted the quote above my desk to always remind me of what is important. I hope you enjoy it.
What makes a good school has very little to do with how rich or poor the students are or the type of curriculum that’s taught. It has very little to do with special programs, expansive playing fields, huge endowments, snappy uniforms, celebrity alumni, or whether the school is wired to the Internet. What makes a good school, whether it’s public or private, religious or nonreligious, charter or noncharter, is a feeling. A feeling shared by the entire staff that their particular school is special. The feeling that their school really belongs to them (Manna, 1999)
When I first came across this quote I thought of Belmont High School and how special this school is. We may not have all of the things listed above but what we do have is dedicated faculty, staff and family members who make this school special. I believe the feeling this year is nearly palpable. It truly is special, and it fosters a feeling of ownership and pride. Thanks to our teachers, staff and families, we have created and maintained, through good times and bad times, such a feeling. Own your school, make it your own and what you aspire it to be. Together we will continue to make Belmont High School an even greater school and even more special than what it is. Own your school.
Have a good week.