It’s been a few weeks since I updated my blog and had it on my to-do list, but I couldn’t quite get the recording together that I had planned.  I’m looking forward to a full 4-day week at school with our incredible students.  I love WSSB and feel so lucky to be principal.  In this post, I’m sharing a message I sent WSSB’s on-campus staff (residential, education, health center) on February 19th.

On Campus Team,

There is nothing I can say that will make the impact of last week’s school shooting in Florida any less tragic or any event to highlight this week that will seem more important than the innocent students’ lives lost.  The value of grades, a science lab, cooking lesson, or math class doesn’t even come close to the same galaxy for comparison.

We have an obligation to keep our students safe.  I will do everything in my power to continue to strengthen our systems and climate to ensure that we have the best place for our students to learn and grow.  It is vital that we embrace our shared commitment to student needs, each other, and the belief that we are one team.

I’m asking for your courage to keep us strong for our students. Remember your craft and why you show up each day. It’s for our students.  It’s your bright light that shines on others that makes a positive impact in our school. Our students show up for the opportunity we create together for them.  That is our responsibility.  You matter so much to our students.  I cannot thank you enough.

Sean McCormick, WSSB Principal