- Paul Duke STEM HS
Posted by Jonathon Wetherington on 5/13/2019 8:45:00 PM
The end of the school year is here! The final stages of a fantastic and wonderful journey is finally here. I am so proud of all we have accomplished this year: launching our Fine Arts programs, project-based teaching and learning, building a strong community and mindset, and creating STEM programs that open doors for students. However, at the end of this year lies something equally amazing as all the great accomplishments thus far. At the end of this year, we begin every other year to come....How cool is that? For this year is not just coming to an end, but it is also giving birth to a new beginning. We often summarize our work this year in the idea of “Moonshot Thinking.” As President John F. Kennedy, Jr. said, "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too"
As we wind down the year and reflect on this year and all we have accomplished, I hope you will also take a moment and look forward. I hope you look forward to the next stage of your journey. I hope you look forward with renewed energy and optimism because we are building something special here. We are building a school that helps all students dream and achieve. I hope you look forward to the challenges that the next eight days bring because these challenges bring us one step closer to our goal and to our moon! Most of all I hope you look forward, and not backwards, to all the opportunity and greatness that lies ahead. As we continue to learn together and lead tomorrow, it is tempting to get tripped up on the challenges of today, so I encourage you to look forward and finish strong.