We began our inaugural year nine months ago. In some ways it feels like we have been in our new building for years and in other ways I remember Quest like it was yesterday! I have often heard the terms growing pains and bittersweet, but I have never felt the meaning to the level in which I have this year.
I pulled up my May newsletter from last year, and I remembered I made a promise to parents. I am holding myself accountable by sharing that promise with you again. “As we move forward, my promise to you is that we will continue to put our students first and we will maintain high expectations for them. I believe our community makes us unique and special, so we will ensure we continue to focus on relationships with our students and families. As we plan for this transition, the staff and I are committed to making Homyak a great place for kids!” Although there have been some growing pains, I truly believe we have honored this promise. I believe we have continued to put kids first and we have continued to uphold them to the expectations we know they can achieve.
When I think back to year ago, I remember community members and employees telling me things like, “You won’t be able to do that in the new building” and “Your culture won’t be the same.” I was passionate about the fact things would change, but we would continue to nurture a culture centered around students and doing what is best for kids. We definitely have more students to love now, but I think they all feel the love we have for them. We also had more parents to get to know, but I think we have built relationships with our new families.
During the first half of the year we saw some increase in behaviors. It took a little time, but we were able to set the expectations and provide necessary consequences. Our former students did an excellent job modeling and providing an example of positive behavior.
It has been a pleasure keeping our traditions alive and starting new ones in our building. Hosting our own events like NJHS Induction, Musicals, Science Fair, Parents Night Out, Spelling Bee, Fine Arts Nights, Middle School Dance, and other events have been wonderful. I love the pride our students have when they share their accomplishments in our beautiful building.
My hope is that former families have continued to feel the love we have for your children and our new families feel like they are part of our school family now. I hope that you feel your child has learned and worked up to their greatest potential. I hope that you have gotten to know new staff members while still enjoying the smile of previous staff members.
Although there have been moments of bittersweet and the growing pains hurt at times, I feel honored to share this inaugural year with you all. I remember when I was pregnant with my second child, I told my husband I was worried I couldn’t possibly love her as much as our first child. I just couldn’t fathom having room in my heart to love that deeply. Of course, I quickly learned that love multiples it doesn’t divide. I have learned that although we have grown, my love for my students has multiplied!
As we close out the year, we will go out with a bang. . . and pure exhaustion!
- Monday, 5/13: No School
- Tuesday, 5/14: 2/3 Music Program at 6:00 pm
- Thursday, 5/16: 8th Grade v Staff Kickball at 3:30 pm
- Wednesday, 5/22: 8th Grade Continuation at 6:00 pm
- Thursday, 5/23: Last Day of School Celebration- Awards Ceremony at 8:15 am and Field Day 9:00-12:00
Enjoy the last few weeks!
Julie Garcia, Principal
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