Written by Barbara Berkowitz Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00
I am always amazed at the variety of topics that our students come up with when they do their Science Research projects. But there is one area that has never been researched and I have a suggestion for our ambitious students: To discover why it is that the two longest consecutive months (July and August are the only back-to-back months with 31 days) always seem to fly by the quickest? Everywhere I go I am always hearing the same disappointed refrain: Where has the summer gone? How can it already be September? I must admit I am guilty, too. I have even gone so far as to ask our administration if we could have a “do-over” of the month of July to somehow prolong the glorious lazy, crazy days of summer. But, alas, it cannot be (I tried!), so I will not look back but rather look forward to the excitement and hopeful anticipation that the beginning of a new school year brings.
For some of our students, September represents an opportunity for a fresh start in school, or a continuation of interesting projects and activities; for others it is a chance to reunite with friends. For staff it is the joy of working with a new group of students and interacting with their colleagues, and for our administrators it is the challenge of juggling the plethora of situations which arise on a daily basis. This year we have quite a few new teachers and administrators, or administrators in new positions. When we had the opportunity to meet with them all in the days before school opened, at their orientation, the joyful anticipation and appreciation for coming to this superb school district was evident on their faces and we know that they will become wonderful additions to our Great Neck family. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.
But everyone is certainly aware that we will continue to face many challenges ahead and we, as a board, are committed to continue to work to present a budget that is appreciative of the financial hardships faced by our community. We pledge to continue to strive to provide the excellence in education which we are known for, but will have to find creative ways to achieve this and we will do all we can to meet the educational needs of all our students, with their various strengths or needs. This cannot be accomplished in a vacuum and we are grateful for the support of our entire staff in teaming with us to do the hard work we all need to do to achieve this necessary balance between fiscal prudence, the cost of education and meeting student’s needs.
And hopefully, we will all have such a great year ahead that if I see you at the end of March you will be disappointedly complaining that the winter is going by too quickly and you wish that the school year could be extended by a few extra months!