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The JH/HS Principal Corner (11/20/20)
The JH/HS Principal Corner (11/20/20)
John Gilbert
Friday, November 20, 2020

Good afternoon and happy Friday! It has been quite the week but we are still moving forward. This time of year reminds me to count my blessings. There are so many things to be thankful for and it is so important to keep our focus on them. Although we do have a few updates, I want to share who I am extremely thankful for. First off, our staff has been doing amazing things to keep education moving forward while keeping students safe. Everyone here knows that keeping kids safe is our top priority but also keeping them in the best learning environment is also of great importance. I am incredibly thankful for the substitutes who have stepped up and are in the building so many days to help us continue educating students. Lastly, a huge shout out to the office staff for all the extra time that they have put in. It has been a team effort and although there have been, are, and will continue to be many obstacles, the entire staff here is staying positive and moving forward. Here are a few updates for the week.

Grade cards have been sent home to parents of students who have D’s or F’s. I encourage all parents to continue to monitor grades as we are approaching the end of the semester.

The winter concert for band will look a bit different this year. The 5-8 bands will be split into two small concerts on December 2. We will have the 5th and 6th grade bands starting at 6:00 PM in the auditorium. We are also going to limit the number of spectators allowed into the concert to two individuals per student. We will be livestreaming the event for those who cannot attend the concert. At the completion of the 5th and 6th grade concert, the auditorium will be cleared of all individuals and sanitizing will take place. After completion of sanitizing, we will allow two spectators per student for the 7th-8th grade bands into the auditorium for their concert starting at 7:00 PM. The 9th-12th grade concert is scheduled for Thursday Dec 10th in the auditorium following the same guidelines of two individuals per student to be allowed into the facility.

Please find the survey that Dr. Goddard has sent out about the proposal the governor has sent out on masks. This information will help guide the final decision made here at Rich Hill for the proposal.

I want to send a big shout out to our student council and student body. I was presented a recommendation for a change to policy from the student council. I informed them that the Board is who votes on policy and policy changes. I recommended that they prepare and present their recommendation to the Board. Last night, Aiden Baker represented student council and presented his recommendation to the Board. Chase Leer was also present to represent the student body and shared his thoughts on the matter as well. It takes a lot of courage to present to the Board as a student and I want to give them their well deserved shout out.

I want to end my blog with thanking everyone for their patience and cooperation during these unprecedented times. I truly appreciate that when I have to call parents/guardians and give unfortunate news during the pandemic, everyone I have talked to has been understanding, cooperative, and want what is best for all kids. Together we will make it through these times and I truly believe that if we continue to work together like we are, this will make us stronger and be able to tackle whatever lies ahead of us. Thank you for reading and it is always a great day to be a Tiger!!!