There are moments that I wish community members and parents could see what I see taking place in the EVW school system. The past year has produced some very memorable moments, and I consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to work with such caring and compassionate professionals.
The past few weeks have been extremely busy with end of the year ceremonies, banquets, and graduation. As a staff, we’ve been blessed to take part in recognizing our students for overcoming obstacles, reaching their goals, and achieving major milestones. Everywhere you turn, you will witness trained professionals attending to our students and their needs. Eden Valley – Watkins parents and community, be proud of your school. The EV-W faculty, staff, and administration are committed to you and your children. Thank you for another great year!
Parents and Teachers Working Together
Parents and educators are the primary teachers of caring, kind and respectful behaviors, both through direct classroom instruction and through the ways parents themselves interact with others. Research shows that aggression in children is influenced by aggression they see in the world around them.
When children and teenagers feel good about themselves and are confident in their abilities, they are less likely to be bullied and less likely to bully others. Promoting self-esteem and self-efficacy is an ongoing process that requires us as adults to be reflective about the balance between caring for children, and giving them the autonomy and confidence to solve problems on their own.
End of Year
Friday, May 30, will be the last student day of the school year. Students will be dismissed at the following times: Watkins Elementary at 12:55 p.m.; Eden Valley Elementary at 1:15 p.m.; Eden Valley-
Watkins High School at 1:30 p.m.
We will also be concluding the 2013-2014 school year with a series of awards and events that will culminate and showcase the superb efforts and work of many students. Graduation will occur at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the Auxiliary Gym. Seventy-two seniors will graduate, and as they leave the halls of the building one final time that evening, many good wishes for success go with them.
Students of Excellence recognized
The 27th Annual Students of Excellence Banquet and Recognition Ceremony was held Wednesday, April 30, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud with close to 600 attending the event. The evening was dedicated to honoring the top 150 high school seniors from 38 area high schools located in Region 7. The honorees were nominated by their school and received a plaque recognizing their accomplishment and a certificate from Governor Dayton.
For more years than I’d like to admit, there have been two mainstays inhabiting my living room floor: mini-hockey sticks and nets. (Dust bunnies are a third, but they don’t go with my theme.)
Bright orange floor hockey nets serve as near-permanent fixtures, flanking either side of the room. I step over them to readjust the coffee table, which was displaced to make space for the boys’ game. Returning the furniture to its rightful spot is often a twice-daily ritual, completed in the morning and then again before dinner. It’s a real bicep builder, but I don’t like to brag.