All three of my children have attended Renowned Middle School, home of an expeditionary learning curriculum and kids whose spoken-at-home languages in any given year are well over three dozen across the student population. Families from out of district petition to have their children attend. I love it. And one of the reasons this hip and diverse school does everything so well is the very square-looking principal. That man defines Non-Anxious Presence. He has everyone working together well, despite the greatest variety of race national origin and socio-economic status you will find in any school in Vacationland. He held on through the birth control scandal and continues to field questions from media about it 18 months later.
He can keep his head while all about him are losing theirs.
Here's what he wrote home to parents today after describing the preventive measures they are taking to fend off the impending (as my friend Jane Dark put it earlier) A-Pork-alypse:
I think the weather will be a great ally here too. Kids who get lots of fresh air and exercise are bound to be better able to handle any flu. At this point we have over 200 students involved in after school sports and many who play sports before school…Our PE program will also be outside for most of the rest of the year.
As parents you can help us out by keeping your child out of school if they are ill as apparently this flu is passed on by person-to-person contact through coughing and sneezing. Please let us know if your child is diagnosed by your Doctor with flu. I know you are likely encouraging your kids to shut off the inside toys and get outside and run around. To me this is the best prevention we can all do.
I love Principal M. Even if he did tell #1 Son to take off that silly flower he wore behind his ear at 8th grade graduation…