By David Fong
TROY — School is out for the summer — but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.
For the final “Eye on Education” feature of the year, we asked Troy City Schools principals for their final words of wisdom for students — for this summer and beyond.
Here are their answers:
William Overla, Troy High School Principal
As school concludes, it is time to not only reflect, but to look forward as to how we can improve ourselves. Remember the advice of Winston Churchill: “Success is not final — failure is not fatal — it’s the courage to continue that counts.” So, no matter how you finished the year, remember to always continue your pursuit of being a better person.
Katherine Weaver, Troy High School Assistant Principal
Do something that is just for you, something that gets you out of your comfort zone and lets you explore the world a little this summer. You may be surprised what you learn about yourself and the people around you.
Dave Dilbone, Troy Junior High School Principal
Stay active and engaged in healthy activities. Choose a good book or two to keep your mind sharp. Most of all, have a safe and relaxing summer. Enjoy being young!
Matt Siefring, Van Cleve Sixth Grade Principal
Though the school year has ended, your learning should not! Challenge yourself each day to read and learn something, or at least one thing, new. Whether from a book, magazine, newspaper or online, READ! And have a safe and fun summer … we’ll see you in August!
Dan Hake, Concord Elementary School Principal
My advice for the summer is to do it big. Summer is an amazing time of year for kids. Enjoy it! Take advantage of it! Make memories! Use this summer as a chance to enjoy the outdoors. Play outside, explore your neighborhood and try new parks. Exercise is good for bodies and minds.
Use this summer as a chance to dive into your interests. Learn more about insects ,or the moon, or history. Go to the library. Find out what it has to offer. Use this summer to try something new. Learn to play a song on the piano, try your hand at painting, learn a new swimming stroke. Use this summer to spend time with family and friends. Eat dinner together, invite a classmate over to play, visit grandparents.
Use this summer to learn. Books can take you anywhere. They open the door to endless opportunity. Read, read, read. And most importantly, use this summer safely. Whatever you and your family decide to do or explore, make safe choices. Live big this summer and we look forward to seeing you next fall.
Stephanie Johnson, Cookson Elementary School Principal
Our expectation and wish for each of our Cookson Tigers is to: Read everyday. Practice your math skills. Make good decisions. Spread Your Cookson Kindness!
Paul Hohlbein, Forest Elementary School Principal
The advice I have for our Forest students this summer is take time to be a kid. Get outside and play. Swim every chance you have. Do some chores or work every day. Spend at least 15 minutes each day reading something you enjoy. Turn off the electronics. Use your imagination! Make friends. Be a friend. Be kind. Do not spend time wishing you were older, just be the best you possible and smile a lot!
Maurice Sadler, Heywood Elementary School Principal
I would share two quotes form Jedi Master Yoda, from the Star Wars universe:
“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
— Jedi Master Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”
— Jedi Master Yoda, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
During this summer, and for the rest of your lives, you may encounter obstacles and challenges that seem overwhelming. Attack those obstacle with all that you have and all that you are. Your brain is a truly amazing muscle with limitless possibilities. Don’t underestimate your abilities. If you can’t overcome the obstacle on your own, find someone that can help with the challenge.
Penny Johnson, Hook Elementary School Principal
Turn off the TV and gaming systems, get outside and enjoy the summer! Be kind to your family and friends. With the permission from your parents, do something helpful for an elderly neighbor. Read every day and practice your math facts! You are unique and special and we care about you … love yourself! Make safe choices! And of course, “Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!”
Matt Dillon, Kyle Elementary School Principal
You can learn a lot from the wisdom from others. Spend time with family and grandparents this summer. Listen to their stories and ask lots of questions. Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities in our community to make your mind and body stronger. Participate in the Troy Public Library Summer Reading Program or learn to play ice hockey at Hobart. There are many great activities available to you.
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