2018 May 9: RHS Seniors...The end is just the beginning

Time is a major part of all of our lives, and as I was told in my youth, the older you get the faster it (time) goes. In education, we have the challenge of using time in the most beneficial way to prepare our students for their future. I can understand the feelings, due to my years in education, of  Ms. Tiffany Commerford, RHS Principal when the month of May arrives, hoping we have done everything necessary to prepare our Seniors for their next step in life.

It is hard to believe that it is May.  The end of school is always bittersweet for me; while there is an undeniable sweetness to seeing students move on and accomplish their goals, it is bitter because they are such a big part of our every day.  We are currently in the process of saying good-bye to one group of students as we prepare the next group to take their place. This group of seniors has a special place in my heart because they were the first group I have had for four years at Rockdale High School.

With every end of year ceremony, the next group of leaders are stepping up and getting ready to make new memories.

I am sure you think teachers are celebrating at this time of year. You're not wrong. However, unless you are a teacher, you cannot appreciate how bittersweet the end of school is. We will miss the easy rapport we have built with the students. We have become a sort of family after spending so much time together. We will miss the inside jokes and remembering the great moments that have happened this year. I will always think of the camaraderie of the football season that went all the way to state.  We will miss celebrating their successes with them. We will miss seeing how far they are able to go and the hearing about their plans for the future, but at the same time, I am excited to see what they do with everything they have learned while they were a part of Rockdale ISD.

Sure, the prospect of time off is welcome. Honestly, we are all beyond exhausted and ready for a break. Still there is sadness at saying "goodbye". While it is true that we will see many of them at events next year, it will not be the same. It's never the same. As we say goodbye to this group of seniors, I am thankful for all they have done for Rockdale High School. We are proud as they move on and we are excited about their next adventure.

When we come back to school in August, there will be a new batch of students and we will start over again.  While the end of school is always bittersweet, one of the things I love about school is that every year is a fresh start!