One Final Message

As I sit here in the classroom on the last day of the school year, surveying the empty chairs and bare walls, I begin to reflect on the year. What a wonderful journey it has been! You sixth graders have been a part of most of my waking thoughts and the subject of more than a few of my dreams. You have taught me at least as much as I hope I have taught you. You have been models of compassion, empathy, and creativity. Your playfulness has reminded me that too much seriousness in a classroom can undermine the natural joy of learning. Most of all, I have been inspired by your passion for life and your efforts to walk in this world as your true selves, trying to remain unencumbered by pressure to conform to someone else’s vision.

You are ready to move to the next stage of your journey. I know you will do amazing things. Before I send you on, however, I want to give you my most heartfelt best wishes for the future in the form of some slightly altered lines from “Starlings in Winter,” a poem by Mary Oliver:

I want you to think of dangerous and noble things.
I want you to be light and frolicsome.
I want you to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though you had wings.

starlit path

Your future awaits, and the best is yet to come!

I love you,
♥ Ms. M.

P. S. Below are a few samples of your One Word submissions on the last day of school.

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