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Letter from the Principal

 

Dear Northwood Eagles,

Thank you for a wonderful first year at Northwood!

The 2020-21 school year was the most unique year of my career! When I was first hired during the summer of 2020, I never dreamed that we would have the kind of school year that we have all experienced together. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we taught, learned, met, communicated, and got to know each other. However, this school year still turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever had!

Together, we have progressed through Phases 1, 2 and 3 of our return to a “normal” school year. We started the school year with everyone teaching and learning virtually, and then in October, when Phase 2 began, more than half of our students attended school in person two days per week, and then we started Phase 3, when two-thirds of our students attended school in person four days per week, in March. The level of flexibility, patience, perseverance and optimism that our entire community has demonstrated throughout the year is unparalleled! We are looking forward to teaching and learning at school every day again, starting when we return next August.

Throughout our very different-looking school year, the many qualities of our Northwood community have been enhanced. I feel incredibly lucky to have landed in an environment filled with so much kindness, humor, collaboration and achievement. Every day, I have opportunities to smile and laugh, to grow professionally, and to witness some of the best teaching and learning that I have seen. One thing that I have grown to enjoy is our daily Morning Announcement videos, particularly because our Jokes of the Day come from our students, who send them to me every day!

I hope that all of our fifth graders will come back to Northwood and tell us all about their adventures in middle school. Please know that you will always be part of our Northwood community, as you progress through your next years of school and beyond.

There is so much to look forward to in our future! As we set goals, remember that, as Fred Rogers said, “There are three ways to ultimate success:  The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” 

 

Have a great summer!

:) Ms. Flint