A big thank you!

October 15, 2013 

October is National Principals Month, and this would be an excellent time to thank all the hard-working principals at our local schools for the great job they do every day.

The principal is the school leader. He or she covers a lot of areas, including leadership, student discipline, scheduling and so much more. A principal has a demanding, but rewarding, job. They have to be thick-skinned, hard working and diligent, as well flexible and creative.

It takes a lot of work and skills to be a good principal.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a great movie released in the 1980s. It is a story about the main character, Ferris Bueller, playing hooky from school with his girlfriend and best friend. He convinces the whole school that he is on his deathbed, then hits the streets of Chicago for a day of fun while his suspicious and bumbling principal is determined to catch him skipping school.

What a misconception of a principal’s daily duties!

My brother at one point in high school thought he was Bueller. He took the day off and was planning on a fun day. He visualized himself on the float in that parade singing “Twist and Shout,” but my mother yanked him off the float and swatted him all the way back to school. The ’80s were a different time. Now a large part of the principal’s day is handling student discipline problems.

Please remember a key to a student’s success is a great principal. Be sure to thank them. They deserve it.

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