Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. The #SabreNation Team and I have worked all summer to prepare for the opening of school tomorrow, August 17th, an opening like none other! We know that most of our students and families have a million questions regarding what schooling will look like in the fall, and if I were a parent today, I'd have those same questions.
Without a doubt, these past few months have challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways, and required our champions to champion from afar. What I have most learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise our teachers and staff bring to #SabreNation, the ways in which our students continue to work hard to grow, and overall have an appreciation for the little things in life – like giving a high five, being able to attend a theater arts performance, or even a sporting event. What I MOST appreciate about South is how even under circumstances we have never experienced, we are still a learning and caring community as demonstrated through our collaborative Summer Food Pantry which has served over 1700 weeks of food since mid-March to families within our community. WOW!!!
Normal is such a simple word and it is our goal at #SabreNation to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever impact the learning environment of South Mecklenburg High School. Our fall may not be "normal," but our learning will not only continue, but it will thrive. Regardless of how we ended last school year, our number one goal is to #ReopenStrong. Here at #SabreNation, WE WILL provide rigorous and equitable learning experiences for every student, every day.
As I shared in the Town Hall Meetings, learning experiences at home will look very different than it did in the spring. Together, with educators and families, we will maximize learning opportunities for the start of this school year and beyond. We expect students will be more engaged and connected with their teachers and peers through daily live instruction. School schedules will provide more structure and predictability for students, families, and staff. And through user-friendly technology such as Canvas, our entire school community will receive more support for learning at home. I am convinced and I hope you are too!
Despite the pain, poverty, and pandemic we are currently experiencing, as Principal I remain committed to ensuring the success of our school, just as I communicated this time last year when I officially joined the team. As we travel this journey together, if for any reason you encounter an unexpected roadblock along the way, don't hesitate to contact a member of our Sabre Administrative Leadership Team, for we are here to assist.
Please enjoy the remaining hours of your summer break and I look forward to seeing you virually in the near future.
Glenn Starnes II, Principal