First Semester Reflections from Big Lou
by Louie Demetroulakos on Friday, February 20th, 2015
Now that exams have been passed back and we have entered the second semester of the academic year, I want to take a few moments to reflect on the first couple months of school. Let me begin by saying I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know all of you who were new to Milton this year. Hopefully you are well adjusted to the community at this point, but I thank you for reaching out to chat or simply saying hello.in the hallways. The past three months have been filled with the ups and downs of high school: the late nights, the challenging tests, and the daily struggle to find time for everything. It has been a dark winter, but even during the grimmest days, I have seen incredible acts of kindness and generosity from our community. Just the other day, a Class IV student greeted me with the biggest smile on her face; needless to say, it made my day. Or what about the enthusiasm I saw when our students volunteered for the Special Olympics basketball tournament? Not to mention the same seniors I see every day interacting with underclassmen and checking in on them. We are a community of holding doors open, saying hello to one another, and helping each other every day. I couldn’t be happier with the kindness I have seen over the past few months. But, as with every high school, we have run into our own issues. It has been upsetting to watch Swipe, Yik Yak, and other social media posts threaten to split our community apart. And while I am proud that we have gotten over those bumps together, we need to do a better job holding each other accountable going forward. I love this community, but I want to see us be more enthusiastic this spring. I know that during the winter it is difficult to put on a smile and “be happy,” but it really does make a big difference when we can support each other enthusiastically. The fact of the matter is, we have a lot to look forward to. Spring is right around the corner, and Caroline and I have a lot of fun things planned for us. The rigor of exams is behind us and spring sports/ plays are about to begin. I would like to see us show better support at student productions and sporting events. I recall the days of my Class III year when the hockey rink would be packed, or when King Theater would be full of people standing just to watch a play. Let us make it a goal this spring to give 100% effort in supporting the hard work of those in our community. Keep up the great work Milton! As I enter my final months here, I can’t help but think about this community and what it means to me. It has been an honor serving as your head monitor, and I promise I will try and make sure we have an awesome spring. But I ask you to take a moment and think about how you can make this community a better and happier place. Because if we can accomplish the task of joining together with enthusiasm, then we will create something even more special than we already have.
Thank You, Milton!
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