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First Day of School

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:19 PM by Brenda Williams
As I think back to my childhood and growing up, I vividly recall what it felt like every year on the first day of school. I remember feeling anxious, uncertain of what the day would bring, especially not knowing who my teacher would be or what friends I might have in class. Fast forward to adulthood, I equate the first day of school to a change in career and workplace; similar feelings of excitement but a bit nerve-racking. This was me at the start of this past school year; new to Pequot Lakes School as Business Manager for the District.

It seemed fitting that my first day was also the first day back for all the staff. Indeed for me, this was like all other first days of school. Thoughts circled my mind. What if I’m late? Where do I go? Who will I know? According to the Harvard Study of Communications, “it only takes seven seconds” to make a first impression, and it was all up to me to make a good first impression. As I arrived to school, on time by the way, I visibly noticed the eagerness of educators assembling in the halls greeting one another back from summer break, reminding each other how fast summer went and how can it already be the start of school? Right away, I observed camaraderie, direction, enthusiasm, integrity, participation, support and validity. My first seven seconds turned into minutes which turned into hours and then an end to my first day. What I realized that first day was not so much about making a first impression; it was about being a Patriot.

What does it mean to be a Patriot? Patriots are admirable, confident, honest, kind, open-minded, personable, respectful, and dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning to ensure success for every student, family and community member. Patriots are family. Patriots risk taking on challenges that others dare not. Patriots plan and prepare for success. Patriots listen and understand the dynamics of diversity. Patriots do not give up. Patriots rely on each other to make noble decisions. Patriots share in fun times and unite in difficult times. Patriots are purposeful. Patriots make a difference in the lives of others every day. Patriot pride flourishes every day in our schools and communities for the reason that the students and staff are proud to be Patriots. Patriots are making first impressions every day.

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. If one first impression only takes seven seconds, how many Patriot first impressions can one make in a day? As a business manager, I love numbers! Each Patriot has the opportunity to make over 12,000 first impressions each day. Make them memorable in a Patriot Way!

I am thankful to each and every Patriot in our District. Thank you to Board Members, District Leaders, Administrators, Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, Support Staff, School Nurse, Cooks, Custodians, Bus Drivers, Coaches, Students, Families and Community Members for making memorable first impressions on my first day of school.

My first day of school this year was the best day ever! I look forward to many more first days of school as the Business Manager for Pequot Schools. Patriot Proud!

-- Heidi Hagen, Business Manager
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