Updated Information from Dr. Beyenhof

Updated Information from Dr. Beyenhof
Posted on 05/30/2020
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May 30, 2020


Students and Parents,

Yesterday was the last student day of our third trimester.  It was definitely not the usual end of the school year.  While there were still opportunities to learn from the work your teachers have shared with you, what was absent is what brings our school to life, our Titans.  The absence of students, teachers and staff has made the school feel empty and cold.  There were not the typical goodbyes from students and staff on the last day or the comments from me asking students to quiet down as they celebrated the end to another school year.  Educators celebrate learning and watching students grow in their knowledge, but it is the relationships we build with our students and colleagues that truly fills our buckets.  Sure, we have had virtual interactions with students in our Zoom meetings, but it is not the same as the hellos in the hallways, the high fives, and the conversations that we get to have with our students.  As much as our students long for the interactions with some of the most important adults in their lives, teachers, coaches, sponsors, etc., we also long for those interactions with our students, the ones that give our work meaning.


We hope that come the first day of school on August 25th, we can be closer to what we all would consider a “normal” start to the school year, but we know we have much work to do in preparation for such a start. We also know that things will likely look different than what we are used to based on the expectations that were put in place to start the baseball and softball season: LCHS Baseball/Softball 2020 Guidance.


What will be constant, regardless of the platform and structure we help our students to learn within, will be our priority on the whole student.  Yes, academics are a major priority, but it is our relationships that set us apart.  Caring for our students and each other is why we succeed to the challenges that we face in our learning, on the field, court, stage, and in life, because as it has been said, tough times don’t build character, they reveal it.  COVID-19 has not stopped any of our Titan family, staff, students, families alike, from keeping our priorities in order.  


For those students participating in the comprehensive pre-assessments next week as part of the Credit Recovery opportunities, please take a moment to breathe and know that if you have remained engaged in the work your teachers have shared with you, you are prepared for the comprehensive pre-assessments!  Regardless of the outcomes of those assessments, make sure you keep things in perspective with your own health, family, and friends.


Enjoy your weekend and good luck on the comprehensive pre-assessments!


Proud to be a Titan!

Joel Beyenhof

Principal



May 30, 2020


Seniors,

While I have included your parents in this email, this is really meant for you.  Next week we will officially say one of our goodbyes to you.  The Senior Checkout process is historically an event filled with an array of emotions.  We see laughter, fear, celebration, and tears during the checkout in a sea of emotions.  For some, the tears are of joy and for others, the tears are because of the goodbyes to teachers and friends, but what is present for all seniors is a flood of memories.  Every Titan graduate has experienced these same emotions, and to be honest, it occurs in most, if not every school across our nation, but what is different for a student at Lewis Central is that it symbolizes the completion of a journey--a journey that was filled with experiences, celebrations, learning, and challenges that has prepared you for life after high school like no other.  For as Titan alumni, you are part of a distinguished group of graduates in southwest Iowa, for you are a graduate of Lewis Central.


You know this all too well, the respect and expectations associated with being a Titan, but you are now Titan alumni.  This means you are entering a group that is no longer about getting the highest test scores, winning the game or competition, or receiving the highest scores from the judges in your high school event, but you are now about ensuring that those students that looked up to you for leadership and examples are now supported to keep up the rich traditions and standard of excellence you have established.  Yes, they will continue to watch you, along with others, to see what you accomplish after high school, but what is already known by your actions in high school, and I’m sure beyond, is that you have truly INSPIRED EXCELLENCE!


I hope to see you next week during the Senior Checkout, but if I miss you, I hope to see you at graduation on August 2nd, but please know that each and everyone of you positively impacted my life, just like we hope we have had a positive impact on yours!


Proud to be a Titan!

Joel Beyenhof

Principal




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