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Panther Pause -- Anticipating spring: Appreciating students and staff

Kurt Soderberg

As winter drags on, and on, and on ... it's a good time to remember the things our students and staff do that we can be proud of and thankful for. We often hear about the "front porch" events in a school district and that is important. However, there are many other, less obvious accomplishments happening throughout our school.

In the last few months, we've sent students to compete at the regional and state level in FBLA, music, art, FFA, science olympiad, and forensics. We had the first musical performance in our auditorium that was wildly successful. Our Student Senate created a "Technology Agreement" and our PitCrew continues to work behind the scenes to support all students and are leading the way during Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week.

This past weekend our music students participated in the Solo and Ensemble competition in Baldwin with some moving to state-level competition soon. On April 9, our choir and band students impressed everyone as they provided fantastic entertainment for our community.

Leaders in the junior class have done a wonderful job planning prom and soon we will welcome another group of outstanding young men and women to the National Honor Society.

Our students continue to impress!

The staff at SCC is amazing as they continue to put "students first" on a daily basis. The teachers are working hard to identify essential standards, examine assessment processes, and provide students the instruction required to meet their individual needs. Teachers are asked to dream big, take risks, and ask "why not?" The result has been art murals, expanded class options, a coffee shop run by our Intellectually Disabled Students (IDS), a student senate, the construction academy, class sequencing to maximize student benefit, Panther Catering, the collaboration between departments, student "lunch-learning-leisure" time, and more.

Our support staff provides the behind-the-scenes support of both students and teachers. Their selflessness is easily spotted throughout the building. Without this group of dedicated adults we could not run our school.

We have a counseling department that is second to none. They do the quiet work of providing guidance, support, and a listening ear to all students (and staff). In addition, they handle all of our Advanced Placement, ACT, and Forward testing, freshmen orientation, morning meetings, etc.

Each day in our building the adults welcome, care for, and educate students; the students demonstrate care for each other, themselves, and their school. We have much to be proud of and thankful for.

We are thankful to be Panthers.