Principal's Message

From the Desk of Principal Loftus:
October 2, 2019

Mr. Loftus with a small group of seniors in the Orientation Room

When we look at how far we've come from just a few years ago, I could not be more proud. This first nine-week quarter of the 2019-2020 school year has really gone very well.

This week I am at the National Institute of School Leaders conference. I will likely be surrounded by colleagues who are more talented than me, and leaders I will learn from. But none of them can tell me that they love their school more than I love mine. And, for me, that's everything!

With Phoenix Pride,   
Mr. Doug Loftus


Are your kids in a "good place" socially and emotionally? This isn't an invitation to probe into their lives, but how well do you know how your kid is doing right now? Overall, things may seem well and good. But, if your kid is moving on to college or a career next year, maybe out of the area, have you had some honest conversations about the stress of leaving the house for the first time? Focus less on projecting your parental stress into your student. Your kid already knows you will miss them. But have they heard the statements of confidence you have in them to be successful in their next step in life? That's what they need, to reduce their hidden stress and apprehension, so they can move on with confidence.

What does that mean for kids and parents not graduating but coming back to high school? Spend the balance of this year focusing your conversations around what these remaining five weeks of school mean in the larger picture. Every Major League Baseball team plays 162 regular season games or 54 3-game series. You want to focus on taking 2 out of 3 in each series. That'll make you elite.

Enjoy the rest of your week and our beautiful Florida spring weather while we have it! 

With Phoenix Pride,   
Mr. Doug Loftus

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