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Principal's Message

From the Desk of Principal Loftus:
February 14, 2019

Mr. Loftus posing with a group of students in the Orientation Room at Acceleration East High School
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

I hope this finds you enjoying your Valentine's Day so far. Sadly, today also marks the one year anniversary of the Margery Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. Hard to believe it's already been a year. What have we learned over the past year? First, kids are not widgets, blueberries or assembly-line products. They are complicated, evolved, and unique . . . which also makes them special and wonderful. I'm struck by how much high school principals, teachers, counselors, and coaches throughout Florida are still affected emotionally from what took place. This week reminds us that working in schools is far more than a job, or working on an assembly line that ends at high school graduation. We are influencers, connectors, builders, and motivators. And while these "jobs" may be viewed as positive, if we are not careful, we can have negative impact in each of these realms.

This tragedy has caused us to re-think our interactions with our students and identify those potentially in crisis. February 14 could be a solemn day, but it still remains Valentine's Day. A day where we take time to show love, kindness and respect to each other. That's the best way to honor those lost a year ago.

Enjoy the rest of your Valentine's Day.

With Phoenix Pride,

Mr. Doug Loftus
Principal

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