August 30, 2014
Welcome West Mercer Families and Students!
As someone who has spent decades living the rhythms of academia – Kindergarten through high school through graduate school through teaching and coaching and leading – I find myself once again excited and nervous at the prospect of the First Day of School.
I can recall successive years of my parents helping me straighten my First-Day outfit, loading me up with my backpack and lunchbox (Dukes of Hazard, The Muppets, and the Bionic Woman come to mind), and propping my sister (and, later, my brothers) and I up in front of the ever-taller tree on the corner of our yard to take the First Day Picture. In those days, we used film that had to be developed in a photo shop, and we arrived at school on the first day and wandered from grade-level door to grade-level door to find our names on the classroom lists, only then discovering who would be our teachers for the year.