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Success Comes in Installments

As we close out the end of 2017 it’s that time of year when thoughts become reflective. Our new Learning Center opened this year and we are thrilled! Students have done a commendable job of taking responsibility and working independently by meeting several of their personal academic goals. From middle school, High School and University level courses there was no shortage of academic challenges that surfaced during the 2017 school year. I am happy to say our students rose to the occasion and met those challenges head on.

I had three High School students  (soon to be four!) complete all their assigned readings, questions and portfolios for Washington State History. On average, each student earned a final  grade above 94%! This has always been a favorite course of mine. Washington State truly has a fascinating history that elicited several interesting conversations about how our modern lives differ a great deal from the ancient Native People, yet even today we still value many of the same things: community, education, and understanding. Today, teenagers may not venture out on spirit quests, but other rites of passage are still very important whether it be attending a new school, or acing that all important final exam in order to move on to a new class. In fact, we had two students recently pass their English Language Learners Test at their school because of the undivided attention they received at the Education Center.

“Success is not obtained overnight; it comes in installments. You get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow, until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.” ―Israelmore Ayivor

I am honored to work with such a kind, caring staff of teachers, and administrators, who all have the deepest level of commitment to our students. We never stop talking and thinking about how best to meet our students’ needs.  Credit Courses can require acute time and attention to complete, and often times it takes a personal connection and verbal discussion to cement those ideas.  Learning is an adventure and the teachers are the field guides. Quite literally. In October the school took a field trip over to the Museum of Flight and students got to see the first public display of a rocket engine that launched the Apollo to the moon. Talk about an inspiration!

Every day before class I like to share an inspirational saying to help motivate students. Today on the board I have a quote by a speaker named  Isreaelmore Ayivor. Who writes “Success is not obtained overnight; it comes in installments. You get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow, until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.” I find this to be a very poignant thought. We live in fast-paced, modern society where people seem to expect results immediately, but the fact is building a bridge to success takes a little bit of effort every day. As students begin wrapping up the 2017 school year I see that they understand this, and they know that they are not alone in this endeavor and have a solid team of parents, educators and administration to help support them. 2017 is coming to an end. Get out the sunglasses! The future is looking very bright for the students of Solomon Education Center.

Mark Lackey

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