Principal's letter by David Myron

“Only the educated are free.” Epictetus “The Enchiridion” (135 A.D.)

  • Every student can learn. No one can predict the future. We must prepare students to thrive amid uncertainty. We have to teach them to be lifelong learners, to self-advocate, and to connect with their community. No one is a finished product. Our lives are a series of learning opportunities. Our mistakes can be our greatest teachers.
  • The culture of a school must be intentional. We must teach the concepts, skills, and habits that will prepare our students to meet challenges we have yet to imagine. Students must feel safe. They must be willing to take intellectual risks and understand that it is not always about right and wrong answers. The learning occurs in the struggle to understand, in forging new connections and insights. It is work, but valuable work that will pay off in habits and skills that will serve them well for their entire lifetime.
  • Get Involved and Pay attention. There are so many empty diversions and entertainments to distract us and waste our time. Listen to those who counsel you to engage with life, to stay awake, to become involved. We are all part of a larger community. That community needs our energy and participation. The rights and responsibilities of citizenship only have meaning when we exercise them. Those who came before us sacrificed and suffered to pass on the blessings we enjoy today. Honor that sacrifice with thoughtful citizenship and full participation in our democratic institutions.
  • Be Grateful. “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer

Get RED! Respect, Engage, Do Your Best!

David Myron

Interim Principal, Perry High School