Kevin Linck, Principal
Fabius-Pompey Middle School-High School
As the school year comes to a close, it is important to take some time and reflect on the successes and challenges of the year. We are very fortunate to have students who have accomplished many things that are worthy of celebration. Whether an academic accomplishment, an accomplishment in band or chorus, a club or a sport, there are many things that students have been involved in this year that are exciting. I will mention a few successes in an effort to acknowledge them, while recognizing that there are so many more that are worthy of mention. Both of our bands placed first in competitions. Students participated with great success in Science Olympiad as well as in Math League. The Chess Club has continued to grow and students have been successful. Several of our students were inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the National Technical Honor Society. Students have finished their AP exams, local exams and Regents exams. Our Varsity Softball team had a very successful season, advancing to the State championship game.
Celebrate these successes; however, it is important to remember the challenges as well. Some of these challenges can be seen as failures, and there are a wealth of quotes about failure and what a great teacher it can be. One of my favorite quotes is from Winston Churchill, who said, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” It is important to move past our failures, but they can be great motivators and teachers as well.
These experiences and failures should not stop us from trying new things. This summer try some new experiences. Go camping, climb a mountain, write a story, go to a museum or on a historical tour. There are a lot of opportunities to do something that will make you feel enriched as well as rewarded based upon the activity. Summer should be an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation, but it should also be an opportunity to experience the world, or your local community. While out in your local community, look for opportunities to lend your talents and volunteer to make it a better place. Enjoy your summer, and congratulations to the Class of 2018.