If you stand still and look closely, through the spring fog and morning mist, you can see the end ahead of us. Like Frodo and Sam, the trip has been strenuous, rewarding, and memorable.
A year’s worth of hard work, determination, and focus has got us this far, and it really is amazing the amount of material we covered. From an entirely new set of science books, to the incorporation of Google Docs as a central component of our classroom, we have utilized the time and the materials given to us in the most effective and efficient way possible.
We finished our science and math books in both 5th and 6th grade with well over a month of school to go, while completing 2-3 significant research projects per nine weeks, getting 5 out of the 6 school-wide winners and alternates from the Science Fair, and absolutely crushing our AR goals. We had 100% of our students both make their points goal and get over 80% comprehension. We have taken already bright and talented students and made exceptional gains in NWEA and STAR testing, and now only have the second part of ISTEP to excel at.
When you are given a lot of talent or special skills, you could sit back and coast through life knowing that your exceptional abilities will allow you to work less or be lazy and just get by. Or, you could recognize that your abilities are both rare and special, and make a concerted effort to work even harder than other less fortunate individuals, and become someone truly special, with the skills and the will to make a significant and beneficial impact on the world.
You are the doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, executives, nurses, computer programmers, and more. You are the people who will take leadership roles in society and have the greatest impact on the lives of others. The world depends on people like you.