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Craftsmen

Craftsmen
This past year, Ms. Cora Boland’s (HS/MS Art) grandmother passed away. She was evidently an incredible woman, and prior to her death, she had written this beautiful poem for her grandchildren and shared it with them:
Grandchildren One by one I mark each launch Tiny ships, hull down and outward bound. And well I know that I will not be there to set the course or trim the sails. But my timbers are in every hull and I breathe them fair winds, a good trek, and safe harbor in far distant ports.
Ms. Boland was not only blessed to have a good grandmother who loved her, but a grandmother who could put that love into words for them to remember.
I have come back to this poem many times since it was first shown to me in October. It hits close to home as I think of my parents and grandparents, but it also hits close to work. Teachers are in the trades, also. Like the shipbuilder, we craft and construct, hoping to help build a life that will sail true, sail far, and sail successfully. We will not …

Two Losses, One Response

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Two Losses, One Response
Yesterday I stood outside Ms. Sherwin’s room, and by looking north then south, I noticed two visual changes to our campus that both happened recently, both representing a loss of some kind.
To the south is the demolition and removal of the old concession stand. Since I have been at Mountainburg, that building had been used as a concession stand, a ticket booth, a band storage building, a football storage building, and the visiting team locker room. In year’s past, it has been used as a kindergarten, a music room, and, prior to the school purchasing it, an American Legion building and a cannery.
In some ways, it is sad to see it go. There have been lots of memories of ball games, victories and defeats, hot dogs and nacho dip, coaches, referees, and students in that building. After games, the coaches would meet there to discuss what went right, what went wrong, how much the “gate” and the “concession stand” were, as well as plans for the weekend. I remember the su…

It Takes Us All

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Summertime is a great time at school. The pace slows for just a season, our duties shift for a little while, and our mind is given time to think. It is a time to reflect, a time to renew, and as seen in this picture, a time to refurbish.
Danny and Shirley are putting a new coat of paint on the Science building at the High School. We appreciate the hard work of everyone who works at Mountainburg School District. We are very thankful for our new safe room and PE facility at the high school, but most of our buildings are older. It takes a hardworking, diligent, and talented crew to maintain these buildings. When we have visitors on campus, I frequently hear them remark that, given the age of our buildings, they are pleasantly surprised how modern, up-to-date, clean, and functional that they are, both inside and outside. It takes people like Danny, Shirley, and the rest of the crew to make that a reality. Thank you both, and thank you to all of our staff, for helping us educate our studen…