Dear Sharpsville Educational Community:
The sounds of birds chirping, the first appearance of the daffodils, extended daylight, and the sounds of baseballs and softballs hitting the aluminum and leather can only mean that Spring has arrived. Spring also means time for concerts, state assessments, honor society inductions, recognition programs, Prom, baseball, softball, track and field, Kindergarten graduation, 8th-grade recognition and graduation, and most importantly graduation for the Class of 2023. Graduation is scheduled for Friday Night June 2nd at 8:00 PM at The Pines. Nothing beats a Friday night at The Pines.
This school year has moved along at time-warp speed. It has been refreshing to bring back many if not all the activities that we enjoyed prior to the pandemic. It has been great to enjoy concerts, musicals, sporting events, parades, classroom celebrations, the PTO craft show, and many other events that maybe we took for granted prior to not being able to enjoy them the last several years.
As we head into the stretch run I want to remind all students to finish the school year strong. It is not how one starts things that people remember; but rather how one finishes things.
Here are 10 ways to finish the school year strong:
1. Set Goals
Setting goals for yourself both personally and academically will help you stay on track. Whether your goal is to get straight A’s or pass your AP tests, make your own goals and try your absolute best to achieve them.
2. Stay Organized
Staying organized will prevent you from losing or forgetting about assignments. Keep track of your assignments and test dates in a planner or calendar to stay organized and prepared for upcoming final projects and tests.
3. Do not put off responsibilities
Slacking and procrastinating are just ways of putting off responsibilities. Putting off school-related responsibilities will leave you scrambling and stressed at the last minute. Do what you need to do when you need to do it, and you will be well on your way to finishing strong!
4. Remember what you have worked for
It may help to remind yourself of all the hard work you have put in this year. One bad performance on a final test or project could undo all of your efforts for a certain letter grade.
5. Get motivated
It is time to get motivated! Whether you have to bribe yourself with rewards or create penalties for not trying your best, do whatever it takes to stay motivated and beat “summer fever!”
6. Take advantage of the nice weather
As the weather begins to get nicer, you do not have to stay cooped up inside studying. Get creative by studying and doing homework outside instead!
7. Take a time out
Do not forget about taking time out of your day to regroup and simply have fun! This will help you stay focused. Giving yourself breaks for fun is good for your sanity and attention span.
8. Adjust your attitude
What is your attitude right now? Are you feeling down? Can you not wait for school to end? Simply adjusting your attitude to be more positive can make an incredible difference!
9. Take care of yourself
Taking care of yourself by eating well, exercising, and getting the proper amount of sleep will help you remain focused.
10. Focus on the finish line
Visualize your finish line- and your goals- and focus on that. The school year is almost over you can do it! Start a countdown, and do not worry- the end is near. If you feel like you need extra help completing the school year, contact a tutor. Tutors will work with you to ensure you are prepared to rock the rest of the school year! Whether you would like to improve upon a specific topic, general test-taking skills, or college test prep- our tutors will do their best to help you succeed!
In closing, I wish the Class of 2023 the best of luck as they finish up their K-12 journey here in our district. “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” —Kerry Washington
Once a Blue Devil; always a Blue Devil.