Welcome to Mitchell School!
There is a vibrancy about Mitchell School. Perhaps it is the background hum of children who are happy to be here. Happy because they know they are safe, because they know they are important, because they know they are special, and happy because they appreciate how much they are learning. I know they are happy because I stand outside the school every morning and greet them as they arrive.
Perhaps it is the enthusiasm and energy of a conscientious and professional staff. This is a talented, well-educated staffâ€”a healthy balance of veteran and newly-minted teachersâ€”teachers eager to learn, to support each other, to work together. Teachers who mentor Boston-resident students on their own time; teachers who sponsor homework clubs and Student Council before or after school; teachers who routinely share â€śgood newsâ€ť with parents as well as other issues or concerns. Teachers who meet children where they are and guide them to where they need to be.
Perhaps it is the welcome presence of our supportive and always helpful parent volunteers. Parents who turned a weed-filled, empty courtyard into a natural learning center with an amphitheater, hand-made cedar furniture, bird and butterfly garden, compost center, fish pond, sun dial, and 78 varieties of native plants. Parents who have helped us create and sustain Invention Invasion, 5th Grade Writing Celebration, Spelling Bees, Service Learning Projects, Prizes for Presidents, Publishing Center, Book Fairs, Family Fun Events, murals, and a rich assortment of creative arts programs. Parents who are celebrity readers, judges, chaperones, fundraisers, and friends.
Perhaps it is the comforting character of a 60-year old building. A building rich with color, shiny floors, meaningful posters, baskets of labeled books, and spontaneous music that echoes in the halls. Walls with posted student writings, student art work, and childrenâ€™s photographs. A building with a proud history, precious memories, and a bright future.
Perhaps it is a function of our longstanding commitment to Respectâ€”and all of its Mitchell implications:
Recognize your own worth, and the worth of others.
Encourage each other in work and play.
Empathize with others.
Care, share, and be fair.
Try your best.
I believe it is all of these things and more. Mitchell also embodies trust, confidence, optimism, hope, nurturing, and caring. It is building, a place of learning, a haven, an attitude.