The Only Way Out is Through--2020-2021 School Year Theme

posted May 28, 2015, 7:28 AM by Joseph Misiaszek   [ updated Aug 22, 2020, 2:22 PM by Jayme Stangier ]

"The Only Way Out is Through"

I’d like to begin today by welcoming everyone back to the 2020-2021 school year.   I am excited to be back celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Heaton and the start of the year.   

I am not sure if anyone realized Heaton was celebrating a birthday, but this year celebrates 60 years of service to the Pueblo community.    The first principal, Carl Wilkerson served as principal for more than a decade and when Heaton opened in 1960 it welcomed students to literally an empty auditorium, girls who were required to wear skirts, and to a world that was experiencing a variety of different social changes. 

Celebrate---I want us to focus on that word.  We have reason to celebrate.   As we begin our work to start this school year, there are a thousand reasons that we could sit and lament about the situation that surrounds us, but instead I have chosen and am asking you to choose to think about the positives that surround us.  

As we launch this year, I start with sharing our theme for the year.    Our theme this year comes from a poem by the great Robert Frost, called A Servant to Servants.    This lengthy poem is the lamenting and complaining about the work that has been placed upon the female character who narrates the poem. The female lead shares her frustration with the fact that she is a servant to her husband and also to the servants who work the land.   Essentially like sometimes we do after complaining, she gives herself a pep talk to help her cope and deal with the situation. She says,

"By good rights I ought not to have so much

Put on me, but there seems no other way.

Len says one steady pull more ought to do it.

He says the best way out is always through

And I agree to that, or in so far

As that I can see no way out but through..."

The only way out is through. That is our theme this year as it will help remind us that no matter what comes our way, we can not side step or change what is happening in our world today. There is no doubt that this year will task us, challenge us in a multitude of ways to work together-make steady pulls--so that in the end we can get through all of the changes we are experiencing.   

I want to acknowledge to you that this will be a challenging year.   It will test our limits, our strength, our resilience, and our fortitude.  It’s going to require that we do things differently, think out of the box, be creative.   

 I want to acknowledge that for some of us that there is fear and worry that will test us in ways probably not seen before.   I acknowledge that too.

But--I am asking all of you to think positively.  Look for the silver linings….drink from the glass that is half full.  We are here in this moment together -celebrating this opportunity to return to school, return to a regular schedule-working towards moving forward.   

I want all families to know that we are doing our very best to ensure your child's safety along with providing them the best education that will prepare them for high school and beyond. We will focus on what we can control because that will help us make it through because “The Only Way Out is Through”

So--with that said, let’s get stared! Welcome back to the 2020-2021 School Year!!!

Jayme Cardinal-Stangier