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“If you can’t fly, then run. if you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.
This is a favorite quote of mine and the inspiration for the theme of Sylvan Hills Middle School for 18-19. I like to begin each year with a theme, a goal if you will, that the entire school community can get behind. I’ve chosen this particular one because I see a tremendous need for us to teach effort, perseverance, grit, and mental toughness in addition to math. English, and science. The middle school years are tough years of transition and growth. During these formative years, I think it’s very important that we guide students on how to deal with disappointment and adversity; how to dig deeper when things get challenging. I see so many that just throw their hands up when things don’t go well. I think we owe it to our students to teach them a different way.
At SHMS, we place value on determination and work ethic. I believe, and have always believed, you get ahead in this world by outworking the other guy. We want to have our students excel this year in their classes, on their ACT Aspire, and in all their sports and activities. Just as important though, is to equip them to excel at life. As we get ready to move into this new school year let me welcome you to SHMS and wish you the very best year of school that you’ve ever had. That is my goal each and every day I’m here. Thank you for letting us teach your children! It is my honor and privilege to be your principal…
Mike Hudgeons, SHMS Principal