Traditions… And

by: Mike Murphy, Headmaster
Homecoming, Fall Festival, Poetry in the Park, Book Fair, Oldie Goldie, Holiday Gift Drive, Awards Day, Spring Musical, Senior Parking Lot Painting, Open Campus for Seniors, Volunteer Celebration, Turkey Bowl, Varsity Athletes walking younger students to the Pep Rally, Annual Fund, Parent Gatherings, The Big Event, The Little Event, Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Volunteering at our children’s events, Baccalaureate Dinner, Commencement. These are events generations of Shorecrest Chargers and their families remember.

Some newer traditions include: Upper School Convocation, Morning Meetings in Lower and Middle Schools, Class Trips, Photos on Athletic Center Walls, Ringing the Victory Bell, Senior Walk, Service Week, Geography Bee, Relay For Life, Locker Day and Cookie Days.

We come to school to learn. Vital lessons take place in every classroom, lab, field, court, stage and playground. Deep relationships are formed with teachers, coaches, directors, administrators, staff members and peers because of the regular interactions and opportunities for growth.

The activities in our classrooms, courts and fields prepare us for our next stage of development. Our traditions ingrain in us memories and values we will carry for a lifetime. When done well, the two combine to create meaningful school experiences that can launch all students into promising futures.

How do families contribute to the development of the traditions and everyday lessons offered at school? How do members of the community ensure that this generation of students feels a connection to their school community and are inspired to excel in the future? Every adult shares in the responsibility to provide our children with tools that allow them to become contributing citizens and inspired people. Dropping a child off at school, teaching a class, coaching a team, directing a play, heading a school is just the start.

Do you remember the adults who modeled great citizenship at your schools? The ones who taught values and showed you how to become engaged? Do you remember the ones who were able to make everyone feel welcomed and accepted? Do you remember the ones who stood up for what was right? Do you remember the ones who had high standards and were able to motivate you to meet and even exceed those standards? Our job is to be those people for our children and students.

Everything we do to build upon tradition and inspire our children to be lifelong learners in the pursuit of excellence enhances their lives and the lives of all those people they will influence. Sounds like noble work to me.

Cheers!

Mike

Homecoming 2018 photos courtesy of Erin Mullins '20

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.