With Northshore students going back to school on September 6th, the excitement in our community is all about the opening of the new high school. Walking around the Booster Club carnival last week, I got the chance to talk to several students about their hopes and expectations for the new school year. And here’s what they had to say:
Most of us remember similar feelings about the first day of school, but few of us have had the experience of opening a new school with new traditions, new teachers, and even new styles of learning. But along with the excitement and shiny newness, there will also be growing pains. A football team without seniors. Potential traffic and parking issues. Communication between the school and parents and the community. That’s why it’s important that we see this as our school whether we have a child who attends or not. A school like this presents new opportunities for coming together as a community for both exciting reasons and challenging ones.
I’m most excited to see the ways in which the new school becomes a gathering place for the community- football games, plays, concerts, competitions. And I wonder how our community will respond when the inevitable miscommunication happens or the school presents a problem. Will we have the necessary grace to learn along with North Creek High School?
This school has created a rare opportunity for a community that is still relatively new and forming. It gives us an identity in this 13.6 square miles of unincorporated Snohomish Co. that we previously haven’t had. But it’s up to the entire community to see that the hopes and expectations are paired with our input and willingness to come together.