Principal's Message

Principal Kenney shares important information within the SHS parent newsletter, under a section called "Kenney's Korner." The messages are also available below.
2019 - Staff Photo
Above: The teachers at the start of this year's Homecoming Pep Rally right before they went on to dominate the relay race and tug of war competitions!

Hello parents and guardians!
Just a quick note to let you all know how pleased I am that we are off to a very good start to the school year.
Each fall, I’ve noticed that the tone of the school year seems to be set by the senior class, and this year’s class is fantastic. They are tight-knit, level-headed, intentional and resilient from some of the challenges they have gone through together, particularly last school year.
These seniors are organized and take their education seriously -- please allow me to brag for a moment that they achieved the highest-yet average ACT score since the state began requiring all juniors to take the exam in school -- but they know how to plan for and have a good time, as evidenced by our terrific Homecoming Week, which culminated in one of the best pep rallies I have witnessed here! 
Although the seniors do set the tone an act as examples for the whole student body, I really want to credit my teaching staff for the impressive job they have done in kicking off the school year with enthusiasm, engagement and a positive outlook. Whether the above photo was taken before or after the teachers’ victory over the senior class in the tug of war, I’m not sure, but it was great to see our faculty gather together at the pep rally in their spirit wear to express their strong support for our students!
The rain held off just long enough for our Homecoming Parade, and though it interrupted that evening’s football game, the Messwood team clinched a victory in the makeup game.
This year’s Homecoming Dance was amazing as well. Not only was it well attended, but I was impressed their enthusiasm, good behavior and the fact that so many of them gave a “thank you” to us on their way out the door!
Each day within these hallways, we as faculty and staff can commit to sustaining an environment that is positive, inclusive, resilient and supportive. As we consistently make these daily decisions and commit to seeing them through, they define who we are as a school community. I encourage all faculty and students to remain cognizant of their ability to create experiences here, and work to become intentional about creating the best possible experiences for themselves and others. 

--Tim Kenney, SHS Principal
We’re nearly 75 percent of the way through our school year. When you read that, what’s your reaction?

b. Woo-hoo!
c. A bit of both.

Whether you feel trepidation, excitement, relief or any other emotion depends, as with most things, on how you choose to think about it.

I see this time of year from two perspectives.

Yes, we’re wrapping up the third quarter, hopefully saying good-bye to winter and hello to something resembling spring, and making plans for how to spend the upcoming spring break.

We’re also on the brink of one more fresh start -- the final opportunity of this school year to hit the reset button. But what does that look like?

I’ll tell you what I do, as a parent of three boys, to make the most of this opportunity.

I sit down with each of my kids. We revisit the third quarter: What went well? What didn’t go so well? What habits or actions worked well for you? What derailed you and why?

We talk about areas that were a struggle. I like to see some struggle. I don’t want to see students drowning and chronically overwhelmed. But some struggle signifies that you’re moving in the right direction. You’re persevering when the going gets tough, and there is tremendous value in these kinds of achievements.

I want my boys to understand the emotions associated with doing well in school, and also with not doing well. I acknowledge that struggling is uncomfortable when you’re in the thick of it. But so is the realization that you didn’t struggle, and therefore didn’t get the results you wanted. Which kind of discomfort serves you best?

We recommit, together, to a strong finish. We talk about planning their time well, advocating for themselves, and asking for help if they need it. We talk about seeing things through to the end.
I always tell them, “Summer vacation is going to feel so much better if you did a great job in the fourth quarter.”

And then, I leave it up to them.

Tim Kenney, SHS Principal