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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The end of the school year brings the expected joy of finishing another year, and perhaps some sadness at leaving behind a year filled
with great experiences, teachers, and friends. Consider that this may be a bittersweet time for your child, and help them celebrate as you
ease any anxiety associated with the end-of-school days.

I have enjoyed a variety of athletic contests, musical performances, and recognition ceremonies that remind me we have a large number
of committed and talented students at the high school. Amid these late afternoon and evening events, there is the hustle of the
school day where I have the opportunity to observe and/or talk with students who quietly go about their business, also accomplishing
great things that simply are not as public as scheduled games and performances. One experience or the other does not rise to the surface
for me; each circumstance is an opportunity for me to connect with your children and learn about their interests and dreams. I deeply
appreciate the honor of knowing and working with your children.

This is the season of endings and beginnings. Each student is completing one grade level and moving on to another after the summer
months. Please encourage your child to reflect on the year in a positive way: ask them what has gone well and what they hope will happen
again. In doing so, you may learn something you did not know and your child will begin to focus on positive aspects of his or her life.

In today’s fast paced world, adolescents often feel as though they never do anything well, or they are not “good enough” for the standards
of the world. Help them to slow down and reflect. There is always something that has gone well, even if it is a small, hidden nugget.
If your child feels as though he or she did not have a positive experience, nudge them toward their counselor, Dean, a teacher, or
another adult at school who will be able to reinforce positive aspects of their experience with your child. Quite often, how we end an experience
in life will determine how we will begin the next journey.

I wish all of our students a restful summer. I know it is not always easy to ensure productivity and relaxation with adolescents––balance is
the key. If your child’s year was a bit slow and motivation is lacking, keep them moving and busy; if your child’s year was packed with
academics and extracurricular activities, scale back his or her urge to always be doing something. The need to recharge is real and important
before returning to EHS or moving on to post-graduation life. I wish all parents/guardians time with your children to talk, be silly, have
fun, or to just be in peaceful moments.

As always, thank you for allowing me to work with your students every day.

Mike Hernandez
Principal
mhernandez3@madison.k12.wi.us