Friday, May 23, 2014

What a Year!

What a year! The 2013-14 school year has been a roller-coaster of emotions. From the exhilaration of multiple state championships to unbelievable sorrow in the loss of loved ones, we have run the gamut of emotions. Schools are all about learning (life lessons and head knowledge) and this year was no different.

We rolled out a 1:1 computer environment for grades 10-12. We learned that technology is a tool, but not the focus. Utilizing technology in the educational delivery systems is the future, and our students will be prepared. Take a look at the promotional video produced by Computer Apps II class as a group project. It's very impressive. Click here to view. From textbooks and learning management systems online to budgeting time for online classes, we learned that technology is ubiquitous and required in our new global world.

We also learned how to be champions and the life lessons that come from athletics. From the heartbreak of last-second state championship game losses to the joy of being number one, our student-athletes competed with class and effort, and this made all of us very proud.

Class of 2014
Academically, each of our 51 seniors received a scholarship offer. Thirteen of our students have achieved Eminent Scholar status (29 or above on ACT). Our Science Department recorded another top 3 finish in the MAIS Overall State Science Fair. In the ABC (Academic Betterment Competition) MHS easily outpaced all other schools in our district winning more (first, second, and third places) than all the other schools combined.

Through service our students found many ways to give back. The first graders provided table decorations and sang for Providence Place while the 4th grade created Heart of Magnolia (stuffed animals for children in automobile accidents). The Interact Club assisted in the Senatobia Rotary Club Clean-up Day, HOPE Food Drive, and 5 Star Fest; the National Honor Society raised money for St. Jude and the Interact Club contributed to HOPE Ministry. FCA supported Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Through many other acts of service, MHS students found a variety of ways to give back to the community.

However, we also learned that tragedy can bring a family together as nothing else can. Through Andrew’s death we affirmed that we are more than just a school – we are a family. We’ve always known this, but in tragedy it comes back front and center. There is no way to get through those seasons in life without family and faith in God. We learned that we should never take God’s blessings for granted and we should thank Him for each day He gives us. Life is precious.

MHS Class of 2028
Yes, we have learned and as we learned, we added to Magnolia Heights School’s legacy of achievement and honor. We are all a part of this wonderful family and are forever tied to MHS. Wherever we go, whatever we do, our actions today and tomorrow will be influenced by our experiences here. No matter what our accomplishments, there is still no time to rest. This year we also saw the MHS Class of 2028 begin their classes. What will they see? What will they accomplish? No one knows, but we do know that Magnolia Heights School will remain as a constant beacon shinning brightly on “the Hill” just south of Senatobia.

From all of us on "the Hill," be safe and may God richly bless you and yours.