Like many, due to Covid-19, I did not travel too far this summer. Therefore, we made the most of Ohio, and it’s incredible history. Just north of me is a village called Milan Edison. You guessed it; this is the birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison. Thomas, as we all know, invented the lightbulb. However, he developed a multitude of other items throughout his career, such as the Universal Stock Printer (used on Wall Street), the phonograph, motion picture camera, and the alkaline battery.
Upon his death, he had become a household name the world over, a friend of Henry Ford, and co-founder of General Electric. Thomas was an accomplished inventor receiving 1,093 patents. However, what you may not know is that close to 600 patents were denied. Of those 1,093 accepted patents, hundreds of hours and failed experiments proved to be the foundation of their success. Shockingly, Edison lacked much of a formal education. What he did have was a voracious appetite for knowledge and a high degree of resilience. He is famously quoted as saying, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Resilience. Resilience is “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness,” or never giving up. Resilience is the cornerstone of Edison’s success. So too, is it a cornerstone of our success. If there is one lesson that schools and students have learned these past six months - it is to be resilient. Covid-19 has changed so much of what we do and how we do it. Will the school remain open? Will we end up remote? Will we close down in the winter? Will we have a full Fall sports season? Fall play? Homecoming? It seems that many of our cherished and time-tested rituals may be in question, not by one individual but rather by a virus - Covid. It is the seemingly insurmountable wall that we continuously face, and time after time, we must find a way to climb. As a student body, a faculty, and as a school community, we have but one path over this wall, and that is the path Edison took - resilience.
To be resilient, we must first be self-aware. Have a clear perception of who you are, your strengths and weaknesses. Also, this allows you to understand others better and how they perceive you. Awareness of self can help bring an awareness of others. Build positive relationships. Bond with your peers. Care about the individuals to each side of you. Also, be mindful of others' state of mind and life situation. Practice humility. C.S. Lewis said, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." Practice self-care. While you should be mindful of others, you should also remember to meet your own needs. Without self-care, you will struggle to function effectively in a world with multiple challenges. Your daily struggles take energy, vitality, and confidence, which will require self-care. Lastly, purpose. Recognize that your days at Buckeye Central are both limited and special. For a brief period of time, you get to belong to and serve something bigger than yourself.
If we can do these four things: be aware of who you are and what skills you bring; work daily to build positive relationships and make the world better for one another; ensure you have the confidence and energy to tackle your challenges by practicing self-care; channel your energies to ensure that Buckeye Central is better because you were here; if we can do these, both staff and students, we can find success, whatever that may look like in these times.
Need to Know:
As you know, Open House has been canceled. However, if you want to come to the building, walk your schedule to find your classes, and test your locker combination, you can. Please call the school and schedule a time to do this. To help with distancing, I would encourage Freshman to schedule time on Monday, Sophomores on Tuesday, and Juniors/Seniors on Wednesday.
Also, as you know, the first day of school for students has been changed to Thursday, August 20th. This extra time will provide our staff with one more day to prepare for the upcoming school year. If you have not, I encourage you to read our School Restart Plan, which can be found on our district website. The plan contains important information for you to know before coming back on August 20th.
On a positive note, the new additions to the building are starting to take shape! The preschool is under-roof, and hopefully, we are housing students by November. The STEM Lab / Maker Space is coming along. We hope to occupy and use that space at some point in January, the start of the second semester. Also, we are welcoming a new teacher, Ms. Emily Hawk! Emily will be joining the Buckeye Central family as she begins her first year teaching Spanish.
I can safely speak for the entire staff when I state that we are excited to have you back in the building! It has been too long. The hallways have been void of your personalities and laughter. The classrooms have been empty, and rigorous thought/debate remains lost. August 20th can’t come soon enough! However, when we all come back, we need to arrive back safely, securely, and in the right mindset. The mindset to persevere, to be resilient, and to find success and fulfillment in all of the challenges the upcoming year presents for us.
Yours in Education,
Dr. Michael Martin