Students, what do you imagine the college staff does without you on campus?
While you’re vacationing in the Bahamas, or visiting relatives in the mountains of Colorado, or eating dark chocolate at Chocolate World, are you picturing your favorite teachers hunched over their desks in offices down dark and deserted hallways, click-clacking away at their keyboards, churning out page after page of assignments to torment you with upon your return?
Or are you thinking just the opposite? Maybe you’re envisioning the staff in full-blown revelry, eating steak and lobster kabobs and laughing while forming a conga line heading out the doors of the school.
Usually, truth lies somewhere in the middle, and the actual goings-on of the staff during Easter break is no exception. There’s some serious work happening in those offices, but there’s been some fun too!
Mr. Terrill and Miss Houk are discussing hiring needs for the fall, and Miss Houk is also finalizing the staff schedule for your return.
Teachers are organizing class materials, working on grades, filing, behavior support plans and academic accommodation plans. They’re also, along with Mrs. Harvey, putting together your report cards!
Mrs. Kolkman is doing a little spring cleaning so everything is bright and sparkly for your return to class.
And Mrs. Leith is coming up with a plan to keep all the plants and animals alive since you guys are not here to care for them!!
Now, here is where it all starts to get fun – Mrs. Konopasek and Mrs. Luchterhand are planning your finals!! Woohoo!! Um… you don’t think that’s fun? How about planning for your social etiquette workshop? No?
Well, the advisors did some strategic planning while driving to Starbucks. Am I getting warmer?
Miss Luchterhand and Mrs. Luchterhand drove up to De Pere to visit a school for young students with intellectual disabilities. The school is called Syble Hopp. Your teachers thought it was AMAZING, and they came back so excited and filled with ideas!
Mrs. Kolkman will be driving to Michigan to see her family and celebrate Easter.
Miss Spence is planning her wedding while you’re away! She’s going wedding dress shopping with her mom and sisters.
And Mrs. Cyr had a birthday! The faculty and staff all celebrated at Josés Blue Sombrero. Olé! Now that’s fun.
But the most important thing they’re doing on this break has nothing to do with school or relaxation or fun, and everything to do with deepening their relationship with their Father. They are attending Good Friday services and experiencing that odd/disturbing/humbling combination of grief and gratitude as the story of our Savior’s crucifixion and death is told with painful, bloody Truth.
They are celebrating with their brothers- and sisters-in-Christ on Sunday morning as shouts of “He is risen!” echo in their homes and churches. Death has been defeated! Eternity is secured for those who believe!
And they are lifting you up in prayer. Your teachers and Res Life staff are praying that you get rest and have fun on your break and, more importantly, that this Easter you would know - not just with your head, but with your heart - the true Power of the Resurrection.
Have a blessed and Happy Easter!
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