A good friend and colleague of mine always ended her emails with, “Don’t count the days, Make the days count”.  Of course, she got the saying from one of the greatest boxing legends of all time, Muhammed Ali.  I have always admired what this quote stands for.  Too many times in education, and in life, we are counting the days.  How many days until Labor Day? How many days until Thanksgiving?  Christmas?  Spring Break? Graduation?  Before we know it another year has passed.  When we reflect on the year we wonder, “Where did it go?”

This year, rather than wondering where it went, I would like to challenge our students, staff, and community to make the most of it.  Study harder than you ever have before.  Volunteer at school or with a community organization.  Tell a staff member how much you appreciate him or her.  Donate to a good cause.  Whatever you do, be that team member that others want on their team.

So, as we venture into a new school year make every single day, and every single thing that you do in that day, count towards making our schools and community a great place to be!  As the band “Revive” describes in one of my favorite songs,

It happens in a blink,

It happens in a flash,

It happens in the time it took to look back.

I tried to hold on tight

But there’s no stopping time

What is it I’ve done with my life?

It happens in a blink

We are off to a great year Maquoketa!  Let’s make the days count and forget about counting the days!


P.S.  I want to thank the many staff, students, and community members that have made this transition for my family and I a good one!  Your kindness is greatly appreciated!  We look forward to being a part of the Cardinal family for a long time to come!