January 24th, 2021 HILL Message (from Academic Director Rick Kunc): This week we were feeling disconnected. During our leadership team meeting, we were sharing how we did not feel as connected to coaches, staff and faculty as we usually do. That is a problem in a school that prides itself on a sense of community. We no longer “bump” into each other to have those conversations that knit a community together. It would have been easy to blame COVID-19 and the lockdown and assume things will get better when we are allowed to get back on campus. I’m proud that we didn’t. We brainstormed what we might do. “Let’s offer some online group staff workouts”, “let’s offer yoga online for staff to join”, “could we do a social of some kind?” Instead of being handcuffed by that what, we moved to the now what. We were intentional in finding solutions. Leadership is about being intentional. We need our student leaders to also be intentional. Being a leader means sometimes you lead from the side cheering peers on, sometimes you lead from behind where you are encouraging and pushing teammates forward, and sometimes you have to lead from the front. Now may be the time to lead from the front and to be intentional about reaching out to your teammates or classmates and pulling them along. In the secondary school, we are in the midst of culminating activities. They are high stress times. Try showing some leadership and be intentional about reaching out to make sure your teammates and classmates are ok. Turn on your cameras and mics and connect with someone. Have a goal, a purpose for reaching out and be intentional in how you do it. Our community will be better for it. And believe it or not, it will give you more energy to face your challenges.
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