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The Hill Academy Newsletter- March 21st, 2021

March 21st, 2021 HILL Message (from Academic Director Rick Kunc): Obviously, COVID-19 has had a wide range of impacts on many people. One of the impacts that this has had on my professional world is it has greatly impacted my ability to go into classrooms and witness what is going on. And that is unfortunate because it is one of the best parts of my job. I have tried observing activities when teachers have moved their class into large spaces like the cafeteria, or when they have gone outside. And every so often I stand in a doorway and catch a few minutes of what is going on. Last week I was doing just that and I heard this exchange between one of our students named Asher and another student. Asher said, “I didn’t say, I don’t know it, I said I don’t know it YET!” I cannot express how happy I was to hear that. I have no idea what they were talking about, and really it doesn’t matter. It was Asher’s attitude that I loved. Imagine if we went through life with that attitude toward learning. I just don’t know how to do it YET. It is hopeful, it is resilient, it is positive. It demonstrates a belief in oneself. We talk about taking individual responsibility for our success. This is a great example of that. In the classroom, I will seek to understand. I will work to solve that math problem, demonstrate the science experiment, or write that paper in a clear way. I may not be able to do it now, but if I continue to work at it, I will be able to do it eventually. I also think about how this applies to training. We ask our student-athletes to commit to continuous improvement. And they may not be able to do 5 unaided pull-ups right now, but through continued hard work and development, they will be able to eventually. So here’s to Asher, and his willingness to articulate the difference between not knowing and not knowing YET.

Quote of the Week: “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." -Michael Jordan ____________________________________________________________________________

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