The authors made me think about some things, including the guilt some adults and many students feel when they take time to recharge. Adults often feel that every day is the most important day in the history of their respective professions. With some exceptions, that simply is not true. Most days are relatively routine for all of us with some pockets of excellence and some number of minor missteps. There are certainly times when optimal focus is required for prolonged periods of time. That being said, it is impossible to go forever without a break.
Our students have similar situations. The schools in PVPUSD are rigorous and competitive. Most would agree that our excellent schools prepare our students well for the next steps in their lives. Occasionally, I wonder if we are giving our students enough breaks along the way. A downside of always grinding for the next step is missing the opportunity to enjoy the current step. I am happy when I see “No Homework Days” in our schools. I hope our students take advantage of these days to do something fun. It would be really nice if some of those fun activities included their families!
My second child is leaving for college before our first day of school in PVPUSD. I can assure everyone that when that time comes, I will not be thinking about what I could do with a couple more hours in the office. Like any decent article, the meaning may be different for every reader. I am thinking about the importance of investing time with the people and things that make sense beyond our jobs and studies. September is around the corner. I hope everyone takes advantage of the limited time we have to recharge.
Each school in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has successfully launched a new website.
The redesigned websites are part of the ongoing efforts to improve school to home communication. Each website also provides an opportunity to share news, information and highlights of events and activities.
PVPUSD school websites can be accessed from the "Schools" menu on this website or directly at the links below: