It’s spring, but stay focused on school


Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.

I want to officially take this opportunity to welcome back all students from spring break. I hope your break was filled with fun and excitement.

I know returning to the classroom after a week off may require some refocusing. Spring fever is always an issue.

We tend to think that school is almost out and you have completed all of your requirements and now is the time to slack off for a while. This mindset is definitely not the position to take at this time.

In fact, this is a time even more to burn the midnight oil to ensure you are striving for the highest performance possible. A lot of decisions will be made about you concerning your performance in the next few weeks.

School issues are crucial in these latter days of school. You want to leave a very lasting and positive impression on your teachers.

For middle school and high school students, teachers will begin to make recommendations for students to be accepted into certain programs and also special magnet programs.

A student's performance will determine who will make the cut. In addition, attitude and behavior issues will be factored in as schools make their recommendations. It will be in your best interest to work hard to the very end.

Certainly, there are always decisions made on the status of promotions as well as graduation requirements. Many high school students who are expecting to enter college in the fall ought to be looking very closely at SAT and ACT scores and grade point average. If these scores are not suitable, then you must work extra hard to obtain the required scores.

These are critical areas for admission into college. Nothing should be overlooked or delayed in your schedule to accomplish your goals. Postponing a requirement could delay your dreams of moving forward. Be prompt in all of your school work.

Spring fever for many will be a time to enjoy the warm weather and have fun doing the things that students want to do. There is nothing wrong with having fun, but there may be more important things to do on your list. Having too much fun could compromise your success in school.

So, keep things in perspective as you return to school. Be prudent in your actions. Keep your focus and attention on your school work and know what your priorities are in your life. As I have said many times in my articles, "Learn more to earn more."

Yes, the end of the school year is right around the corner, and yet, there is still work to done. Please, students, do not run out of steam at this point. You have come too far now to quit. Meet with your teachers and counselors to determine your status.

A wise person once said, "Life is continuous and there are lessons to be learned each day." In the big scheme of things, spring fever is only a feeling, but education is a tool for life. Stay focused and avoid the fever of springtime. Work hard to make your dreams come true.

Welcome back and much success to every student in the Alachua County school district.

Philoron Wright is assistant to the superintendent of community and schools for Alachua County Public Schools.

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