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October is time to thank a principal

National Principals MonthThis month, thank a principal or school leader! Each October, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators honors the hard work and dedication of America’s principals. National Principals Month is a great opportunity to show appreciation to principals everywhere.

Principals are often taken for granted, and few people understand the long hours and hard work that are needed to run a school. Principals are accountable to the school district, school staff, and families—a balancing act that requires patience, compassion, and dedication. In addition, principals continually drive student achievement while maintaining a positive environment and managing school safety, family engagement, a wide range of student needs, transportation, extracurriculars, and minor emergencies. Very often, the principal is the first person in the door in the morning and the last person to leave at night.

Virtual learning during the pandemic has brought new challenges to all our principals, who are working to support students, families, and staff as they navigate at-home learning. In MPS, we are hearing that virtual learning is working—but that principals miss seeing students and staff each day. Yet they persevere and rise to the challenge of keeping education on pace until students and teachers can safely return to classrooms.

MPS is grateful for the dedication and commitment of our school leaders, especially during this ever-changing school year. Thank you!

© Milwaukee Public Schools 2019
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