Peaceful Transition of Power

Permit me my patriotic glee. Our peaceful transition of power from president to president has been the envy of the world for Two Hundred, Thirty-Three years. Ronald Reagan once paraphrased John Winthrop stating that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere." This is no small thing for me; as I too have lived the American dream. Here is what moved me most in our new President’s inaugural address this morning:

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” Barack Hussein Obama

Ms. Stephanie Carroll, a ninth grader at Eureka High School was nominated last year by Ms. Kathy Dimick, (EHS Assistant Principal) for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC). Stephanie Carroll attended the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC) last week and is in attendance today at the Presidential Inauguration. We look forward to connecting with young Ms. Carroll about the event and nice to know that the Loggers were there.

Dr. Pawlick’s reflection of the JFK Inauguration: I was ten years old and the entire northeast was blanketed in snow – the temperature was in the shivering teens. School was canceled for a “snow day” so I got to lie on the floor in front of our 25” black and white Dumont TV (with the rabbit ears). I recall the inspiration of John Kennedy’s inaugural address to this day and also seeing his breath condense in the cold air with every syllable. I also remember that Robert Frost read a poem commissioned for the occasion and that he had difficulty with the sun glare from the frozen snow. Good memories.

On behalf of the staff, students and teaching faculty at Eureka High School the Principal thanks with great appreciation the Eureka High School Custodial Staff. The diligence of Mr. Sullivan’s crew is remarkable and their sense of mission for our students is observable in the cleanliness of our classrooms, and in how they give up so many personal hours on one moment’s notice. Our gratitude to Mr. David Craig, Mr. Nate Jones, Mr. Joe Kubala, Mr. Ed Lettnecker, Mr. Tomas Lopez, Mr. John Rodgers, Mr. Manny Rodriguez, Mr. Leif Shrecengost, Mr. Matt Thompson and Mr. Ed Sullivan.

Over the past two weeks the Principal has spent significant time observing most classrooms at Eureka High School. I can state without equivocation this is the finest teaching faculty for whom I have worked in my 30 + year career. Here are the qualities and attributes of our teachers that to me, are most observable: A deep underlying belief that students can grow and attain self-actualization; Empathy about individual student’s feelings; Rapport drive evidenced by our teachers’ approving relationships with each student; Teachers personalizing each student’s program; Teachers listening to our students with responsiveness and acceptance; Teachers continuously searching for new ideas, materials and experiences to use in helping students learn; Teachers capable of stimulating students to think, to respond, to feel, and to learn; Thanks to our teaching faculty for making Eureka High School the #1 high school in Humboldt County. Go Loggers!

Dr. Pawlick’s Necktie of the Week Award goes to: Mr. Mauro Staiano – English Department co-chair. Mr. Staiano showed off a 100% Italian Silk paisley patterns of copper and cardinal – perfectly knotted double Windsor. Perhaps Mr. Staino will put up an image of that tie on his website.

Principal for One Hour” trivia contest: The first EHS employee to correctly report the answer of this Friday Morning Briefing’s trivia question (to Mrs. Karen Wilson, Secretary to the Principal) will win “Principal for One Hour!” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I’ll swap job with you for one hour ? Trivia Question: What Shakespearean character uttered: “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ’twere well/ It were done quickly.”

Patriotism knows neither latitude nor longitude. It is not climatic. ~E.A. Storrs