Today we read one of my favorite books, Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. Mrs. Peterson is a role model for me. She worked hard to teach the students in her class, who struggled in various aspects of their life, to believe in themselves. I love reading about what each of the kids became in the future: how Thom became the artistic director of the American Ballet company, Ravanne became a textile designer for the fashion industry, and Gibbie became an engineer for NASA. These students started out not believing in themselves, believing that they were dumb and not as good as other people. Mrs. Peterson changed that belief and it started with a definition.
“Genius is neither learned nor acquired. It is knowing without experience. It is risking without fear of failure. It is perception without touch. It is understanding without touch. It is understanding without research. It is certainty without proof. It is ability without practice. It is invention without limitations. It is imagination without boundaries. It is creativity without constraints. It is …extraordinary intelligence!”
Patricia Polacco, Junkyard Wonders
One of the reasons why I love this story so much is that it is true. Mrs. Peterson’s perception of her students matches my beliefs of my students. Each and every student in my classes is a genius. Life may get hard; school may get hard, but they have the qualities and characteristics of geniuses. As they dream big dreams, as they have high hopes, as they are willing to work for things they want, they can become anything they want.
It is my hope that I can pass this on to my students as Mrs. Peterson did to her Junkyard Wonders. I can’t wait to see what becomes of my students in the future. It is my wish that each of you become the best you possible. Reach for the sky. Dream big. Remember, you ARE a genius! Never forget it. Never doubt it. You can do and be anything you want. WORK for it. WANT it. DO it! BE it!
On Saturday, Mr. Hurd participated in the Quakertown Triathlon. He had trained for many days for this. It started with a .6 mile swim in the lake. While he was swimming, we stood on the side of the lake to cheer for them as they came out. Mr. Hurd is a fast swimmer and was done in about 20 minutes. After swimming, they jumped on their bikes to ride for 40 miles. It is such a long distance, I don’t think I would be able to bike that far. There were also so many BIG hills! While they were biking, Eloise and I rode with Mr. Hurd’s mom and dad, my sister, niece, and her grandma. We followed the bike path and cheered on all of the bikers we passed. After we passed Mr. Hurd and my brother-in-law, Peter, we would stop and get out of the car to cheer them on while holding up posters we had made. Then we would jump back in the car and do it all over again until they were done with the biking part. After the bike ride, they had a 6-mile run. Can you even imagine running after biking for 40 miles? I certainly can’t, but these two guys did it, along with a hundred other people. I am so proud of Mr. Hurd and Peter for working hard before to train and during the Triathlon. Way to go boys!
I am so excited to start a new school year. The move up to a new grade is always a fun experience with new friends, new teachers, new classrooms, new everything! This year I get to move up from third grade to fourth grade too. Just like many of you, I am excited, nervous, and anxiously awaiting the start of school.
We are going to have a lot of fun as we learn a lot of new things. The beginning of the school year is one of my favorite times. I love feeling the excitement in the air as students come into the school after being away for the whole summer. I love getting to know a whole new group of students. I love the chance to see old friends and make new friends. I love the chance to start a new page and be a better me. There are so many things to love about the school starting again, and I can’t wait to meet my students and get started learning!