The Principal

 

 

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East High School Students, Staff, and Community,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome that has come along with my return to East High School.

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to our school staff and, especially, to our administrative leadership team, led by Interim Principal Jason Maclin, for ensuring that our Angels’ start to the year has been a strong one.

As many of you are aware, this is my second opportunity to serve our Angels as principal.  In 2007, I arrived at a school whose young people came to our classrooms from every corner of the city, whose staff members were passionate and thoughtful about their work, and whose parents engaged importantly as partners for learning.

As principal, now in 2017, I am finding that while my earlier observations hold true, the school has strengthened and grown in many ways:

  • Our parents and our community partners take great pride in their relationship with the “Home of the Angels.” They are present in our school and continue to contribute as volunteers with supportive resources.
  • Our teachers are dedicated professionals working together to continually strengthen the quality of teaching and learning at East.  This collaborative effort is vital, as teaching and learning are our core work.
  • The students that I have met are, simply, amazing.  They are leaning into their school experience, discovering who they are, valuing challenge and possibility, and gaining advantage from the opportunities that are available to them as Angels.

These are powerful assets for any school and they are present at an important moment in time for East High School.  Together, we have the capacity to sustain a momentum energized by a tradition of excellence in a school community that is absolutely devoted to the success of our students.  We will continue to strengthen for every Angel.

In my return, I have been reminded of this phrase: “Once an Angel, Always an Angel.”

I am proud to be “Always an Angel,” and I am honored to serve our students, staff, parents, and community as the “new” principal of our magnificent East High School.

Let’s have a great year together,

Mr. Youngquist