This class of students have such a big part of my heart. While they are not the first group of students that I have had for all three years, they are the first group of students that I truly felt like I knew what I was doing. They got the best of me. I had found what worked best in my teaching, and that confidence transferred over to them.
These kids are amazing!!! They are sweet, kind, caring, funny, smart, compassionate, and intelligent individuals. Not a day has gone by that I haven't laughed at something that they said or did. From our first performances together in the Broken Arrow Sixth Grade Musical performing Joseph and the Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat to our performance in Branson just a few weeks ago, their growth as musicians and people is amazing. I'm so proud of them. I wouldn't change a thing. They drew silly pictures of SpongeBob on bananas they weren't supposed to take out of the cafeteria, they made up dances and raps just for my birthday, they created hand puppets for each warm up, and they worked so hard each and everyday.
So to the Class of 2019,
I have loved every minute. You are a big piece of my heart, and I will never stop calling you my kid. I hope that you will look back on your time as a member of Sequoyah Middle School Vocal Music, with pride. Ladies you were the first group of girls to get Superior at OSSAA contest in a long time. Boys, you laid the foundation for building a successful Men's choirs. You have been building the foundation for a successful Vocal Music program, and you have done a great job. I'm so proud of you. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for giving me your best. You are leaders. You are game changers. Go out boldly and brilliantly and change the world. Don't stop singing, there is always a song, and people need to hear what you have to say.Come back and see me and give me a hug. You are so loved. Dr. Seuss said it best, "You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...Get on your way!"
Make me proud,
So Vonna Stout and Justin Rosser, they are your kids now. Love them, care for them, and make them better. Remind them a lot that I will be checking on them, but it is time for them grow. You will love these kids.
There will never be a group of kids quite like this bunch and I couldn't be more proud of them!