Saying Goodbye

It’s hard to believe the close of the school year is almost here. It seems like we were just welcoming new and returning students, families and staff members to Moorhead Area Public Schools. As we wrap up a successful school year, it is time to think about saying goodbye.

Many students look forward to summer and the freedom to play, sleep late, enjoy the sun and hang out with friends. Some students will transition to new schools in the fall. Teachers and staff members will miss seeing the students every day. It is so hard to say goodbye.

For beginning teachers, the first year has been full of many new experiences, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes exhilarating. Teachers impact the lives of each one of their students in many ways. Each classroom is like a family, learning to play, work and learn together. Each school year is similar in routine and procedure, yet each year is unique. At the end of the school year, teachers say goodbye to seeing their students everyday. It’s hard to say goodbye.

We have 20 teachers and paraprofessionals and one elementary principal saying goodbye as they retire. The experience, knowledge and skills of these staff members will be missed. We wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives, but we know we will miss seeing them every day. We are so fortunate to have excellent staff members who care so much for students. We can’t thank them enough for the work they have done in our district. It’s hard to say goodbye.

We have an outstanding senior class. The seniors will be leaving our school district and carrying their learning lessons to the next phase of their lives. We will miss the excitement, brilliance and outstanding leadership. It’s hard to say goodbye.

After the goodbyes, whether at the classroom door or in the auditorium after graduation, we will have much to remember from this year and to carry on to next year. Next year will begin with some fresh new faces — new teachers, staff members and students — and many returning faces. It will be exciting to say hello.


Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools