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FIESTA: BACK TO SCHOOL / MEET THE TEACHER DAY

A special thanks to all of the parents who came to Meet The Teacher Day on Wednesday. You are a very important part of your child's education and we are proud that you have chosen to share them with us.

CONSTITUTION DAY AT GWA SIERRA VISTA

Thank you Mr. Reavis for speaking to our students about the Constitution and its origins. It was a pleasure having you on campus.

GATEWAY ACADEMY HAS TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

Our classrooms have the latest Ipads, laptops and the new TI Nspire calculators.

A SLICE OF STUDENT LIFE

"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life." — Source unknown

WHO WE ARE!

I have a story that happened to me recently, and wanted to share it with you all because I think you might benefit from it: 


So Monday, I went to get my haircut. Same place, and with a stylist who has fixed me up before. She notices my tie and asks if I had just gotten off of work. I said yes, and she asked me where I work at. I braced myself to explain about charter schools and the antique store with the bowling pin like I usually have to. "I teach at South Plains Academy." Not only did she know the place, but she is a graduate of SPA from many years back. She pauses. "Yeah, that place saved my life." At this point, she shares a story of how she was troubled as a teenager and actually was found by an administrator in the bathroom with blood everywhere. She had tried to commit suicide on campus. They helped her, got her credits straight, and got her on a path to graduate. She now holds a steady job and has beautiful children. It hit me like a ton of bricks. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. We are there for our kids and help them academically, help them graduate, but most importantly, we help them become stable adults who can mature into good people when no other place will afford them that chance. 

I know things are tough. Expectations are high, schedules need to be met, the honeymoon with the kids is over and they are showing their true selves, and the Fair has been in town. This is the long haul with no natural breaks or days off. Keep going. Keep caring. Keep pouring yourself into the students. We only see the seeds, and sometimes never the fruit. But we are changing the world by changing lives. They need us. And we need them. Our future depends on it. Even last night, at the Tech game (Guns UP!), I ran into no less than 7 students working. They have jobs, they have goals, and they have a chance. Let's keep fostering that until chance becomes hope and hope becomes reality. 

I am proud to be a part of SPA as your humble and dedicated co-worker. I love this staff, you are all amazing!

Tim McWilliams

South Plains Academy Charter HS Teacher