A Message from Mr Vandemark 1-10-2020

Greetings Marksmen Families!

Here we go, back into the swing of the new calendar year, new semester for school…does the following scenario seem vaguely familiar? Tossing of keys into a purse or on a table, stuffing your laptop in your workbag and encouraging your kids to hurry into the car, dashing out the door at breakneck speed. If it were a NASCAR race pit, we would’ve been back on the racetrack of life in 20 seconds flat! But life isn’t lived on a racetrack. In fact, life doesn’t give us checkered flags when we finish our race. It’s quite the opposite.

Life is like a vapor, here one moment and gone the next. We do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? We are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I learned that heartbreaking lesson one day as I drove down the freeway, racing to get our kids to school on time and traffic halted to a stop. It wreaked havoc not only on my color-coded schedule, but on my soul. I was frustrated and annoyed with all the cars around us inching forward - until I saw a mangled car on the side of the freeway, completely bashed in. A family was huddled together while paramedics attended to what thankfully looked like minor injuries.

It was a sobering reality to see that family’s world instantly changed. I stared in the rearview mirror at the faces of the children I love and realized I was rushing through everything and living in nothing. I wasn’t living each moment with a peace and gratitude for the life I’ve been granted. It was a moment that marked me forever and forced me to whisper, “Make moments and memories matter.”

            Are you making moments and memories matter? Are you living each day to its fullest? Do you live on mission, to intentionally share joy to those around you? Whether in a cubicle, a college or a community, you have the finite ability to make time count. So, what are you doing this year or willing to commit to in the new year that will affect your future? What are you doing this month to grow your ability? What are you doing this week to make a difference in someone’s life? What are you doing today to savor the gift of life?

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a traveler who just missed a flight.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask the driver who just avoided a car accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the athlete who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

If life is truly just a vapor, treasure every moment you have. You might not have a white flag indicating your last lap on the racetrack of life, but I encourage you to live like it’s your last go-around and savor every turn!

Ready? Set. Go!

Now let me follow with the “Best Thing(s) Mr. V Saw At Morse This Week”: 


  • In lunch this week, a 1st grade student accidently dropped her full tray of food, which brought tears for two reasons: embarrassment and her thinking, “There goes my lunch.” Not one student laughed or said anything negative. What did happen is, without asking, several students jumped into action – some grabbing paper towels, some cleaning up the tray and food, some comforting the shook student and taking her to a table, and some going back through the food line to get her a new tray of food! Wow, truly took my breath away….Don’t we have great Marksmen?!

We are student centered and community strong – we are Morse!


Advocating for Students,


Steve Vandemark, principal


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