A Message from Mr. Vandemark 2-7-2020

Greetings Morse Families!

Each calendar year, the beautiful new planner sits on my desk, a collection of blank pages ready to be filled. This calendar may seem silent, but don’t let it fool you. In reality, it is sending me messages, the same messages I’ve heard for years. Action leads to achievement, it whispers to my mind. You had better get moving; time is ticking by.

Much of my life, maybe like yours, has been dedicated to developing my talents and abilities, increasing my capacity and getting it all done. As a young professional, my worth hung on the words of my employer — positive or negative. As a dad, I needed to hear I was doing a good job. In this new, empty-nest season I call “just us,” you would think this inner drive would slow down. But it doesn’t.

See, it’s not my surroundings that drive me. It comes from me, deep inside. My worth has been unable to survive on the daily grind of doing it all. There is too much beyond my control to make something so valuable hinge on something so volatile. Maybe a new year does this to you, too? You hear the sounds of “hustle harder,” so you make all the goals, begin the new plans, and start a fail-proof system. That has defined my January for many years.

Recently, I’ve started listening to a different inner voice and giving myself freedom, especially in the month of February. It’s a voice that has been there all along; I’d just failed to hear it. This voice speaks to me to set aside all the demanding expectations I feel and breathe easier. It calls to me with calming words, directing me to be still, to quiet and to peace. It calls me away from hustle and hurry.

Stillness…it goes against much of what you’d think the list of goals and new planner stands for. Yet it is everything our soul longs for: peace, contentment and serenity. Now, I’m beginning to see a new way where both my work and peace can live together. No matter how much hustle you hoped for in January, maybe this month you can make a shift and focus on peace and stillness. Whether we hit our goals or not, let’s redefine our Februarys!

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

  • A 3rd grade student was in the library and noticed a Kindergarten in distress about checking out a book. This included tears as the other staff were busy helping others. The 3rd grader promptly comforted the Kindergarten, helped him get his book checked out, then sat and read to him!

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

Advocating for Students,

Steve Vandemark, principal


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