Tuesday, May 31, 2016

That's Life

Celebrating Memorial Day: I want to take the opportunity to thank the families of those who died protecting our country. We sometimes lose sight of why we celebrate Memorial Day and that is disrespectful to those who sacrificed their lives so that we can have the freedom we do today. Thank you.

Marching Bands Galore: Speaking of Memorial Day, I hope you had a chance to see our Middle School and High School student Marching Bands in the parade along with the largest alumni Marching Band ever assembled. 

Well over six hundred forty strong, the alumni band played the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to the thousands of onlookers who enthusiastically cheered them on.  A HUGE thank you to all of the alumni for marching and especially to the volunteers who put it together; Bill Davern, our Director of Fine Arts; and the Camillus Police Department who managed all of the traffic and crowds and made everything flow smoothly.

Kaleidoscope 41: On Thursday night we were all treated to incredible music performances at the forty-first Kaleidoscope Concert at the Civic Center. I have had a chance to watch the performances from the audience as well as from back stage. 

It is quite a feat to make sure that everything runs without a break in the action. The student performers certainly gave us their best efforts; and it showed.

I was also keeping track of the boys and girls lacrosse, softball, and baseball sectional play at the same time as Kaleidoscope. Some of the teams lost, and with that came a few negative text messages, emails and social media messages. This always bothers me as we are talking about student athletes trying their best. Life goes on.  

In fact, as I was reading the texts, I was also listening to Caitlin Barry who was doing a phenomenal job. She was singing "That's Life" by Dean Kay. The words in the second verse could not have been more fitting to this situation- 

"I said that's life (that's life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down
'cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin' around".

Golfers Continue to Compete: Good luck to golfers Sean Stanistreet and Dylan Plis as they play for the New York State Golf Championship next weekend at Cornell University!

Thanks and enjoy the week!