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Dangers of the Job

April 23, 2015
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

Every job has its dangers. In some jobs the dangers are greater than others. Some dangers can cause bodily harm, yet others can leave you scarred on the inside. On the list of the “Top 15 Most Dangerous Jobs in America”, educators aren’t listed. The chance of a serious bodily injury in education is rare. On the other hand, the risk of getting a heart broken is far greater.

I went to the Band Dessert Night this week. It was an amazing event where our 5th grade band, our MS band, and the Regiment all performed a number of songs. When our 5th grade band was joined by our Middle School band there were 55 student musicians on the stage. For a school our size, that is an incredible number. The sound they produced was phenomenal (and it was good sound). Ben Futoran has built a strong and impressive program in our little school. His hard work over the years has definitely paid off with quality results. A big thank you goes out to Ben for his efforts.

While I was there, one of the students came up to me and said, “I just can’t imagine what next year will be like without our seniors.” Herein lays the danger in our job. We pour into students all year long, most for multiple years, and then they leave. It is a lot like being a parent. You raise your kids so that you can turn them loose and they can be successful on their own. We educate children (and when I say educate I mean much more than just the academic part) so that they can leave here and be successful at the next level. This is one of the defining characteristics of our staff. We become attached to them. They become a significant part of our lives. And then they leave. It’s one of the dangers of the job.

Can I just tell you that while this is hard for us, it’s very good for you as students and parents. We have a most amazing faculty. They are here because it is a calling, not just a job. Our salary scale is less than the public school, yet they put in many more hours than are required. They coach, they lead mission trips, they sponsor clubs, they teach help classes, and they help out however they can. They understand the privilege and honor they have to teach in a school that has the name Christian in its title. They also know that while academic excellence is always a goal, there is a spiritual side that must be addressed to educate the whole student. AND . . . they pray for their students. When it seems there is nothing we can do to help, prayer is a great tool to have.

This is a bittersweet time of year. We rejoice in the end of the year concerts, awards, and graduations but are sad to let go of our students that are moving on.

Here are some year-end events that you might be interested in attending.

  • Monday, May 4th –
    • MS/HS Academic Awards @ 1:15 in the Worship Center (WC)
    • NJHS and NHS Inductions @ 2:45 in the WC
  • Thursday, May 7 –
    • Senior Chapel – 9:30 in the WC
    • MS/HS Annual Sports Awards – approximately 10:00 in the WC
  • Monday, May 11 – Elementary Spring Concert – 7:00 in the WC
  • Tuesday, May 12 – MS/HS Spring Concert – 7:00 in the WC
  • Thursday, May 21 – Kindergarten Graduation – 7:00 in the WC
  • Friday, May 22 – HS Graduation - 7:00 in the WC