Before the school year finished, we asked MSTA members to share the “best thing to happen this year.” Throughout the summer, we will be sharing some of the great responses to lift you up, encourage you or just to make you smile. 

I have a student that came to me after school already started. He was a lot lower than most of the students in my room. He needed a lot of my attention academically. He also did not have a lot of money. He told me that he didn’t have a lot of food at his house. Well, along came my birthday, and this student came up to my desk first thing in the morning with something under his coat. He shyly put a card on my desk. It was a birthday card for me. I was very surprised that he thought enough to bring me a card. He made sure I understood it was from him later that day.  You just never know how you may be impacting your student life. Melissa Bonnell, Hannibal 60 


The best thing that happened this year happened in the last week of school. I just got back from maternity leave and we had a new student —who will be attending our school in the fall — visit. Two fifth-grade boys were showing him the ropes, and I overheard one boy telling him, “This is Mrs. Brockman. She is the best math teacher because she never gives up on you. Math was really hard for me at the beginning of the year, but she wouldn’t give up on me even when I didn’t think I could do it.”. I almost cried when I heard that. It came from a kid who I’ve worked with all year to gain confidence in his skills and who has improved almost two grade levels in one year in most standard areas! Patty Brockman, Altenburg 48 



The best thing that happened this year was receiving a letter from a former student saying that I made her feel valued.Mary Driemeyer, Lindbergh School District 


The best thing that happened during the 2018-2019 school year was watching our staff members come together to showcase their love for our students. The culture of your school is what sets the precinct for our students. Our staff members go above and beyond to create a fun, bright atmosphere.   

Our second-graders are able to pick the school theme for the following school year. During the 2018-2019 school year our students chose an Under the Sea theme. The students walked the halls in August and were wide-eyed looking at the decorations. At Christmas time our hallways were transformed into a winter wonderland.  Each hallway had a different theme but had a common goal. During Dr. Seuss week the hallways were once again transformed into whimsical decor. Our teachers create an atmosphere that is not only inviting and welcoming, but they create a space that shows learning is fun and a space where our students want to come back. Our students, some of which live in poverty have a space where they can feel welcomed and free to explore learning.  Our students deserve a space that is vibrant and full of possibilities.   

Our staff members go on an annual Home Blitz to surprise students with a small trinket and information about the upcoming open house and registration dates.  Our staff also surprise students by engaging in a surprise Christmas caroling in December.   

Our school wants to build relationship with families and communities in ways beyond the school walls.  I am so proud of our school and the bounds we go to create a lasting relationship with students and families.  These are just a few of the best things that happened at our school this year. Kari Hinds , Assistant Principal, South Elementary School, Eldon R-1