Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MS-HS Open House

On Monday, December 14, the faculty organized an open house to give community members the opportunity to tour the new and remodeled areas in the MS-HS.  One highlight of the night was Mrs. Butzler's dedication of the time capsule that will be preserved behind the date stone.  Below is the text from her speech.

Honoring Legacy
Cultivating Opportunities
Pursuing Excellence

These words are the foundation of Cashton Public Schools.  In the midst of the construction, the move, and getting ready for this dedication, we have found ourselves numerous times reminiscing in the basement of the school.  As we work to “purge” the old, as well as, preserve the past documents and memorabilia that are important to our legacy, we have been sifting through the history of our lives--this school’s life and the life of this community.  In doing so, have been given a glimpse of what life was like throughout the history of our school.  The earliest historical documents that we have found date all the way back to 1860.  What was life like in 1860?  What do the documents that we have found about the early days of our school say about our students, our staff, and our community?

The answer is...the more things change, the more they stay the same.

At the time this school began, Abraham Lincoln was president and the United States was enduring a civil war.  As the years have passed by, this school district has stood the test of time...through the civil war, through the Wright brothers first flight, through two world wars, through the “Kennedy” era, a civil rights movement, space exploration, the invention of the computer, the I-phone, and social media--the list could go on and on with how much things have changed over the years.

However...the more things change, the more they stay the same.

We Value…
Respect, integrity, and character-I am certain the students, staff, and the residents of  of 1860 Cashton valued respect, integrity, and character as much as we do today.
We Value...
Family and community involvement--This community chose to invest, once again in our schools.  Without your support, this construction project would not have been possible.
We Value...
Leadership development
Persistence and work ethic
We Value...
The challenge to grow as the world grows--Our school has most certainly grown and changed as the world has grown and changed.
We Value...
Engaged and healthy citizens
Tradition while looking toward the future
Our rural identity
And...We Value...
Academic Excellence

Once again, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Honoring Legacy--The very values of our school district, honor our legacy--the legacy of the students, the staff, the culture of our schools, and our community.
Cultivating Opportunity--This new building investment, cultivates opportunities for our students that we have never had before--new curricular offerings, the ability to continue to be healthy and engaged citizens.
Pursuing Excellence---As Mr. Bell has said, just have we have for over 150 years, Cashton Public schools will continue to pursue excellence today and well into the future.

Mrs. Muraski’s Desktop Publishing class worked hard putting the contents of this time capsule together last spring--the spring of 2015.  What story will the contents of this time capsule tell about us...about what we value?  Included within it, we have our 2015 Cashton High School Yearbook and a cell phone-- of course.  There are several books including “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings,” a copy of the Cashton Record, an Algebra textbook, and several other items that will hopefully give our descendants a glimpse into what life was like “way back in 2015.  Will these items tell our story?  One of Legacy, Opportunity, and the Pursuit of Excellence?  Will these items accurately portray the dedicated individuals that make up the students, the staff, the families, and the community that we live in… I truly hope so…. only time will tell.

Community is defined as….1.  ”a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common”--- and 2.  “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

Back in 1860, way before Hillary Clinton declared that “it takes a village to raise a child,” it is clear that this community was committed, engaged, and proud of our schools.  The legacy of Cashton Public Schools that we work so hard to honor tells us this is so.

Once again, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, in 2015, our community remains constant, committed, and proud of Cashton Public Schools. So...on behalf of our students, staff, and this community, I dedicate this time capsule back to “us”---the students, staff, and community of Cashton, the legacy of who we were, the opportunity of who we can become, and our endless quest of the “pursuit of excellence.”   As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the more prepared you are for the future.”

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