The “From the Desk Of” series is my regular email to the Valley Torah High School community.
This week was packed as we ended the last official week of the 2015-2016 school year. Students had their last classes, we ran Stanford 10’s, the skate club visited Loaded Boards Inc. (click for pictures), we had our annual Siyum and Student Exhibition (click for pictures) and we said goodbye to the seniors this morning at the weekly Shmooze. I look forward to the official senior send off at graduation this Sunday and wanted to share with you my yearbook letter to them. There are a couple of inside jokes that may not make sense. For example, why would I quote Robert Downey Junior? Is he that poetic? He may be, but that is really just between myself and the seniors. Anyway, enjoy and farewell class of 2016!
To The Class of 2016-
What a roller coaster! Having been on this ride with you gentlemen for two years and having had the privilege of teaching a group of you, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there is not a single one of you that is not bound for greatness. The greatness will come in many forms, but the greatness will come. If I can give you one piece of advice it would be not to wait around for it to show up. Be bold! As the great writer Goethe said, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
Often in my AP Psychology class a few of the seniors rallied around the idea that I will never experience a senior class like this one. There is no question that you are an intelligent, funny, creative, and above all, unique group. It is highly likely what you suggest is true and the class of 2016 will be one I will truly never forget. However, regardless of what I remember, be sure you never forget the skills and values you learned here at Valley Torah. They will guide you forever and be a strong foundation for you to build your amazing life on.
Class of 2016, your success is imminent, but know that success is a choice. You have been heroes at Valley Torah by choosing to lead, model character and excellence and working hard. To be heroes in life beyond 12517 Chandler Blvd. though you must always remember the words of the great Robert Downey Jr. who said, “I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.” Be bold in your pursuit of greatness, choose wisely on your path to reaching your tremendous potential and know that Valley Torah will always be here for you while we proudly cheer you on.
Dr. Eliezer Jones