“It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up”

Here we are in the first full week of school. We’ve already had picture day, PTO meeting, athletic events, senior parent orientation, and club meetings. It is very important for your student to be involved in extra-curricular activities.

Hall of Fame baseball player Dizzy Dean pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1930’s. Before the 1934 season, he was asked how many games him and fellow pitcher and Brother Paul, “Daffy”,Dean would win that year. He answered that together; the pitching tandem would win 45 games. The reporter was perplexed at Dizzy’s audacity, Dizzy replied, “it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up”. That year Dizzy won 30 games and brother Daffy won 19 on their way to a world championship. So …taking a page from Dizzy’s book …time to do a little bragging…

For the second year in a row, Silver Lake Regional High School has been recognized by Boston Magazine as one of the top schools in the commonwealth. This year, schools were ranked numerically. While there are over 700 schools in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine chose to rank the top 135.  Our school ranked 35th on the list with only two local schools ranking above us. Criteria used were graduation rate, drop-out rate, AP scores, SAT scores, student/teacher ratios, and extra-curricular offerings. I am very proud of our students, staff, and community for this outstanding accomplishment.

Silver Lake Regional High School was also named a high achieving school by the College Board. Based on the scores our students earn on the Advanced Placement Exams, our school was placed in the top 1% of schools IN THE NATION!

After receiving the esteemed honor of being named Massachusetts High School Principal of the Year last year, going to Washington DC to meet with congress and serving as the Keynote speaker at numerous state-wide educational events, my “reign” comes to an end … almost … I’ve been named an esteemed member of the community and am slated to receive the “ruffled feather award” for Plymouth County and will have the “honor” of being roasted at the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival held To quote a press release; “The festival will continue on Oct. 13 at the Radisson Hotel, 180 Water St., Plymouth, with a tribute to Silver Lake Regional High School Principal Richard J. Kelley, who received the 2010 “Principal of the Year” award for Massachusetts.”

On another note, I have been invited for a second time to be on the Jordan Rich radio talk show on October 8/9 from midnight to 3:00AM on WBZ 1030. I was interviewed by Jordan as Principal of the Year, soon we began talking and he found that I was a fountain of knowledge with useless information about TV trivia from the 60’s and early 70’s.  I’ll be his guest, in studio, fielding questions from his listeners. I hope I can stay awake!

We have many examples of individual accomplishments to be proud of every single day. I am continually reminded of the awesome students and outstanding staff that make Silver Lake the best high school that there is! I am so appreciative of the support we receive from parents, the community at large, our school committee, and local businesses. You make a difference, and it shows. Remember what Dizzy Dean said back in 1934, “it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up”!

Of course it hasn’t been all roses … as you know there was a bomb threat found on a bathroom wall on the third day of school! After venting my frustration to Mr. Mulcahy, I put our response plan into action. We are very fortunate that we have a wonderful working relationship with the Kingston Police Department. KPD, as always, was of tremendous help during this unpleasant event. In addition to your principal, every student who I spoke with about the incident was furious that one of their classmates would commit such a heinous act. Part of the response included sweeping the school with bomb sniffing dogs, having a police presence at the school, denying students the opportunity to bring bags and backpacks to school, and creating a disruption to the instructional day. I was pleased with the response of faculty, staff, and the community, but very displeased with the disruption things of this nature cause. Hopefully we can move forward from this and not have any future incidents. As of today, we do not know who wrote the threat on the wall.

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2 Responses to ““It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up””

  1. Kathy Howie Says:

    I think this is a wonderful blog! I was impressed to learn about how well the students did with AP scores. Colleges will certainly take notice of SLRHS grads now. Thank you and you should be proud.

  2. K. Aubut Says:

    Thank you Principal Kelly. We should all be proud of the staff, students and communities of Halifax, Plympton and Kingston that continue to support quality education and excellence. Great blog – I look forward to reading more entries.

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