Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Last Post On The BHS Principal's Blog

It seems like yesterday that I was introduced as the new Principal at BHS, but the reality of it is that five years have passed.  I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what has transpired over the last five years (both personally and professionally).

While five years seems like a very small amount of time, it is quite significant when I look at it with  the lens of a parent. (I have photos to prove it.)
My kids who were 1, 6, and 9 are now 6, 11, and 14. Even scarier is the fact that my oldest will be entering high school next year.

My Three Kids In 2007 
My Three Kids Now
Finishing my thoughts on my own kids is where my personal and professional thinking starts to collide. While five years is a short time for me at this point, it is a huge amount for my children (or anyone else's). The growth I have seen physically, emotionally, and intellectually has been amazing to witness. With this thought in mind, I am clearer than ever that we cannot afford to have this valuable time be wasted on meaningless activities. What my kids (and everyone else's) needs is different than what was needed in the past and it is more important than ever that we change the way we define learning in our schools.

Having said this, I am very excited to continue the discussions on learning in my new role as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning.  It is such a great time to be an educator and I couldn't be happier about the fact that I am continuing my career in Burlington.  I feel blessed to have found such a wonderfully supportive community to work in.   This is such a positive place to work as an educator thanks to the support that the town gives its schools and the wonderful students and staff that occupy our classrooms each day.  It is refreshing to be involved in daily discussions surrounding how we can improve learning environments for students and not sin our wheels with distracting discussions that take our focus away from students and learning.

I will be doing my blogging at my new blog Learning in Burlington, which I will use as a space to continue to chronicle my own learning journey and also sharing the wonderful learning that is taking place throughout our school district. 

So after over 1,600 blog posts and more than a half million page views, I am happy to turn over the control of the Burlington High Principals Blog to new BHS Principal Mark Sullivan.  

Happy Blogging to Principal Sullivan and best wishes to everyone at BHS


  1. Thank you Patrick and congratulations. I look forward to to the next 1600 and beyond!

  2. Congratulations, Mister Larkin! Looks like the twitter handle will have to change, too, right?

    You've reformed so much about BHS; I'm proud to say I attend.

  3. Thanks Rachel! I already pass off the @bhsprincipal twitter handle to Mr. Sullivan last week.