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Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog - Week 17 Print E-mail
Mr. McClure's Weekly Blog
Week of:  November 24 – 28
Week 17
“The Principal’s Post”

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.”

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Internet Source:  http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for, and to, the students and staff of SMS for their efforts to date this year.  And in thanksgiving for blessings and opportunities afforded us, may we, in the days and months ahead, remember and accept our responsibility in the roll that education plays for our future prosperity as individuals, as a school, as a community and as a country.

God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving!


This year our school improvement team is involved in an intense self-study of our school.  This investigation includes collecting information about our school from administration, faculty, staff, students and parents through the use of surveys.   Throughout the year, we are inviting parents to assist us in this important process by taking a moment to complete a series of three surveys – one was completed in August, another this fall (the reason for writing today), and one this coming spring. 

Your input is very valuable as it will provide us with important data that will allow us to better assess the effectiveness of our school.  We care about your child, and we care about the learning environment in which he/she attends each day.  Your input is valuable to our improvement efforts.

Before Friday, December 5th, we would ask that you please take a moment to complete the second parent survey.  The link is provided here.

Parents:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7MPV5K8

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  THANK YOU!


Submitted by:  Mrs. Ferguson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

“What does this mean for my child(ren),” is one of the questions that Mrs. Ferguson answers in her Family Edition issue of “The Beacon” for November.  Please click here to read some very important Indiana standards and assessment information that Mrs. Ferguson provides.  Please click here for the Spanish translation.


This week:  T-minus 56, 55

Until next week...
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