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Principal’s Message

JFK Vision: Achieve the Extraordinary.
 
It is an ambitious and intimidating vision for a school because it raises so many fundamental questions about life. What does extraordinary mean? And what does it mean to actually go out in the world and achieve it?
 
When I am in the presence of something extraordinary, I feel it - like a sensation. It’s the universe synchronizing my senses, thoughts, and feelings in a given moment. It tells me, reminds me, demands me, and implores me to wake up. It snaps me out of my daily routine momentarily to see the possibilities inherent in life and being.
 
So what does it mean to achieve it….to achieve something noticeably different from what we would expect in our daily lives? What could it look like? And what could it look like for a group of teenagers in high school?
 
To achieve, we need a target - a goal or aspiration worth our aim. So the big question in life is what is worth our aim - our energy - our time - our effort - our sweat - our tears?
 
The answer for me lies in Mexico’s mariposa monarcas (monarch butterflies).
 
Each butterfly knows their purpose - what they are doing in the world - what they are made to do. They know where they are going. They know how to get there - to those beautiful reserves in Michoacan and Estado de Mexico. They know who to go with, and they know exactly when to arrive.
 
Seeing each individual butterfly together with millions of others - completely in sync with each other at the right time at the right place for the right purpose - was extraordinary for me.
 
So what might achieving the extraordinary look like for us at JFK? Imagine we achieve results so deeply meaningful and significant that you, your family, your friends, your community, and your country care about what you are doing and take a genuine interest in what you do.
 
Imagine that with one decision you could make your life a little better, and at the same time, your family’s life a little better. And imagine that with one decision you could make your life a little better, your family’s life a little better, and your community’s life a little better. And imagine if with one decision you could make your life a little better, your family’s life a little better, your community’s life a little better, and your country’s life a little better.
 
With one decision. Imagine you wake up and make a commitment to being the best version of yourself everyday where you make decisions that benefit you and everybody around you.
 
What decisions could you make that would have this butterfly effect?
 

Simple things done consistently with purpose every day produce extraordinary results. This is what we aspire to at JFK. This is what we teach.

Simple things done consistently with purpose every day produce extraordinary results. This is what we aspire to at JFK. This is what we teach.
 
When we make decisions aiming making our lives and all those around us better then:
 
  • we inspire people to imagine the possibilities of life and being.
  • our character gives people the strength and courage to do good in the world.
  • our character gives people the strength to overcome tragedy and corruption.
  • we become models for the people we love.
 
This is what makes JFK extraordinary and beautiful. Welcome to High School!
 

Bob Callahan 
High School Principal

Bob Callahan
High School Principal

It is our purpose and passion in high school to design meaningful experiences with leadership, service, and creating beauty for teenagers based on IB pedagogy where our students co-create publishable content with teachers for local, national, and international audiences.

Bob Callahan

High School Principal

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