Announcements I Hoped That I Wouldn't Hear From My High School Principal

Dr. Sean Feeney, Wheatley School.
Dr. Sean Feeney, Wheatley School.

Principals have it tough

If you think that filling the position of a high school principal is an easy gig, think again. It's the toughest job in the school. A principal has to not only deal with his own headaches, but those of his teachers, students, the local and state school boards as well as the community. It's all on him or her, the high school principal.

Sometimes he or she wins. Sometimes he or she doesn't. I think that the reason for so many high school principals resigning to find other vocations is the number of failures of the principal and his staff and the overall toll it takes on them. To gain a wider prospective on life, one just has to be a high school principal for one week.

Bowie High School principal, Jane Spence.
Bowie High School principal, Jane Spence.

Principal is no job for me

Could you handle this job? I couldn't. And I am not the least bit ashamed to admit it.

Fact is, the principal has "the" ultimate power, or "the" boss where he works. From his daily announcements via intercom in the morning before the school day starts, to the after-school counseling to a troubled-student who may not pass to the next grade. The principal sometimes is "the" one who has to step-up and take charge of whatever situation his school may hand him.

Dwan Jordan, Sousa Middle School principal.
Dwan Jordan, Sousa Middle School principal.

I dreaded morning announcements.

And speaking now of the announcements the principal makes each day. I know from first-hand experience the stress and worry that I felt from having to listen to my high school principal whose power was out in the open and he never denied that he "ran the show" at my high school.

Actually I dreaded "that" part of my school day. His announcements. And you bet your turnip farm that there were certain . . .

Announcements I Hoped That I Wouldn't Hear From My High School Principal

Principal Jack Sheldon stands in classrooms  which was built from a converted missile silo Holton, Kansas.
Principal Jack Sheldon stands in classrooms which was built from a converted missile silo Holton, Kansas.
Rick Robbins, principal, Utah High School.
Rick Robbins, principal, Utah High School.
Bryan Lombardi, Westhampton High.
Bryan Lombardi, Westhampton High.
Carrie Neirheim, principal, Murray Middle School.
Carrie Neirheim, principal, Murray Middle School.
Laurie Barron, principal,  Smokey Road Middle School.
Laurie Barron, principal, Smokey Road Middle School.
  • "Mid-terms will begin this week. Not next week."
  • "Past-due library book fees will be paid today or offenders will be suspended for two days."
  • "Our lunch room will be open today." (We hated the slop our lunch room personnel served. And we prayed that our State Board of Health would come by and shut this garbage hole down).
  • "Locker inspection will take place at first break. Hope you are prepared."
  • "Boys, if your hair touches your shirt collar today, you will be suspended long enough to get it cut within my guidelines."
  • "Mr. Moore's second period Ag Class will be helping with our cheerleaders' homecoming float." (This was not a good announcement. It wasn't like we guys would be interacting with our hot cheerleaders. No. We were the pack mules who shouldered the heavy-moving tasks.)
  • "Pep rally for Friday has been canceled due to some talk I heard yesterday of how some senior girls were planning to wear skirts that were not acceptable within our dress code."
  • "Princes for concessions in our break area have went-up five percent in order for 'Mr. Sandy,' the snack distributor to break-even on his snacks."
  • "There will be absolutely no transistor radios on campus from this day forward. I will not tolerate that "hippy," "anti-establishment: music. We are an American education institution and I plan on keeping it that way."
  • "Absolutely no sunglasses will be worn by any student from this day forward."
  • "No sneaking of snacks inside our teachers' classes or you will be expelled."
  • "If I, or any of my staff or teacher, report to me that some of you are using profane language on school property, I will see to it that your parents meet with me and you to see why you must use this "gutter language."
  • "Lastly, will Kenneth Avery report to my office immediately. It came to my attention that you were writing some rather out-of-character stories in Mrs. Young's (real name) English class. Mrs. Young has a heart condition. This is serious Kenneth wherever you are."

I have always wondered what was said at that meeting for I didn't go because Mr. Sargent, rest his soul, our high school principal, had a number of memory problems.

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Kathleen Kerswig 19 months ago

Love this Hub! Voted up, of course. I liked the announcements in the morning but you brought up some memories of those announcements that weren't so heart-warming. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!


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Babbyii 19 months ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

Oh my goodness Kenneth. LOL .. I can totally identify with the principal's morning announcements. Makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. My Dad always liked to make surprise visits to the school to talk to the principal. I was walking on egg shells all the time. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

LOL! Babbyii,

Oh yes. The dad visiting the school was our number one fear also.

Before I go on, thanks for the sweet comment.

A buddy of mine along with me and our third buddy were sitting in our Study Hall, a quiet period and our teacher had her windows open for it was so sweltry.

Suddenly, my buddy turned pale and his eyes fixed outside the window. It was his dad walking around and my buddy swore under his breath and crawled down in his desk afraid that the dad would stick his head in the windows and talk to him.

I laughed for days about that.

Thanks again, Babbyii, for your lovely remark. Come back anytime.


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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Kathleen,

Yes, those announcements were not all good, I might add.

One fall morning our principal made a few of my buddies angry at his remark of all of the student body treating our football boys a little more special that day for the work they had did in the regular season.

You see, my buddies despised the football team for there WERE NO blue collar male students on the entire team. They were all guys from rich parents who controlled our town.

Ahhh, rough times.

Hey, come back anytime.


Kathleen Kerswig 19 months ago

Thanks! I plan to come back often. ;)


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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Kathleen,

Thanks from my heart. You are a true friend.

I pray that something great and good happens to you today.

Kenneth

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