May 3, 2021
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The well-being of the students is at the top of Mr. Ricchi’s mind, and since he sees all of them every morning as they complete their COVID questionnaire before entering campus, he’s in a unique position. “As long as I keep a cheery attitude, it tends to bump them up,” he enthuses. “It’s crazy because it used to be that the students were down about coming back to school on a Monday because they love the weekend, but now it’s almost backwards! Not being able to do things on the weekend, they’re craving to come back to school, so they’re more excited to come back on Mondays now… well, at least the freshmen and sophomores who don’t drive,” he chuckles.
We might all be in countdown mode for something - the weekend, Mondays maybe, end of exams, graduation, the beginning of summer - but Mr. Ricchi isn’t. “I’m not counting down,” he emphasizes, “because I know I’ll miss my seniors incredibly. I told my Jazz Band seniors the other day, ‘It’s really cool that you’re doing a countdown, and I’m sure you can’t wait until you’re done with the last final, but the real lesson here is more so about enjoying every day leading up to it. If you learn to enjoy every day, then that’s the real lesson.’ Counting down means you’re going to count down everything - you’re done with this, you have to count down until the end of summer, then count down until the end of the first semester, then to the big meeting at work, and so on and so forth. Your whole life is going to be a countdown. Just enjoy the moments that you have because you’re going to miss these people.”
This mindset isn’t lost on the students. Mr. Ricchi accepted his Teacher of the Year award while listening to the responses of those who voted for him. Pulling from a few student submissions, our students feel “Mr. Ricchi is the definition of a support system. His classes have a beautiful balance of knowledge, fun, and humor which constantly makes me look forward to his class. Mr. Ricchi taught me something I never thought I could learn and instilled confidence in my knowledge whenever I felt like I could not continue or do well. He has a great way of communicating with his students and never fails to brighten their day. He is always welcoming when we get into school. He is always there to greet us with a smile, and even though we can't see it, we know it is there. Mr. Ricchi makes sure to live by the phrase 'Love Lives Here.'”
Mr. Ricchi, your commitment and dedication to living out CMCP’s mission of working Towards a Better World has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do for us!
Saturday, 5/8 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | CMCP
Key Club Officer Elections and Interest Meeting
Monday, 5/10 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM | Belanger Hall
Women Engaged Meeting
Tuesday, 5/11 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM | Belanger Hall
Seventh Grade Parent Tour
Wednesday, 5/12 | 8:30 - 10:30 AM | CMCP
Friday, 5/7 | 3:30 PM | NSU
Friday, 5/7 | 5:30 - 8:00 PM | Zaragoza Center
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