In 10 days, more than 2,300 teens will flock to the high school campus. Parking lot traffic will be a nightmare and school hallways will be super-crowded, with freshman searching for classrooms that may be situated as far as one half mile apart.

This campus should have its own zip code.

“I love it,” library assistant Patty Champion said. “New shoes, fresh school supplies, it is an exciting time of year.”

That’s true for the entire Midlothian High School faculty. At the start of a new school year, teachers stand at their doors during each passing period and usher students into their classrooms with welcoming smiles.

In my years at Midlothian ISD, I have found a pervasive sense of responsibility among our staff. The students are our kids, and their well-being and educational needs are paramount in our work.

Research indicates that in secondary school, participation in extracurricular activities significantly reduces a student’s likelihood of dropping out.

Is there a connection between structured programs and positive development?

Social skills gained in peer activities can help young adults learn how to function well in adult work roles.

The high school offers more than 30 student clubs that can help teens acquire the inter-personal skills needed to form healthy social relationships. Art, astronomy, photography, robotics, ultimate Frisbee, writing, video games, etc.. Please stop in the library for list of clubs and faculty sponsors.

Leisure studies literature emphasizes the importance of spare time activities that provide a forum in which to explore and express one’s identity and interests.

If one of yours is attending the high school this year, visit Meadows to pick up a public card for your family to check out materials. The library is open to the public during school days, weekday evenings and Saturdays.

General Douglas MacArthur often quoted Samuel Ullman’s poem, which reminds us that “youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. In the center of your heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power, so long are you young.”

Whether you are 16 or 60, re-discover a sense of youth by joining the contagious enthusiasm surrounding a new school year.


Susie Casstevens serves as the librarian for the AH Meadows Public and High School Library. Contact Susie at 972-775-3417 ext 1061 or visit the web at