This superintendent’s letter concerning the Taylor Swift live performance is golden
Schools are dealing with a truckload of problems these days. But one that has particularly impacted secondary schools, evoking a lot of anticipation and excitement among students — along with plenty of administration anxiety — is Taylor Swift’s Eras tour.
Because concerts in many cities fall on days before or after a school day, many students plan to stay away from school to either attend the concert or get a late night sleep (or both). And apparently some students and parents expect these absences to be filed as excused.
Some school districts have issued surly and earnest warnings to students. Some didn’t say anything at all.
Then there is Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida.
Superintendent Addison Davis sent this letter to parents and students ahead of the Tampa concerts last week:
There is a Sensitive situation we need to discuss. Are you … I am ready?
As far as I know there’s a pretty big concert in Tampa this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In my Wildest Dreams I never thought I would send a message saying this, but I’m trying to be the best superintendent I can be without making one bad blood between me and our amazing students.
Students, You have to calm down. Under no circumstances will Friday be an excused absence because you had one Enchanted evening under the starlight at Raymond James Stadium. I understand that I am antihero here and call it what you wantBut You’re on your own, little one if you think you are a swiftie is a good excuse for missing important instructions. You know All too well You should have said no to attend a Thursday evening concert. Especially one from an artist who is known for putting on an AMAZING 3 hour show.
You may think you are Out of the woods since it’s the fourth quarter, but make no mistake, if you’re missing an important lesson, you can’t do this Shake off. Your testimony could be Treacherous because you refused stay stay stay in class. I know, I know, you are not sorry for participating in one gorgeous concert, but I promise you it’s not a hoax.
All you had to do was stay in class.
I hope there aren’t any blank space in your seat on Friday morning.
It could be a Cruel summer if you prefer being a swiftie to being in class.
You belong to me, to me!at school.
please don’t let me see Red with your absence
Forever and ever,
Superintendent Addison Davis”
27 song titles by T. Swift. We are speechless.
1. It’s fun.
Obviously, this is one headmistress who doesn’t take herself too seriously. Whether she’s a Swiftie herself or has another fan helping her with this letter, she’s not afraid to mix business with humor when it’s appropriate.
2. It still communicates high expectations to students.
When you get over the initial shock of hearing a superintendent shout “You Belong With Me, Me!” In an official school communication, you address the actual reason for the communication from the principal. Going to concerts is an unexcused absence. She just told you in a really funny way.
3. It’s an amazing linguistic feat.
Honestly, someone needs to warn people at the National Book Awards. Twenty-seven titles in twenty-three lines? Are you kidding me? Those last four lines are like a lap of honor.
This is art. We demand a documentary.
We love a funny, smart headmaster, don’t we?
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