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Jim Eagen

A few years back, we changed our mission to include the word "community." This was deeply intentional and was meant to signal we expect all members of Synapse, not just students, to embrace being a change maker. That means the school's three pillars — SEL, Innovation, Leading Edge Academics — apply to adults, too. It also means our values and our vision are for children as well as for all those over the age of 14. We can’t expect our kids to “exercise optimism,” “go all-in,” and practice “risk” if the adults who surround them don’t. These design elements and culture guardrails are all well thought out, co-created and are thoroughly defined. Adoption of our mission, vision, and values by all key stakeholders at Synapse is the expectation. 

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Jim Eagen

We are on the cusp of the new year. And yes, once again, I'm reminding you, Synapse community, to embrace a very simple, yet radical idea this year: practice maximum enthusiasm. 

Look, I know, I have heard from some of you that not everyone is an extrovert. Many embrace a quiet demeanor, a somewhat contemplative approach to life, and see themselves as introverted. Great. This doesn't mean you can't embrace enthusiasm, too. Enthusiasm isn't measured in decibels and antics, it is about intensity of interest and feeling. Just because you may not look psyched, doesn’t mean you’re not. 

In 2024, I urge you to notice when something is incredible, as it often is, and exclaim or murmur or just make a mental note of it. Isn’t it just fantastic that you have your mental health, for example? Or Wifi, or an electric vehicle, or that you are flying in a plane? Or that you have enough time to take your kids to the ocean? Or if you want ice cream, you are at any time in the Bay Area probably only 5 or 10 minutes away from a place that sells some form of it? (It's true. Trust me.)

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A blog that ran between March 2020 and May 2021 to keep community together.