Notes From Notestine
For 30 years, the Middle School has been blessed to have Mrs. Ina Shaver serve as our school secretary. Ina has decided to retire at the end of this school year. For 30 years, Ina has made the Middle School a great place for kids to attend school and for teachers to come to work. She has a way of bringing out the best in all of us.
Mrs. Shaver began her career as MS secretary in 1984. Mr. David Chandler was the Principal, and there were 30 teachers and 360 students. She replaced Nancy Hubbard, who served as the first MS secretary and retired after 10 years of service. Ina has helped more than 5,000 students, 200 different teachers, and more than 10,000 parents as they matriculated through the Middle School. Many of these students would later become alumni and parents who would send their children to Woodward to have Mrs. Shaver help them through adolescence. Several of our present faculty were students during her years here.
Let's consider all the changes that have taken place over the last 30 years. When Ina started her job, scheduling for students' classes was done on a whiteboard with tick marks for each class. The actual process was done in the business office on a mainframe computer. Now, Ina inputs the schedule data at her office computer in order to make our much more complex scheduling process successful. Emails have replaced handwritten notes; copy machines have replaced ditto machines. (Remember the smell of those purple sheets?) In 1984, all the rooms in old Brand Hall had an intercom system connected to the main office. To communicate, you pushed a button. Now, each classroom has a phone and every student and teacher has a cell phone. Changes in the uniform saw the girls' skirts go from plaid to grey to khaki and boys' slacks from grey to khaki. Students once wore the "formal" uniform every day for the entire winter quarter. As for job title - instead of secretary, Mrs. Shaver is now the Administrative Assistant.
Last Saturday, following Woodward's commencement exercises, the Governing Board honored those retiring this year. Ina received an honorary diploma stating her graduation from Woodward Academy. Now, she is ready to move into retirement. She will have more time to spend with her family and countless friends, to spend more volunteer hours at Southwest Christian Hospice, and continue to play piano at her church; hopefully more time to travel, do water aerobics, walk, and bike.
Parents, I hope the next time you speak with Mrs. Shaver you will take a minute to wish her a happy retirement. For 30 years she has made the workload of MS students and staff much easier while serving as advisor, counselor, janitor, nurse, and (most importantly) friend. She has helped countless lost Middle Schoolers to find their way as they "enjoy the ride." The following applies to all those unsung secretaries:
Endless phone calls you will take
Endless decisions you will make
Answering questions all day long,
Making sure nothing goes wrong.
Your organization is beyond compare,
Knowing exactly what to find and where.
Your smile reaches far and near
And tells all they are welcome here.
Thank you, Ina, for all you do.
We will be lost without you.