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“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth to express his excitement caused by passing by a sign that read Baseball Today!  In life as in baseball we have many chances to succeed.  In an average nine inning game a player gets four chances to bat.  Each batter can be pitched four balls, three strikes, and/or hit several foul balls.  A baseball player can fail 70% of the time and end up in the hall of fame.

At Hooks Elementary we certainly don’t want our students to fail 70% of the time but we want them to understand that life has more failures than successes and failures make us better if we have the right attitude.  We want our students to not be afraid of giving a wrong answer or asking a question.  We want them to learn from their mistakes.  Babe Ruth said, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way”.

As we think about the 2015-2016 school year, I hope each of our students will wake up on the first day of school will the same excitement and anticipation felt by a baseball player when he hears the words “Play Ball!”

 Jean Trout, Principal

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