It is a bittersweet week for us, here at Novitas Academy. One of our students will be returning home this weekend. Although, we are proud of his progress and accomplishments, it is always a little sad when one of our students leaves. Please take a moment to read the following from JK:

“There’s something beautiful about snow. I’ve always loved clean and pristine beauty of freshly fallen snow, it’s a blank canvas for you to build off of, to change and form to your hearts content, it’s a wonderful metaphor. (For those of you who are confused, it’s currently snowing out) I like to think of the relationship I’ve built with my mother as snow; we’re at a point in our lives where we can change and shape the future of it as we like. That’s not to say it’s been easy, like snow, it’s been a cold and bitter process in getting us to a wonderful moment.

There’s been a lot of pain and frustration in the past 8 months, I’m not proud of many of the things I’ve said and I’m sure the same is true of my mother. We’ve both been too pigheaded and stubborn to see how we could work together to solve a lot of the problems that arose over time. I’d like to thank Hanna for all her help the past 2 months. She has been an amazing mediator and problem solver and succeeded where my mother and I had failed-that is in getting us to agree for once.

After Hanna came in things truly began to change; we were actually talking, compromising, understanding; it was the closest that my mother and I had felt to being a real family in probably 2 ½ years. We seemed to be on the up and up, and we still seem to be, the next challenge is seeing if we can stay that way with a HUGE change in dynamic coming up in less than week. I think we’ve both learned that it’s up to us to make the change and take the time to understand each other. We’ve both been too rigid in our thinking, but we’re going to try to stop, there is no way of knowing if we’ll succeed, but the fact of the matter is we will try, and that is what truly counts.”

Wasn’t that amazing? JK, we wish you and your family the best as you return home!