By PATRICIA HOLTE | N-O-W art teacher
To the community members of N-O-W:
This letter is in response to a disturbing practice of which I was recently made aware. But first, a little local history…
Thirty-four years ago, my art students and I were asked to paint large plaques identifying the local teams who were in our athletics conference. We painted the logos of those schools on large, wooden circles that are still in the Classic Gym (the one with the stage). While looking up the logos for our conference schools, I looked at the Falcon for Brookwood and thought that it looked more like an eagle rather than a falcon. So, I designed a new logo that is still used today.
This Falcon logo has been used everywhere and on everything, from clothing, calendars, in the hallways and more. When you see a person displaying it on their sweatshirt, for example, they are someone who supports our school in some way and is proud to do so. It is even used on our school-sanctioned social media page to distribute important information and to highlight the great things happening at our school. It is a symbol that unites our three communities in a very positive way. No matter how it is used by our public school district, it represents the N-O-W School District, the staff, and students; and all their accomplishments.
Being a public school, we are gladly required to accept any and all students within our district (and those who choose to come to our school from outside the district) no matter what their abilities are, their family income, their race, their sexual orientation, their religion, their family’s political views or even if they prefer Rice Krispies over Corn Flakes. The logo does not represent any political party, any religion, any race, social economic group, and so on. In summation, the logo represents all the past, present and future accomplishments, deeds, learning, and hard work our staff and students have done and will continue to do.
I was recently made aware of a person in our district who is using our logo on their personal social media account, and their account is filled with their personal political points of view. No matter what my personal views are concerning this person’s viewpoint, I am greatly offended that the logo for our local public school is used in such a way. In no way does that person’s personal view represent what our entire school, its staff, and students’ accomplishments, and its practices are, so seeing the logo used in this way is highly offensive to me. This symbol of the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District, the Falcon, has belonged to our school for the past 34 years. To me, this unsanctioned use of our Falcon logo on someone’s personal social media account to promote their own point of view is a disturbing breach of morality.