This is the topic that began Mr. Nixon’s Words of Wisdom. Helping his students understand the death of one of their peers.

7 06, 2020

Student Death – Matt Gnage


I had the pleasure this weekend to watch my daughter, my youngest child graduate from Physicians Assistant School at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It was one of those peak experiences in life, some call them mountain top experiences.

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7 06, 2020



Often this year I have quoted Fred Rogers from the book, “The World According to Mr. Rogers.” It is a small book full of the warmth and intelligence that were such a part of Mr. Rogers’ life. This past weekend, the man who played Mr. McFeely was in Rochester at the Strong Museum.

7 06, 2020

Really Lost


Have you ever felt really lost? I remember, as a boy, I visited my grandfather’s farm in southern Minnesota. The corn was tall, and I was warned not to go out into the fields; but I went anyway. I got hopelessly lost and soon I began to panic. I yelled for help.

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18 05, 2020

Dedication to Brian Scipioni


On December 13, 2002, an eighth grade student at Churchville-Chili Middle School, Brian Scipioni, died unexpectedly of meningitis.  I was asked to prepare and read to an emergency staff meeting, and minutes later to the school community, a message of condolence and hope.  The message I put together began a nearly nine year record of twice-weekly “Words of Wisdom,” which I wrote and delivered to our school community.  Many of my messages are assembled on this website as well

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