February 12, 2016
In being principal of two buildings, there are a few things that I miss. One of them is being outside in the morning to greet students, parents, grandparents and staff as they arrive in the morning. During the time now, I am facilitating data meetings with classroom teachers, special education, Title 1 and interventionists. Both activities have merit, but as an
educational leader of the school, data meetings outweigh the morning hellos.
There is research that supports the fact that those friendly “good-mornings” make all the difference for some students. So, although I am not outside, we are fortunate to have Mrs. Cook be our greeter in the morning. In addition, you will hear many of our staff members reaching out to students with caring words of support. I think of it as our students’ “morning coffee” or “pick-me-up.” It is our hope that by 8:00 a.m., our students have heard welcoming words from at least five staff members.
This is the last year of our Project Promise (after-school) grant. Our district is in the process of submitting an application for consideration to be awarded the grant again. It is a competitive process through the Department of Education and we need your help. In this week’s newsletter, you will find a message from our Director of Project Promise, along with a survey we ask you to take.
Please stay warm this weekend and enjoy Valentine’s Day on Sunday! We sure felt the “love” from our families on Friday at school with the special treats, notes and words of thanks. Have a great weekend!