We are four weeks into our school year, and many wonderful things have already happened. I see students, staff and colleagues helping others and voluntarily giving of their time and talents to lift their peers. I see people pick up trash they don’t have to. I see people hold doors. I see people ask if someone is ok. I see people help clean up something they didn’t spill. I am so very impressed with the body of people I am working with.
Homecoming was this past week, and what a week it was! School spirit is on display wherever you go. Our homecoming parade, something that hasn’t been stopped since anyone can remember, was cancelled due to weather. The superintendent mobilized the participants and organized an impromptu pep rally that was well-attended by the community, students who had been originally dismissed that volunteered to come back, and our elementary and middle school students (who behaved incredibly well for all the chaos that was their Homecoming Friday.)
Something else that happened this week I was reminded of during tonight’s #iaedchat on commitment vs. compliance. (Check out the archive when it is posted later, search the hashtag to read more, or search out @jimmycasas and @danpbutler.) I had two classes struggling to succeed, needing a change. The students were frustrated and the teachers felt like their hands were tied. Everyone came together willingly to brainstorm solutions. We have a plan to move forward, but we also have hope to create a better educational experience for all involved.
I am thrilled to be in a place that has teachers working to serve student needs. I am thrilled to be in a place that has students concerned enough about their education to speak up when they have ideas. I am thrilled to be in a place where I can be a servant-leader, appreciate what is already happening, and grow right along with everyone else in the building. We have fantastic custodians, secretaries, cooks, and paraprofessionals. I am thrilled to call myself a Timberwolf!