As a school we each hold great responsibility within our system as the lead learners. We have the job that teaches all others and that is no easy task for any of us and we know it. What we do is hard, it is trying, it is frustrating, BUT ultimately it is the MOST REWARDING job I’ve ever had in my 25 years since my first job as a 15 year-old bag boy.
There is no other job or career that has brought me such joy and happiness. To see our students in our classrooms, halls, cafeteria, and outside the building engaged in learning, collaboration, and extra-curricular events is the highlight of each and every day! We are so blessed to be here at Cherokee – we have students and families that value education. They appreciate what we do and entrust us to prepare our children for their future. They entrust we are preparing them with the tools necessary to be productive citizens and contributors to our community and society. The power and influence we hold is amazing and one that much of society will never comprehend.
This morning while reading on Twitter I came across this article on Education Week written by Eric Jensen (@EricJensenBrain) in a tweet from Peter Dewitt (@PeterMDeWitt) Five Things Most People Don’t Know Poverty & Student Achievement. I emailed it to you and hope you have had a chance to read Eric’s research and the power we have, not only on our students, but our community and society as a whole. Powerful research shared in his article when you see how very important our role as educators really is in today’s world.
With that being said we are role models for our students and ultimately we are the LEAD LEARNERS.
How we communicate, collaborate, critically think/problem solve, and what we model is being viewed by our students each and every day. Our words matter, our Positivity and our Pledge to be positive are equally important to the success of one another and our students. It isn’t easy – I know this, but we must hold one another accountable. We must build one another up and see the positive in each and every student we work with daily. EACH AND EVERY STUDENT!
Each student we come in contact with has a story just as we do. Each of them comes to us with “baggage” just as we do. We are each fighting “battles” even though we may not show it – we are and that includes our students.
“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” – Plato. This is great advice as we face our students and lead them each and every day. Many of them are fighting hard battles. Remember that when the student makes a mistake. They are learning, growing, and trying to find their way in this crazy world. We as adults are here to help guide them and help them find their way. There will be bumps along the way and the path to success will NOT be a straight line.
So, remember each day WE model our problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and technology skills crucial to being successful in today’s society. Our students are looking to us as the Lead Learners to guide them. What we say, do, and how we react will stick with them much longer than the curriculum we teach them.
We make a difference each and every day. . .whether it is a positive or negative difference depends on the individual.
Be the POSITIVE CHANGE in the lives of our students. Let your light shine brightly on them ALL.
What’s happening this week at CMS?
Morning Duty: Doyle – Cafeteria; Thomas – Library; Larson – Hall; Mooney – Bus; Dunn – Gym.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Faculty meeting 3 p.m. in Library.
Girls Basketball Tournament Round One at Cherokee. 7th grade at 3 p.m. and 8th grade to follow.
Boys Football at Kickapoo vs. Pershing – 7th grade at 5:30 for an undefeated All-City championship. 8th grade to follow.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 - No students. See email from Oct. 9th with detailed schedule. PL/W schedule – 3.5 hours of work and 3.5 hours of learning = 2 hours on SPS CCSS Wiki & 1.5 hours for Pre-learning Lit Strategy. We will meet in the library at 9 a.m.
Make-up faculty meeting at 8 a.m. in conference room.
Thursday, Oct. 17 - Earthquake Drill at approximately 10:17 in conjunction with The Great Central U.S. Shakeout. More details here.
Grades posted by 3 p.m.
Girls Basketball Tournament Round Two at Cherokee TBD – should be the same as Tuesday.
Saturday, Oct. 19 - Girls Championship games at Glendale High School. I’ll email the updated brackets after each round.