Friday, October 2, 2015

Anything can happen

I saw this quote from Shel Silverstein and just had to include it this week.  Imagine if we all professed the final two lines to all the children we see every day.  "Then listen close to me.  Anything can happen, child, anything can be."  We need to provide the supports for children to reach their goals.  We need to pick them up when they're feeling down or dejected.  Years ago I would have never thought that I would be a principal of a terrific school with an awesome staff and tremendous students.  But then one person, Dr. Baxter, the human resources director in a neighboring district, saw some leadership abilities in me and supported me and just always found the time to talk.  And now I'm here, in Merton, going to school every day and enjoying every minute of it, the ups and the downs.  Just because of the support and mentorship of one person, Dr. Baxter.  So I challenge you to connect with that one student who will see you as their mentor, their "one person".  I'm positive that it will amaze you!

Tuesday, October 6th        CPI training 7:30-8:30AM
                                            Practice 4:15-5:15PM
Wednesday, October 7th   A-team 1:30-3:30PM
                                            CPI training 4:15-5:15PM
Thursday, October 8th      Practice 4:15-5:15PM
Saturday, October 10th     EdCamp Lake Country (Pewaukee High School)

Tweets, quotes, and blogs
"You can't keep blaming yourself.  Just blame yourself once, and move on."- Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) on The Simpsons
What New Teachers Need to Know About PD but is really for ALL teachers (blog from Brad Currie @bradmcurrie)
"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."- William Feather, publisher
"The most essential factor is persistence--the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come."- James Whitcomb Riley, writer
"People that pay for things never complain.  It's the guy you give something to that you can't please."- Will Rogers, humorist and entertainer
Classroom management strategies (from
"Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt."- Eric Sevareid, journalist
#educoach blogging challenge (This challenge is for more than our coaches.  C'mon.  Take a chance!)
Newsela (from all about leveled non-fiction reading)
"Knowledge is power.  Power to do evil...or power to do good.  Power itself is not evil.  So knowledge itself is not evil."- Veronica Roth, novelist
If you are interested in field testing educational products, here is a link to a website that allows you to do that for free!
"It is said of money that it is more easily made than kept, and this is true of many things, such as friendship."- Samuel Butler, writer
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud."- Coco Chanel, fashion designer

(created by Promila from PixTeller)
At least one of you knows that this is a take on one of my favorite lines- Keep on keeping on.  I have watched all of you this first month of the school year take on new challenges with a passion and drive that keeps me going.  Please know that I notice and recognize all that you do for our students, one another, and me.  Thank you!

Here's to a great weekend with a Badger victory over the Hawkeyes, a Packers victory over the 49ers, and a wonderful time spent with family and friends.