Friday, March 10, 2017

Don't lose sight of today

This may shock you.  I was in a Twitter chat on Sunday night.  The topic was how you focus on this school year while looking forward to the next school year.  Reflection came up a lot.  People blog.  People use post it notes.  People use a journal.  People use apps.  People run and think.  My response had to do with concentrating on this school year when the students are in the building and thinking about next school year when the students aren't in the building.  As I reflected on the chat, my thoughts went to this theme- "Don't lost sight of today."  I have concentrated on this all week, realizing I need to give my full effort to today and making it the best day it can be.  It can be a challenge, but it's the only way to get the most out of every day.  Let's challenge one another to be focused on who we are with, be involved in the conversations we are in, and giving a full effort to our kids the rest of this year.  They deserve it.

Great things I saw this week...
  • Collaboration among students in all grade levels and content areas.  Seriously, every class I was in I saw great examples of this.
  • Great effort in PE classes.
  • Students being challenged by activities and not giving up.
  • Staff and parents coming together for the benefit of students.  I was physically involved in two of these conversations but I know they happen all the time.
  • This note from a parent I received on Tuesday.  "This past Saturday, our 6th grade Merton white team won the AMSAC tournament!  It was very exciting and fun to experience.  However, I want to tell you all about something that was equally awesome.  We have a great team of kids and three exceptional players that also play ABC basketball.  They are Thomas, Riley, and Aidan.  On Jan. 24th, we played Richmond and it was obvious we were the stronger team  Our two coaches, Coach Erickson and Coach Curry, were both gone due to business travels.  Mr. Zirgibel and Mr. Mickol helped coach. However, our ABC players took charge and worked VERY HARD to make sure our less talented NBA superstars could shine that night!  They took over the clipboard, drew out and methodically explained plays so some of the other kids who aren’t as strong could have their moment.  For 6th grade (11-12 years old) that was SO IMPRESSIVE to me that I wanted to share it with all of you.  Those three young men didn’t hog the ball, they didn’t run up the score…they became the young leaders they are and rose to the occasion!!!  Congrats Thomas, Riley and Aidan! Simply impressive!!!  I KNOW there are MANY stories about the bad things that occur during sporting events…I wanted to share something GOOD!"
  • The kids and parents who helped out for our 8th grade basketball tournament.  Dan, Ron, and Jim were pretty awesome, too.
  • The sportsmanship of our players, fans, and coaches in the tournament was pretty awesome, too!
  • Mary working with our 5th graders on PLTW and spheros.  The kids are really excited about the opportunities.
Calendar
Monday, March 13th
  • 7:30-8:15  coaching
  • 2:30-3:30  PTO grants
Tuesday, March 14th
  • 7:15-8:30  volleyball practice
  • 8:15-8:30  Coopetition celebration
  • 9:45  IEP meeting
  • 11:00  IEP meeting
  • 2:30-3:00  Heather
  • 4:15-5:15  Homework Club
  • 5:30  Mid-Winter Concert
Wednesday, March 15th
  • 8:55  SST
  • 3:00  IEP meeting
  • Culver's Night
Thursday, March 16th
  • 7:15-8:30  volleyball practice
  • Grade level/specials meetings
  • 4:15-5:15  Homework Club
Friday, March 17th
  • 7th/8th grade Band/Choir trip
  • 8:45-9:15  Trinity Irish Dancers

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Have a great rest of your Friday, and I'll see you on Monday.
Be the one!
Jay
Take care of the kids.  Take care of each other.  Take care of yourself- John Gunnell