We’ve examined what it means to be elite and what makes us elite. What we know for sure is that we’re in a constant state of growth in education. We will never be perfect and we will never reach the end of this journey.
We’ve determined that what makes us elite is the constant pursuit of excellence. We know that just when we think we’ve “arrived,” that it’s time to grow some more. So, we’re doing just that-examining what we do well and then striving for more; reflecting on what we know isn’t going well and striving to grow, change, learn and become better.
We’ve always been a close staff but this year we strive to get closer. We strive to work with teachers outside of our grade level teams and to build even better relationships. Thursday, on picture day of all days, we even took time to compete in our first “Culture Challenge”.
You are on a pursuit of excellence.
I believe that the honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations we’ve had when taking a close look at ourselves as educators is the best part of the pursuit. This year, this staff has stood up and owned. I asked you to be comfortable enough with one another to call each other out when we go below the line. You’ve had the courage to say, “We can get better at…” And, we are!
Remember, there is no finish line.
We’re on a journey.
Stay the course.
Push one another.
This week our bus drivers came in and got their pictures taken for the yearbook. Have you learned their names? Have you made a real connection with them? Have you thanked them for what they do? It’s amazing how much our bus drivers care about our students. Build that relationship!
Next week we will continue to focus on relationships. We have agreed that we will all work to learn the names of every student in the building.
1. If you don’t know a student’s name ask!
2. If you do, be sure to greet him/her by name.
4. Make a personal connection.
5. Stand up and own it-let’s hold each other accountable for this!
I can’t wait to see what next week will bring.
Here is the link to the staff update for September 11.