The school year is winding down. It’s March, spring break is almost here. The end of the school year is in sight. We’re looking forward to next year by submitting budgets for the 17-18 school year, looking at staffing plans for the upcoming year and thinking about summer PD. One would think that as educators we would feel like we’re almost “finished”. And, in all honesty in years past I have felt exactly this way around this time of year. But, this school year has been different. This school year has been one of transformation, change and new adventures. During this week alone, my staff and I have been interviewed by the Teachers of Critical Language Program team located in Washington, D.C. because we are semifinalists to receive a grant that would pay for an Arabic teacher to work at our school next year. We were visited by a team from Apple Education that included the Vice-President of Apple Education and Sales. On Thursday, I was part of a committee that is rewriting our language arts course of study. If that isn’t enough, my staff and I are taking another crucial step in redesigning elementary education on Friday as we work to plan ways to provide our students with experience that will help them identify and learn about their own personal passions. For some, a week like this could be stressful and overwhelming. And, while we all had a lot of work to do this week, we are feeling energized and inspired.
As I was driving back to school from my course of study committee meeting on Thursday I had an overwhelming feeling of excitement and anticipation about the future for my students and my staff. Instead of thinking about the end of the school year, I was feeling like I was just getting started. Often times as we embark on a journey we are anxious to arrive to our destination. But, for me, it’s not the destination that excites me; in fact, I don’t even know what our destination is going to be. Right now, I’m excited about the first steps, the beginning of the journey. I can’t wait to see what new risks we take and what we learn along the way.
Here is your staff update for March 10th.