But before we move too fast, I encourage you to reflect on all of the great things YOU have accomplished thus far. A quick glance at the website, social media pages, or Times Reporter will highlight TONS of accomplishments and recognitions of both students and staff. A few months ago I used a quote to ask you, “Are you aware of the power and control you have over students’ lives?” I think the answer is a resounding yes evidenced by walking in our classrooms, riding on our buses, and attending athletic and fine art programs. High expectations, rigor and relevance, and accountability are all factors seen throughout the district. And we continue to improve by having over 30 staff members volunteering to serve on our book study and then sharing with colleagues in each building.
“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi
I think this quote sums up what we try to do every day, and it’s what separates TV schools from the pack. Any maybe by this time of the year you are tired, exhausted, worn out...hold on! You are the greatest gift our students will receive this year, even the tough ones that push your buttons, and the role you play in their lives does not go unnoticed. What you do matters and you are making a difference.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season! I hope it’s a great time with family and friends and a chance to recharge.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!