Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reversing the Trend

"Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy
and keep choosing it everyday."
- Henri J. M. Nouwen

The young lady was full of vibrant energy.  She believed she could save the world.  Her student teaching experience was going well and she had already heard of multiple openings in several districts. Things were really lining up. 

Since her fifth birthday she had always dreamed of being a teacher.  Her memories were full of time spent in her playhouse as she pretended to be the teacher to her pets and stuffed animals.  The passion ran deep inside her.  She always dreamed of going to college and becoming a teacher.

The day began like most.  She arrived at 7:45am just ahead of her supervising teacher.  The routine was simple.  Check over the lesson plans, make a few copies and talk to the other teachers in the hallway.

As she walked out of the classroom she noticed another teacher that she had very few interactions with.  This wasn't by accident.  Each time she saw this teacher the mood was always negative, sarcastic and edgy.  She steered clear of the lounge whenever she heard the voice.

Hearing that voice triggered a memory.  It was her tenth day of student teaching and she was just starting to take some of the load from her supervising teacher.  She was really excited to get to school and set up her lesson.  It was going to be great.  

As she carried in the PVC pipe, Hot Wheels cars and small weights you could see the smile on her face.  She simply loved teaching!  With a hop in her step she headed to the door.  At the exact same time Mr. Thomas was grumbling towards the same door.  They reached the door at the same time.  He looked at her basket and supplies and shook his head.  He didn't hide his disdain or irritability.  She smiled, said good morning and hoped he would hold the door.  As he pulled his key out of his pocket he looked at the lock and began talking.  "Why are you bringing all of that stuff?" he mumbled.  She smiled and told him that she had an activity planned for the day.  His response cut her to the core.  "It won't make a difference." he muttered. Her smile left her face as she headed towards the classroom. Since that morning she tried her best to steer clear of him.

Her mind bounced back to the present and she headed back to the classroom and away from a possible interaction with Mr. Grump.

A few minutes later her cooperating teacher arrived.  She could tell when she walked in the room that there was a bit of tension.  "Elizabeth, everything okay?" the supervising teacher asked.  They sat down at a table and Elizabeth blurted out, "Why is Mr. Thomas always angry?"  Her supervising teacher asked what happened.  She told her about the past event and just his overall demeanor.  What happened next was a bit surprising to the student teacher.

"You need to understand that he wasn't always that way, Elizabeth.  We both began teaching together.  He was full of life.  Everybody loved Mr. Thomas.  Our principal at the time had leaned on him to be on a couple committees.  Parents wished for their kids to have him, and other teachers reached out to him for advice." shared the supervising teacher.

Elizabeth responded, "What happened?"

"Well honey, it didn't happen overnight.  In many ways we didn't see it, and it was occurring right in front of our faces.  Elizabeth, his change happened over a long period of time.  He gradually went from optimist to pessimist.  He grew more and more cynical.  He cleared his plate of all extra duties. He stopped participating at staff meetings and he became confrontational with administration and parents." the supervising teacher shared.

"Why?" asked a perplexed student teacher.

The supervising teacher shared a series of events that seemed to suck the life out of Mr. Thomas.  The events varied from confrontational parents to failed initiatives to feeling unsupported by his administrators.  Mr. Thomas became more and more cynical as time went on.  He had a sarcastic comment for just about everything and he appeared to be simply collecting a paycheck.

Elizabeth looked at her supervising teacher and said, "That will never happen to me!"

Her supervising teacher shared some wise words.  "Sweetie, I hope it doesn't, but you need to know that people don't enter education to simply make money.  Lots of educators feel helpless by the endless bureaucracy, constant moving target and the bashing that takes place in the media."

She looked at Elizabeth and told her how she stays positive.

Here is the key, Elizabeth, at some point you will feel yourself not feeling the same about teaching. At this point a few things need to happen.  

First, you need to believe that reflecting and understanding your feelings will allow you to reverse the trend.  Every day I make a conscious effort to not let myself get sarcastic and to stay upbeat.

Second, you need to have an outlet.  Some people have hobbies, others exercise and still some people just spend time with family.  

Third, try to connect with your colleagues.  When you work with someone for a long time you should be able to be honest.  I'm lucky enough to have two close friends that I work with.  These ladies encourage me, they challenge me and we support each other.  Too often educators go it alone and isolation can be their downfall.

Elizabeth looked at her supervising teacher and smiled.  She then said, "Do you think we should eat lunch with Mr. Thomas?" The supervising teacher smiled and said, "I like how you're thinking young lady."

This Week's Big Question:  What is one key for you to stay positive?


NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, September 7th:  Labor Day, enjoy the final day of Summer Vacation!!
Tuesday, September 8th:  First Day of School!  8:30am - 3:35pm
Tuesday, September 8th:  2nd Annual "Boo Hoo" breakfast from 8:30-9:30 in the cafeteria
Wednesday, September 9th:  Full Day of School, Early Release begins the following week
Wednesday, September 9th:  Grades 3, 4 and 5 - 8:45am Assembly
Friday, September 11th:

Articles Worth Reading:

Join the 2015 #ClassroomCribs Challenge @ajjuliani

How to build relationships with students through personal stories @Angela_Watson

Which Mic Will You Choose? @Jonharper70bd

The Director's Chair @jon_wennstrom

Powerful Ways To Raise Healthy Kids

A Walk To Remember @danpbutler

Your Choice of Words @mattwachel

4 Questions That Will Change Your Attitude @marcandangel


Videos Worth Watching:

Pay it Forward?  (3 min)



E60 - Long Toss (What a cool story!) (13 min)



Beach Boys or Jimmy Fallon? (3 min)


Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Simple Gift

People don't care how much you know
until they know how much you care!
- John Maxwell

Years ago I was experiencing a pretty typical day.  I arrived early to work, set up a few activities in the classroom, double checked my calendar and answered a few emails.  Then I decided to check my mail in the office.  As I strolled down the hallway I passed a few colleagues that were busy in their rooms.  We smiled at each other and kept on moving.  I finally arrived at the office and grabbed my stack of mail.  I briefly chatted with our office staff and then headed back to my classroom.

That's where things changed.

As I flipped through the mail I came to a hand-written envelope with my name on it.

I opened the envelope and found a letter inside.  I dropped everything I was doing and read the letter from a colleague.  It was quite possibly the nicest letter I had ever received.  The person thanked me for supporting her and lifted me up with the message.  The letter talked about specific things I had done to make a difference in her life.  Some of the things I didn't know I did, were things others cherished.  She told me that she appreciated my energy and she is always inspired when she looks in my room and sees me crouched down at a student's desk.  When you hear specific, positive comments you can't help but feel a warmth inside you.

My day was off to a shining start.  Truth is, nothing was going to ruin that day.

I saved that letter and chose to pay it forward to others around me.  I wanted to lift people up the same way my friend lifted me up.

For me, it started with my kids.  Each week I wrote anywhere from three to six notes to my students. I highlighted one specific moment that I was proud of.  Often times those moments of pride had nothing to do with grades.  I intentionally encouraged them to try new things.  A few months ago I bumped into a parent of a former student.  To my surprise she told me that her daughter still has every positive note I ever wrote her.  I smiled.  Then she turned to me and said something I won't forget, "The hand-written note is a lost art."

After transitioning from teacher to principal it was important to get to know people so that the cards and notes meant something.  Each time I sit down to write a note it takes time.  The words come from the heart...not the head.  Just last year I walked into a classroom and noticed a couple note cards pinned to a board by the teachers desk.  I recognized those cards.  It was another reminder that culture starts with caring.

Years ago my heart was filled because a friend took the time to care; took the time to connect; took the time to write me a personal note.  

Culture is always about the people.  I encourage you to pay it forward.  I bet you'll find that it fills your heart as well.


NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, August 31st:  New Teacher Orientation (New Teacher's Only)
Tuesday, September 1st:  7:30am District Breakfast 
Tuesday, September 1st:  8:30am District Kickoff
Tuesday, September 1st:  12:30pm Safety PD at Bean Elementary
Wednesday, September 2nd:  8:00am Breakfast at Warner
Wednesday, September 2nd:  8:30am Building wide PD
Wednesday, September 2nd:  12:00 Warner Luncheon provided by PTO
Wednesday, September 2nd:  Warner Open-House 5pm-7pm (Y5/KDG 5-6pm, 1st-5th 5-7pm)
Tuesday, September 8th:  First Day of School!

Articles Worth Reading:

Genuine Connections by @Jonharper70bd

The Future Before Us by @Jeff_Zoul

Anxiety Doesn't Bleed by @JimDetwiler1

The Little Things by @TechNinjaTodd

@curriculumblog & @mattwachel



Videos Worth Watching:

Powerful Tribute!  The passing of a legend... (8 min) @TODAYshow



Life Lessons... This is brilliant! (4 min) @TEDtalks



The greatest speech a coach could ever give! (2 min)



If you love dogs, you will love this.  Bat Dogs! (14 min) @E60


Sunday, August 9, 2015

From the Ground Up

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic;
It takes sweat,
determination and hard work."
- Colin Powell

From an early age I was taught the importance of effort and attitude.  As I listened to stories from my dad and grandfather.  The message was simple, "Don't be outworked!"  I dedicated myself at a young age to being the hardest worker I could be.  Even at practice I never wanted to lose.  

My first job was as a caddy at the Country Club of Jackson.  As a caddy I learned several valuable lessons, most importantly, learning when to speak and when to simply be quiet.  This was something I needed to experience.

After two years of caddying I was asked by the head pro to work in the bagroom.  This was a BIG DEAL!  I accepted without hesitation.  What happened next was really tough.  For the next two years the majority of hours I received were being in charge of picking the range.  This was the lowest of lows.  Everyone despised picking the range and that was my spot.

I hung in there and after several years I moved up the bagroom ranks.  I was getting great experience and really improving my skills with people. 

Each summer I returned home from college and went to work at the country club. I had worked my way up to head of the bagroom, and then to my surprise, my boss began giving me pro shop hours. After a year of splitting time between the pro shop and bagroom I was then moved up to pro shop attendant.  I could see myself progressing, but I also understood that I had one year left in college and my dream was to teach kids.  It wasn't easy to say goodbye.  But I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life.  There is no substitute for hard work and a positive attitude.

I felt compelled to share this story after reading the autobiography by George Bodenheimer, Every Town is a Sports Town.  In this story George shares a memory about the time he received an offer to work for ESPN, making only $8000 a year. George and his dad went to a local pub to discuss his first job offer.  His dad asked him a simple question, "Are you making a money decision or a career decision?

This really hit home and inspired this post.  How do we teach our kids, our students, the value of hard work, determination and a positive attitude?  The sense of entitlement that I see and hear often leaves me scratching my head.  Rarely do you hear the "George" stories anymore- those stories of people starting at the bottom and working their way up.   

Is there a way to get back to the days when the expectation was to start at the bottom and work your way up?

This Week's Big Questions: How can we teach our kids the value of sticking to something and learning through experiences?

How will you create an atmosphere that pushes kids to think and work, but also allows for risk taking, creativity and imagination?

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, August 12th:  EdTech Kickoff at Western High School
Thursday, August 20th:  Admin Retreat
Friday, August 21st:  Admin Retreat
Friday, August 21st:  Staff Kick-Off 6pm at the Gilpin's
Friday, August 28th:  Class Lists posted
Monday, August 31st:  New Teacher Orientation
Tuesday, September 1st:  Staff PD Back-2-School meetings
Wednesday, September 2nd:  Staff PD Back-2-School meetings
Wednesday, September 2nd:  Back-2-School Night 5pm - 7pm
Tuesday, September 8th:  First Day of School


Articles Worth Reading:




Head Held High @TechNinjaTodd






Videos Worth Watching:

Ricochet surfs with kids!  Powerful story (8 min)



Life is meant to be epic! (3 min) @SpencerIdeas



Epic or Fail with @TheEllenShow (4 min)



Every Kid Needs a Champion, with Rita!  Best way to start the school year... (7 min)





Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You can never predict

One of my characteristics (or flaws) is the fact that I always try to predict the future.  During my days as a classroom teacher the class would work on career awareness.  Students would take quizzes that gave indications on what career fit their answers.  Looking back, we didn't take it ultra serious, I mean, the kids were in 5th grade.  To pigeonhole them into a career at ten years old is crazy.

Yet, I did enjoy seeing the results and laughing with the kids about the careers.  One young lady who was extremely difficult to motivate had a fire lit under her when the results spit out telemarketer.  She was adamant that her life wouldn't be spent on the phone with strangers!  I got a kick out of her reinvesting herself into school.

Years ago I did have one group that was simply destined for great things (by my predictions).  They were intelligent, athletic and just simply a fun group to teach.  After I became principal at Warner Elementary I kept tabs on my former students.  I was fortunate enough to bump into a few at the gas station, supermarket and read about them in the newspaper.

As a teacher you rarely if ever think about the bad things that could happen to your students.  You try to envision the successes and the milestones.

A couple years ago I was looking at a box score and trying to see how many of my former students were playing on the varsity.  As I perused the column I didn't see a name I was expecting to find.  I didn't think much of it and just kept going about my business.

A few weeks passed and I overheard a conversation that grabbed my ear.  Two local farmers were talking about the outlook of the basketball team in districts.  They said something that I won't soon forget, "If we hadn't lost him we'd be sure to be favored."  Lost him?  What happened?  

Two days passed and I was out for my Sunday ten miler.  I decided this was a safe group to ask the question.  What happened to the young man?  I was then informed that he was diagnosed with cancer. He no longer played on the team and he was missing tons of school.  What?  Cancer?

The rest of the run and throughout the day I was flooded with memories.  I kept thinking of all the laughs, the fun and my hopes for him.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted or even thought one of my former students would get cancer.  Sometimes life just doesn't seem fair.  He was going to be a 3.5gpa student that got a scholarship to college to play ball.  He was one of the hardest workers I ever had.  How could he get cancer?  

Over the next couple years I listened to the stories and kept up to date on his health.  I had heard that he was in remission, but still receiving monthly treatments.  I wasn't surprised that he was beating cancer, he is an amazing young man that has a strong family supporting him.  

Then I got a message from his mom inviting me to his graduation open house.  

Last Saturday I drove over to Kenzie's house and walked into his garage.  He came to greet me right away.  We shook hands and he looked good.  We talked about 5th grade memories, we talked about cancer, we talked about family and we talked about the future.  It was great to see him in such good spirits.  He even told me that the treatments are all mental, "It's all about my attitude.  If I think I feel terrible then I do.  If I tell myself I'm going to be okay, then I am.  It's all about my attitude!"

Powerful words, but I shouldn't be surprised.  He was the same way in 5th grade.

As we talked we reminisced about things that happened in 5th grade.  He remembered when I sprained my ankle at recess.  He remembered the classroom challenges. He remembered the fun nicknames that I gave the kids. We shared stories and laughed about all of our memories.  

I never would have predicted one of my former students would get cancer.  When our kids sit in front of us we try our best to make a positive impact in their lives.  We wish bright futures. We dream of our students making their mark on the world. Most of all, we hope for happiness. My predictions on Kenzie didn't go as I imagined, but seeing him now, I believe he has a bright future.  His determination, perseverance and positive attitude will carry him far.  I'll continue to keep tabs on him, but Kenzie reminded me, you can never predict the future.


Articles Worth Reading:

He Stepped First @Jonharper70bd

I Still Want To Be Inspired @casas_jimmy

JJ Watt warns high school athletes on the dangers of social media +ESPN

Let's Stop Faking It @Joe_Mazza

EdCampLDR Women in Leadership Session Reflection @mmiller7571

What I wish I had known about growing up @SpencerIdeas

3 Questions To Drive Passion Based Learning @gcouros

Be Brave - Take A Risk! #KidsDeserveIt @TechNinjaTodd

10 Lessons from Einstein

Videos Worth Watching:

My Wish: With Michael Phelps (7 min)



Slapjack with Fallon & Gyllenhaal (5 min)



10 Assumptions by Dr. Joe Mazza



Dog won't fetch...but look what the little boy does (30 secs)



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stuck On The Treadmill?

"Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous
learning experience."  - Denis Waitley

Do you ever feel as though you are stuck on a treadmill when it comes to professional development? Each year school districts organize several learning opportunities for staff members.  For some, the PD will hit the mark, for others it will painfully miss.

But then comes the real problem.

The following year rarely includes additional learning opportunities on the same topic.  Instead the district moves-on to something different.

This is the treadmill...you jump on, but you really don't move forward...and some cannot keep up and fall off the back.

Years ago when I was a teacher, I felt stuck in the never ending cycle.  I decided that the district (in my opinion) was providing me the minimum and I was in charge of moving myself forward.  It was then that I felt my own learning take a leap.  I still remember the day...

It was mid-January...Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The students had the day off and staff had to report to their building.  I remember waking up and dreading the day.  All I wanted was time in my classroom and time with my grade level team.  Instead we had a full day of MEAP data to analyze. The plan was to review each question and figure out where our students were going wrong on the Standardized Test.  Could the day be more painful?  

I went to school that day, but I'll admit I was not fired up.  I was simply there.  At the end of the day I left feeling miserable.  Shortly after that day I knew that it was up to me to push myself forward.  My push came in a Masters Course with Dr. Hamilton.  Dr. Hamilton posed a question to our grad class. It was very open ended, but it created an intriguing discussion.  He asked, "What would you change if you could?"  Several people talked about time, but then the discussion dove deeper.  It dove into professional learning.  Dr. Hamilton told the group that we should begin to look at PD with a leader's eye.  It was this conversation that pushed me to drive my own learning.

Fast Forward nearly 9 years...

Times have drastically changed.  At the time of my grad classes, Twitter was not a known tool.  Very few educators blogged, conferences were too expensive and you simply couldn't access videos on YouTube or listen to podcasts.  It was different.  

But what I had was a willingness to learn and a drive to get better.  I read, Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robinson and When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss.  These two books were very different, but I gained tremendous insight into two different worlds.  Simply put, I learned and my thoughts evolved.

What does it all mean?  Here are three questions to think about.

1)  Do you want to learn and grow?

2)  Are you willing to drive your own learning?

3)  Are you open-minded?

If you answered yes to all three then I'm excited to see where this can go.

In 2010 the first EdCamp took place in Philadelphia.  Educators gathered and drove the learning with authentic, organic, participant-driven professional learning.  Since 2010 there have been more than 300 EdCamps.  EdCamps are free and often times take place on a Saturday.  What I love about this is the people that choose to come want to be there.  They want to learn and get better.

So I ask you, have you attended an EdCamp?  Stop waiting for your administrator to send you to a conference.  Sign up for an EdCamp.  I bet there are multiple EdCamps taking place in your state this year.

If you want to implement something in your room do you take the initiative to learn/investigate the topic?  One of the most common phrases I hear is, "I want to start doing ________ in my classroom. Would the district send me to this conference to learn more?"  The blank could be anything.  It could be Nurtured Heart, Daily 5, Book Whisperer, Writer's Workshop, the list goes on.  My question is, have you read the book?  How much have you learned or have you simply heard this is the newest trending educational thing?

What about leveraging technology to drive your learning?  It's 2015, have you participated in a Twitter chat?  Have you listened to podcasts?  Have you signed up for a webinar?  Have you pushed your thinking by listening to a Ted Talk?    

Technology has allowed learners to learn anytime and anywhere.  Have you taken advantage of this?

I'm tired of the same old, same old.  I expect to receive "my" minimum from the district next year, but I will take it upon myself to go beyond the minimum.  

Do you have an area that you want to improve?  If yes, do you have a plan? 

This Week's Big Question:  How would you restructure professional development/learning?

Articles Worth Reading:

4 Ways To Refill Your Cup @casas_jimmy

It's harder for us to be nice to kids -  by @valeriestrauss

Fighting the Fight @TechNinjaTodd

Belding/Vernon/Rooney @danpbutler

John Hattie: Homework in primary school has... interview with John Hattie

3D Printing Is About To Change The World Forever by Rick Smith

Schools need more Legos and less texbooks... @justintarte

Why you shouldn't have a job @schink10

5 Things That Happen When You Embrace Being Alone @marcandangel


Videos Worth Watching:

#30SecondTake focus on Professional Development (5 min) @GustafsonBrad



Jon Stewart sounds off on Charleston (5 min)


Rick DuFour sounds off on Phony Educational Crisis (3 min)



Impressions with Seth MacFarlane (4 min)



Loud & Proud (6 min)


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Unsung Difference Makers

The 2014-2015 school year is coming to an end.  Most people look back and reminisce on the positive moments that took place.  But sometimes we don't pay enough attention to the individuals that helped make the year successful.

"Alone we can do so little;
Together we can do so much."
- Helen Keller

Recently I attended a graduation party of a former 5th grade student.  When I entered there was a group of my former students sitting at a table.  I couldn't help but remember some of the great times I had with that group.  I remembered the speeches they gave...the career projects that they worked on and the laughs that we shared.  It's funny, when you think back you don't remember the day-to-day things, but you do remember moments and feelings.  This years graduating group will never be forgotten.  They were funny, outgoing and full of individuality.

Just before I left I looked at some pictures of the group.  One picture jogged a memory.  I saw my former student Bryce, and remembered that every week during that year his mom volunteered in our classroom.  Terri came in once or twice a week and worked with students on multiplication, division, reading and so much more.  Every time she came in she was cheerful, friendly and willing to do anything I gave her.

This year in our school and schools across the country volunteers came in and gave their time to kids. Many rooms had a plethora of volunteers that allowed teachers to shrink group sizes and give students the individual support that they needed to succeed.  As the school year wraps up, now is the perfect time to recognize the volunteers that made a difference in your classroom or school.

I feel blessed to have worked with Terri years ago.  Her unselfish, positive attitude was a terrific compliment to what we were doing in the classroom.  I encourage you to take a moment this week and thank a volunteer.  When we say, "It Takes A Village," no words could be more true.  Volunteers are an integral part of our village.

NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, June 1st:  3rd grade to Mackinac
Tuesday, June 2nd:  4th grade to Waterloo
Wednesday, June 3rd:  All Grade Assembly in Gym (CP Awards)
Wednesday, June 3rd:  5th grade rehearsal
Wednesday, June 3rd:  Mrs. Smith's class to the zoo
Wednesday, June 3rd:  1st grade Picnic in the Park
Wednesday, June 3rd:  No Early Release
Wednesday, June 3rd:  AM Fire Drill 
Thursday, June 4th:  5th grade graduation
Thursday, June 4th:  KDG to the Zoo
Friday, June 5th:  Half-Day, Last Day of School


Articles Worth Reading:


10 Assumptions @Joe_Mazza


And One @GustafsonBrad


Tribute to Grant Wiggins @curriculumblog


Forget How Much @jonharper70bd

Hand Holding @DJrSchug



Videos Worth Watching:

Sportsmanship at its finest (2 min)



Her Voice... (7 min)



Family Planning with Ellen! (1 min)



Jeff Foxworthy shares the origin of Redneck Jokes (3 min)


Saturday, May 23, 2015

We all have a Sammy...

There is something about the month of May in a classroom/school.  When I look back most of my major challenges occurred in May.  Why is Day number 160+ so much different than Day 5?

I have a theory...patience (and maybe a touch of Hope).

I recently took ten minutes to watch this Ted Talk by Deanna LeBlanc.


Who is your Sammy?  When I listen to Deanna's Ted Talk I think of all my Sammy's, I think of the student that is on my last nerve.  The student that I have redirected thousands of times.  The student that lashes out for no reason.  The student that has seemingly given up.  

So here is the challenge, as we hit the final stretch and we are all showing signs of fatigue, how do we give more?    

A couple days ago I saw one of my former student's brothers at a gas station.  He had his toddler with him and I'm pretty sure he didn't even notice me.  But I noticed him.  I didn't ask about Michael, I already knew.  I knew that a few years ago Michael was in a car accident and passed away.  Michael was in my first ever classroom.  I still think of Michael, I still remember him climbing out my classroom window. I remember him chasing the train at Greenfield Village.  I remember him trying to be the class clown on a daily basis.  I remember redirecting him time after time after time.  I remember my patience wearing thin.

And I still wish I could go back and have a moment to tell him he matters to me.  

For many of you your opportunity with this group of students is nearly over.  I know that you have given your heart and soul to your kids.  I leave you with two thoughts - 

1)  Stay patient

2)  Cherish the moments, when it is all said and done it won't be about the test score, it won't be about the grade.  



NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, May 25th:  Happy Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26th:  AM Fire Drill
Tuesday, May 26th:  3rd Grade M-Step Makeups
Wednesday, May 27th:  K-2 Assembly 8:45am
Wednesday, May 27th:  10am 5th grade to the Middle School for Move-Up Day
Thursday, May 28th:  Grades 1-5 Field Day at SAU
Thursday, May 28th:  Patti's Retirement Celebration after school
Friday, May 29th:  IEP's in the AM


Articles Worth Reading:

Homework: An Unnecessary Evil? by Valerie Strauss











Videos Worth Watching:

Clarinet Scene from Mr. Holland's Opus (7 min)

 


Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx (8 min)



Never Walk Alone... (14 min)