Thursday, March 2, 2017

80 Plus Basketball

Every election day, we have voters come in from two precincts to vote in our school. Many times we don't have students, but most recently we did. It posed a few logistical challenges, but we were able to keep things running smoothly for those community members doing their civic duty and also kept the students safe with some additional safety precautions. One of the reasons things ran so smoothly was the person in charge of the voting process. His name is Mr. Lane and he always comes in a day early to map out the area that he knows so well. He checks with myself, the custodian, and secretary to make his game plan. He goes over every detail to prepare. He's the kind of guy that I often say I want working on the plane that I fly in. He is sharp as a tack, quick on his feet, and has been running this program for a long time. I just didn't know how long.

This year, as I was talking with Mr. Lane about how long he had been at it, I found out that he was 87 years old! I couldn't believe it. I asked what his secret was to remaining so youthful. He said keeping busy keeps him from slowing down. He then proceeded to tell me that he was getting ready for an upcoming basketball tournament. He was proud to tell me that he was heading to a championship game in the "80 plus" category.  I didn't even know there was an 80 plus category, but I didn't have a hard time imagining him giving it his all on the court! This year, I happened to ask him how many voters we had, because it seemed like a higher turnout to me. He said he would let me know. A couple of weeks after the election, I had completely forgotten about my question, but he hadn't. He mailed a letter to the school giving me the numbers for the current election by precinct and also compared it with earlier years. He ended the letter by thanking all of us for making him feel at home each year and for being a "super" principal (noting my Superman gear in the office:).

School is a place of learning, and over the years, I have found that I have learned the most from people like Mr. Lane. People who lead by example with their zest for life, their pursuit of perfection, and most of all their positive attitude! To be honest, some days I don't have that much energy when I leave school. I sometimes feel drained, spent, and for lack of a better word...old. When I think of Mr. Lane and the spring in his step, twinkle in his eye, and out there on the court playing with the 80 plus basketball league, I don't feel quite so old. And that zest for life he brings becomes contagious and spreads to me. We may not all be playing on a basketball league when we are in our eighties, but we can all share that same positive attitude and energy no matter what our age with our students and with the world!


"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old." - George Burns

"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." - Robert Frost

Cocoon: The Return "the boys" playing basketball:) 


Aaron Hogan

Tara Martin


Monday, March 6: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 am
                               Jon to Buchanan in the afternoon
Tuesday, March 7: Sky Dome in the gym (lunch in classrooms)
Wednesday, March 8: Pizza Delivery at 1:30 pm
                                    REED Benson 3:15 pm
                                    Kindergarten Parent information night 6:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, March 9: Staff Meeting 8:05 am
                                 Elementary Principals Meeting 1:30-4:30
Friday, March 10: Students Dismissed at 12:10 / Work Day in Building in afternoon 

Monday, March 13: Principal Advisory Committee 8:20 am
                                Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 am
Tuesday, March 14: Grades due in by midnight
Wednesday, March 15: REED Fuller 8:20 am
                                      IEP Boggs 3:15 pm
Thursday, March 16: Collaborative Learning Time CLT 7:50 am
                                  Spring Pictures for Lifetouch
Friday, March 17: Report Cards go home

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