Sunday, May 7, 2017

Finishing Strong

Yesterday, along with millions of others, I watched the Kentucky Derby. Now, I'm not big into horse racing, but I do try to watch the Kentucky Derby every year. It's fun to hear all the intriguing names of the horses and see the excitement and fanfare at Churchill Downs. This year the track was wet and muddy and it amazes me that they can still run so fast through rough conditions. When they come out of the starting gates it's a blur of color as they all burst onto the track. Soon, a few make their way to the front as they turn the corner and head down the track. First one taking the lead and then another. It's in the final stretch of the race that all the excitement happens. The fans are cheering, the announcers are shouting, and one horse finally breaks ahead of the pack, sometimes by a nose and sometimes by length or more, to become the winner. It's the last burst of speed and endurance just at the right time that can make a champion!

Education can be very similar to the Kentucky Derby. There is a lot of fanfare in the beginning of the year as we kick off with open houses and back to school events. We get to know the names and personalities of all our students. Sometimes we have a clear track ahead of us and some years the track is muddy and slippery, but we race down it all the same. It's easy to have that excitement at the beginning of the year, but as the year goes on it can be exhausting. The key is to save up enough energy and spirit for that final push at the end! Our students need that encouragement as the year comes to a close and so do our teachers. I think one of the reasons that Teacher Appreciation is in May is to help give teachers that final push and encouragement that says, "You can do this! Finish strong!".

Our students will take their lead from us if we continue to be enthusiastic until that final bell. When the halls are empty and the students are gone, then we can enjoy some rest, knowing that our race was well run. Champions finish strong at the race track and also in the classroom. Keep up your excellent work and your enthusiasm and know that you are making a difference right up to that final bell!

Always Dreaming wins the 2017 Kentucky Derby!


"Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic." - Robin Sharma

"Where you start is not as important as where you finish." - Zig Ziglar

"That's one thing you learn in sports. You don't give up; you fight to the finish." - Louis Zamperini 



Monday, May 8: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 am
                           Schedule B Negotiations 3:30 pm
                           Jon to Buchanan for "Popsicles on the Playground" 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 9: School Improvement Meeting with Paula 8:00 am
                           504 Meeting 2:30 pm (Jon & Erin Krause)
                           504 Meeting 3:15 pm (Jon, Erin Krause & Erin Casucci)
Wednesday, May 10: K-6 Administrators to Central Office 9:30 am
Thursday, May 11: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50 am
                              Elementary Principals Meeting 1:30 pm
                              LEA Negotiations 3:30 pm
Friday, May 12: Jon out of building for presentation / Sandi Benson covering the office
                          F&P data due
                          Yearbooks go home

Monday, May 15: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 am
Tuesday, May 16: Data Dives in the LMC (rotating subs)
Wednesday, May 17: LEA Negotiations 3:30 pm
                                  Arts, Beats, Eats & Books 6:00-8:00 pm 
Friday, May 19: Student Growth Sheets due

Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the LMC 2:45-3:45 pm 

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