I admit transitioning from a kindergarten center to a 7th and 8th grade campus has kept me on my toes as a leader. My predictable elementary minded routine has been disrupted with the joy of 750 teenagers. The biggest adjustment for me thus far is the season between Thanksgiving and Winter Break.
In my old world we would be knee deep in turkey crafts, sleigh bells, measurement activities with ginger bread houses and parent nights highlighting the sights, sounds and smells of the season. The month of December at the Happiest Place in S.E. Minnesota was filled with joy, cheer and the spirit of the season…Santa included.
Now in my new world we may not be trimming trees, prepping for school-wide Holiday Sings or reenacting the Polar Express, but we do have a strong season of one of the most important holiday themes.
This past week I saw multiple instances of educators, paraprofessionals, counselors, support staff and secretaries believing in the students we serve. I also saw specific instances of students apologizing, owing their own behavior and one student even emailed me with concerns for a friend going through a difficult time at school and home.
While I reflected this weekend on the increase of these indicators of positive culture that we are creating-the holiday theme resonated throughout each of these circumstances.
- that all students should come to school feeling welcomed and valued
- that our students can stay organized and on-track with practice work and will celebrate this success on December 12th.
- that we “Expect the Best” from all our students and we will always give them a chance to demonstrate their best in academic and social environments.
So while this holiday season looks a little different for me, the sentiment of Believe will last all year long.
Dream Big, Live Colorfully, Lead Boldly and #Elevate all you do,