“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”. - William Butler Yeats
“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another”. - Marva Collins
As we celebrate American Education Week, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your dedication and commitment to ensuring that all of our students are provided with an opportunity to learn and experience academic success. Every day, teachers, instructional assistants, principals, and assistant principals provide our students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities that they will need in order to be competitive in college and in the workplace. Students are greeted with a smile from bus and van drivers who provide safe transportation to and from school. Custodial and maintenance employees ensure that our students have the opportunity to learn in safe, comfortable, and clean environments. Food service employees provide the food that nourishes our student’s minds and bodies so they are prepared to learn. School nurses meet the many medical and health needs of our students. School board members, bookkeepers, secretaries, and central office staff provide us the support that we need in order to accomplish our division goals.
The recent national successes of our FFA students remind us about the impact that we have on students both inside and outside of the classroom even when we may not realize it. Our students can compete on a national and global scale when we provide them with opportunities to utilize skills that demonstrate their ability to effectively collaborate, communicate, and think critically. The accomplishments of our students also highlight the impact that we as adults can have on our students when we provide them with a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters individual growth and development. All of us are educators who have the ability to make an impact in the life of the students that we serve.
“...I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” - Haim Ginott
Thank you for everything that you do on a daily basis to ensure that our students are provided with an environment that allows them to be successful and reach their full potential. I appreciate everything that you do for our school division!
Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent