January 2013

January 4, 2013

Welcome Back Ravenna Staff!

I hope everyone relaxed, reflected and enjoyed the winter break!  I am excited and eager to take on the numerous challenges that lie ahead and engage the big push through the end of the school year!

Remember that in order to be effective and successful in our profession, it does take hard work.  In fact, in 2013 and beyond, the work is often pressure filled and daunting.  However, I would suggest that there is no other work that is more rewarding or meaningful than the work that each of us does to enhance and enrich the lives of our students.  Ravenna has some recent successes that I would like to remind everyone of (West main Elementary is excellent, increase of 11% district wide third grade fall administration OAA scores, high school winning academic challenge).  Together, we CAN do this!!!

We know there is work ahead.  I feel the pressure too.  I am looking forward to a productive waiver day with good collaboration and sharing of expertise.  I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend!

January 11, 2013

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff:                                                                                                      

I hope everyone is back in the routine after our first full week of the calendar year.  I would encourage each of us to utilize the upcoming waiver day/professional development day to its maximum potential.  With all of the changes, scrutiny and hard work that is on the horizon for us educators, we need to use time together wisely and in a positive and productive manner.  The common core standards, increased difficulty of the 14-15 on line assessments,  and of course the new teacher evaluation system will be critical professional upgrades and initiatives for all of us.  As always, I welcome input and feedback for future waiver day activities.  I will continue to view all of these changes and mandates as an opportunity for all of us to work together and become better at our craft.  I hope that all of you will consider doing the same.

Also, the Treasurer’s department has put quite a bit of work into developing an Employee Benefit  Fair on Friday, January 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  All staff is invited to attend.  Specific information is below.  Please notice that STRS will have a booth and be present from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and will have a general session from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the weather and the weekend!

January 18, 2013

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!                                                                                                      

I hope that everyone found the information and opportunities these past two days useful and productive.  We will be sending out evaluation/feedback forms that we would ask everyone to fill out and return.  Your input is valuable in helping us plan for future waiver days and staff development activities in general.  Truly, we do not know unless you tell us.  Thank you.

As I ventured through the buildings and the various meetings, I was very impressed with the conversations and collaboration that I witnessed.  I would encourage all of us to continue to work together for the “greater  good” and keep our focus on student achievement.  Rest well!

January 25, 2013

Hello Ravenna Staff!                                                                                                                   

Just a quick “nugget” to remind us that we are all leaders in our professional and personal lives.

“So, how is it with your leadership?

  • What are you doing to create or break down barriers or wedges to becoming the bestyou can be?
  • What are you doing to shine brightly?”

Have a great weekend

January 31, 2013

Hello Ravenna Staff:                                                                                                      

I would like to share two kinds of mistakes that I have made in my life.

The first is the mistake of overdoing the defense of the status quo, the error of investing too much time and energy in keeping things as they are.

The second is the mistake made while inventing the future, the error of small experiments gone bad.

I was seldom hurt by the second kind of mistake but for years I persisted in making the first kind of mistake over and over again.

I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend!