November 2013

November 8, 2013

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff:                                                                                         

Despite our disappointing loss at the polls on Tuesday, I would encourage everyone to stay positive and to continue to move in a productive direction.  We are still on the right track and I am so pleased at all of the progress that we have made for the students of the Ravenna School District.  There is much more work to be done, but it is good work!

I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend!  Enjoy family and friends!

November 15, 2013

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!                                                                                                  

I hope this note finds everyone well.  Have a great weekend!

November 22, 2013

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!   

As we continue through the school year and work at what seems to be the endless tasks related to teaching and learning, I was searching for some motivation to get myself re-energized and motivated to get to the holidays.  I came across this “Principal’s Letter” that I had looked at a few times and then put away.  I would like to share this with all of you as we plow through what seems like the endless barrage of state and standardized testing, S.L.O.’s, O.T.E.S., O.A.A., O.G.T., I.E.P.’s, etc…  I hope this helps to put some of this “stuff” into perspective.  It sure did for me.

A Principal’s Letter

(Author unknown)

My daughter’s new elementary school principal sent this to all the students as they received their state standardized testing scores this week:

“We are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique.  The people who create and score them do not know each of you – the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.  They do not know that many of you speak two languages.  They do not know you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.  They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.  They do not know that you can write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.  They do not know that you have travelled to really neat places or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.  They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best…the scores you will get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.  There are many ways of being smart.”

I hope this can resonate with you folks as it has with me and I hope this helps to get to the holidays.  Have a great weekend!

November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Ravenna Staff:                                                                        

I would like to wish all of you and your families a very happy and restful Thanksgiving holiday.