September 2013

September 6, 2013

Happy Friday Ravenna Staff!                                                                                                     

Why do the shorter weeks often seem like the longest?  Regardless, I hope everyone had a great week and is settled in with their students.  Hopefully issues such as transportation, lunches, schedules and the like are nearly resolved and we can start to hone in and focus on the important academic pieces at hand.  We have accomplished much in the past two years and we need to continue to work together, share effective instructional strategies, assessments and data analysis tools that will guide our work.  Our mission is clear, the evidence indisputable.  We are a school district that it is improving academically by leaps and bounds!  I am very proud of all of us!

In the upcoming week, we also need to celebrate and enjoy “the other” part of our school experience, our first home football game and the celebration of our stadium renovation project.  If at all possible, I would urge all of us to bring spouses, children and friends to the game on Friday.  We have a one-time opportunity to show all of Northeast Ohio our RAVEN PRIDE!!!!  Purchase additional white t-shirts (only $5) and be part of the Raven Whiteout on Friday!

Rest well my friends and colleagues!  Enjoy time with family and friends!

September 13, 2013

Happy Stadium Celebration Day Ravenna Staff!                                                                

The time has come!  One thing that we do not do enough of in education is celebrate our successes.  We had plenty to celebrate on opening day with our academic report card grades and all of our improvements.  That will be an ongoing celebration.  Now it is time to celebrate with our business partners and the community to open the “newly renovated” Portage Community Bank Stadium.  Please join the celebration by tailgating with the students and community at 5:30 p.m. outside of the stadium.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m. at the 50 yard line.

As I continue my own personal and professional growth, I am going to take my own advice and savor every moment of this event.  I hope that each of you will join in the celebration with family or friends.  Hope to see you at the game!  Have a great weekend!

September 20, 2013

Hello Ravenna Staff!

I hope that everyone had a great week with our children.  I would like to once again thank all of those staff members who took the time to celebrate our “new” stadium opening with the school district and community.  I was very excited to see all of the activities and events that took place all of last week.  From the participation and support of wearing your “Ravenna Strong” t-shirts, to dances, tailgates and various donations, to staff attendance and interactions with students and athletes at the actual game.  Congratulations to all of us for a task and a celebration well done!  Truly, thank you to everyone!

 As it seems in our “Labor of Love” (education), one event and challenge leads into the next.  For those staff participating in “Balloon A-Fair” this weekend, thank you.  Your dedication and willingness to give of your time is noticed and appreciated!  Don’t ever think that your efforts do not make an impact and an impression on our students and parents.  They do!  Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone at some point throughout the weekend!  Go Ravens!

September 27, 2013

Hello Ravenna Staff!                                                                                                      

GREAT job at Balloon A-Fair!  GREAT job with spirit week!  I am continually impressed with the dedication and determination of our staff, students, parents and community.  Let’s stay together and persevere!  See you at the game!

I hope everyone has a restful or productive weekend!