Twenty years ago today I walked into MY first full time classroom at Alimacani Elementary to 28 third graders. I still remember how nervous I was and how excited they were to finally have a teacher. Mike, Stirleen, Ryan, Rodsheika, Shannon, and Laura (who teaches for me now!). I could name them all. I learned way more from them that they ever probably learned from me. I wouldn't trade one day I've spent in a school these past twenty years for any other profession. Here's to twenty more!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
In just over 10 minutes today we moved an entire school - 1450 folks, the "bomb" bucket, and the entire clinic to our off site evacuation area. Our neighbors at Chets Creek Church welcomed us with open arms and a treat to return to school with. It went exceptionally well and we now know exactly what parts of the plan should be tweaked. I was a proud principal today - the kids were perfect!!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
So much has happened to my school family already in this short year. A start I hope never to repeat. So in honor of getting through the first round of Open Houses, the first Standards Based Bulletin Boards and the half way point of the first quarter Krispy Kreme doughnuts on me where definitely in order this morning. Part of living the Creek LIFE means putting Fellowship 1st!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
We have so many K walkers this year we had to implement a new policy to ensure everyone was safe and accounted for. I'm the go between from Grandma Ellis at the door and the holding room for students. With a walkie and a clock I can run dismissal from anywhere so my new perch has been the NE door...my favorite part of the day!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
At 3:15 this afternoon all 1296 students exited school for dismissal. 1295 of them walked the halls towards the car line or bus loop or extended day. They shared silly stories, laughed at each other, worried about homework - acted like kids. And then 1departed our school forever.
Three days following a tragic accident our sweet little Linda left us at dismissal, peacefully. Losing this child has been the hardest thing I have experienced as a principal, by far. I am worried about my teachers, staff, parents, Linda's family, the community and especially my children. It will be crucial that our Chets family stick together and take care of each other in the days and weeks and months ahead.
As I think about how difficult this week has been I also realize how appropriate it is that today she left at the same time, right along with all her friends...