This week, I had the opportunity to talk with the newest members of the Richland One family – our new teachers and staff that joined us this year. The event started with ice-breaking activities that also were designed for interaction with others from across the district, all 500 square miles!
The festivities continued and it was heartening to see and interact with everyone. All were able to reflect for a moment, as well as share joys and challenges of the profession. Bright spots included their interactions with students, from a student who was surprised that a new teacher would know the student’s name on the first day of school to a student being able to greet the teacher in English, from being in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program.
I had an opportunity to address teachers and listen to their feedback, as a whole, about the profession and their early experiences. Teaching is difficult but also rewarding when you realize the positive impact one can have on the lives of students, while preparing for the assessments and tests that often overshadow how much teachers and staff give on a day-to-day basis.
That said, as a learning organization, we welcome the feedback and use it to make our district more prepared to support the work we are charged to do.
Thanks again to our new teachers and staff for what you do and for being a part of Richland One!
In early-fall, all of our Montessori schools – Brockman, Caughman Road, Gadsden and Logan elementary schools and W.G. Sanders Middle School – participated in the International Day of Peace. They were joined by students from our language immersion program at Carver-Lyon Elementary.
Students led the International Day of Peace program with instrumental and vocal music, recitations, skits and attire representative of the many countries represented by students and staff in Richland One.
At the conclusion of the program, the focus was placed on the peace pole which was inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages. Replicas of the peace pole were to be placed at each of the schools.
Today, the peace pole was installed at the Stevenson Administration Building. This was a pleasant sight as staff paused to view and reflect.
In any languages, may peace prevail.
I would like to take this time to welcome everyone back to school after the winter break. I hope it was an enjoyable time with family and friends.
That said, it is good to have our students and staff back in schools and classrooms! As we approach the midpoint of this academic year, some of our high-schoolers are gearing up for exams and others are gearing up for the remainder of the academic year. Again, we are glad to be to be “back at it!”
As always, we appreciate our parents’ involvement. Working together will improve our students’ outcomes and lead to brighter futures.
Thank you all and best wishes for 2017!