Notes from the Principal's Desk: January 9, 2018

If you have been on social media lately, you might have seen or heard the phrase "New Year, New You" or other motivational messages about setting resolutions and striving to improve oneself. I realize that New Year's resolutions may not always last all year, but the premise of trying to improve oneself does appeal to me personally.

In a similar fashion, we as educators constantly strive to improve our practices by looking ahead to where we want to go and setting goals to get there. One of the new initiatives we put into place this year to improve communication, a goal I set for myself and the school at the beginning of the year, is a daily 5-minute morning meeting at 7:25am before we open the doors. During this meeting, we might briefly share information about logistics for the day, a student concern, or a personal positive event we have encountered. Sometimes we take time to pray for one another, a loved one, or a school family. While not mandatory, these meetings are usually well attended, and I believe they have helped improve communication among the faculty and staff.

As Mrs. Metzbower, Mrs. Mejibovsky and myself prepared for this year over the summer we set many goals based on feedback from community members, faculty, staff and students. By setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable and Timely, or SMART goals, we have been able to set ourselves and the school on a path towards success.

Next week we will be conducting formal observations in the primary classrooms as the 3rd through 8th grade students take exams. The following week we complete formal observations for grades 4 through 8. The observations provide an opportunity for teachers to reflect back on the goals they have set for themselves during in service week and provide an opportunity for reflection during the school year.

In an effort to gain feedback from the community, we will be sending out a school-wide survey within the next week to solicit feedback from parents, guardians, faculty, staff and students. This feedback will be helpful to us to take stock of where the school is now and help us set goals for the future. Please take a moment to complete the survey when you find it in your inbox. It is a wonderful opportunity to have your voice heard.

Looking to the weeks ahead, we have a half day this Friday for faculty professional development. Dismissal will be at 11:45am. Don't forget: we do not have school Monday, January 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Catholic Schools Week begins Saturday, January 27. A full schedule will be out soon, so be on the look-out for the exciting events we have planned.

So, what SMART goals have you set for yourself this year? After all, it is a "new year, new you."

Have a great rest of the week!

God bless,

Michael Wright