Monday, February 27, 2012

Welcome Back

I hope that all of you had a restful break. For a vacation week we were actually pretty busy at work.  We put the finishing touches on the budget presentation and will now prepare to present it for the first time on March 7. The first draft of the 2012-2013 school calendar has been created (it looks like Spring Break will be April 1-5, 2013, for those who would like to do some vacation planning). Training schedules for the anti-bullying program, academic standards implementation, and our new student management system have been created. Finally, we finished updating our new website. A pretty busy week indeed!

Some of our student athletes spent the week participating in their sectional/state competitions as well.  We have girls basketball, wrestling, swimming/diving, track, and boys hockey involved in competitions, and you can check standings and game schedules right on our website on the athletics page. Best of luck to all!

I did something out of the box last week as well. I went to New York City for a day to be on a panel discussion regarding digital publishing and the future of textbooks. It was very interesting to sit with people from across the country and hear that print textbooks are going to be a thing of the past in pretty short order. I am all for this transition as I watch elementary students walk from the school to the bus with more weight on their backs than they actually weigh themselves! Stay tuned.

As part of our anti-bullying initiative we will be hosting best-selling author Jay Asher on March 20 at the high school.  Mr. Asher wrote the book 13 Reasons Why about bullying and teen suicide.  He is going to be meeting with students all day on March 20, and then he will be holding an informational meeting that evening that will be open to the community.  Much more about this event will be available in the coming weeks, and I am looking forward to his visit.

Have a great week!