Happy "A Week Away from Spring Break!"

March 15, 2019

This week, celebrate wins by our WYSE team and band members and reflect on a rough couple of weeks.

Our hearts are still heavy as it has been a rough week couple of weeks for our entire community. Unfortunately, I have been through a number of these tragic events similar to losing Cole over the past 31 years and while the circumstances are different they all feel the same...surreal, disbelief, shock, broken hearts, questions, heightened vulnerability, the intense pain as the reality of it all sinks in, and knowing we are changed forever. Everyone handles trauma in different ways. I have been proud of the team here in our approach to providing support. We have wonderful students, staff, parents, and community members as well. Also, as you know, we have also had the support of surrounding school districts and outreach organizations. We will continue to monitor, adjust, and support. As time moves on, it is always my hope that we all move closer to "living in the moment"; "focus more on the positive and be a positive light in this world"; and "always be there for each other." Our prayers and thoughts continue to be and will always be with the Evan's family. As you know, many support initiatives have begun and we will work hand in hand with the family as support efforts unfold.

Wins!

  • Congrats to our students on the HS WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team for recently finishing 1st place and advancing to State!
  • Congrats to our HS Band students who recently performed as a part of the Macon County Honors Band in which we hosted!
  • National Social Worker Week - Recently it was "honor your social work week"...we are blessed to have Stacy and Jessica everyday...thanks for all you do!
  • National Arts Education Week - It is "recognize art education week"...thanks to all of our parent volunteers who inspire our kids at the GS and a huge shout out to our HS Art Teacher, Michelle Sendy...we are so glad you are part of our team and it is outstanding to see what you and the students are doing this year!

Need to Know

  • Middle School Steering Team - There is a "Get Involved" section on the website...if interested in serving on this team please go there and sign up...deadline is Friday April 19...there is no limit to how many people can serve.
  • Safety & Security Team - There is a "Get Involved" section on the website...if interested in serving on this team please go there and sign up...deadline is Friday May 3...there is a limit of 10 people for this team.
  • Staffing 2019-20 Update - We have a 5th Grade Classroom teacher opening as Jessica Patrick will be moving to the Intervention Specialist Teacher...if interested in the 5th Grade opening please contact Carrie Reynolds by next Friday.
  • Make Up Days Update 2018-19 - As you know, we have 2 days to make up. Using no weather days our end date was to be Friday May 24. If we used all 5 emergency days, our end date would be Monday, June 3. Tacking on the 2 make up days to the original Friday May 24 date would make our last day Wednesday May 29 as their is no school on Memorial Day May 27. There is one potential option that still allows us to end the Friday before Memorial. That is, to be in session on Monday, April 22 the day after Easter which was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day and to have our students be in attendance for a half day on Friday, May 24 which was originally no students and just staff. We need to get this option cross-checked with the state first and will be discussing at the Board meeting Monday night. By Wednesday next week we will make an official announcement. Of course, this would all change it we have another weather day...you never know about Mother Nature. We recognize that there are up sides and down sides to both options and will deal with those issues once a decision is official.
  • ISU Credit Waivers - There are 5 credit hours available at no cost. Please contact me if you would like to use these for Master Level courses at Illinois State University
  • Reminder - Foundation Grant applications are due by Friday, April 12.

Thoughts/Reflections

  • For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. -Carl Sagan
  • It's not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. -Ann Landers
  • If you ever felt that some students intentionally cultivate drama in their lives, you might be right. Chaos and crisis is safer and more predictable than risking trust, love and connection.
  • The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.

With Maroa-Forsyth Trojan Pride,

John


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