The 2015-2016 school year has arrived! I predict this is going to be a historic year because our beliefs are solid, our goals are clear, the resources are in place, and we are ready to face the challenges that are before us. I hope you take the time to reaffirm your commitment to our vision and mission. I hope you take the time to renew your understanding of the beliefs that drive our action. I hope you study where we are headed via the strategic plan. All of this essential information can be found here: http://www.gfps.k12.mt.us/content/mission.
With this information, I make one more point: All the words on paper that describe our mission, our vision, our beliefs, and our plan are only that, words, unless we operationalize them through our relationships. Relationships are what keep our compasses pointed at true north. Relationships will be what gets us to mission accomplished. I believe this with all my heart: The quality of our relationships will determine the quality of our outcomes.
Speaking of outcomes, a big thank you to the buildings and grounds crew as they worked all summer to make our schools clean and beautiful—inside and out! I also appreciate all the staff members who attended training this summer to hone their skills and knowledge. Also, please know that the rest of the support team has been busy this summer hiring staff, securing resources, and preparing for what is going to be a great year!
I look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year as I visit buildings and classrooms. When I stop in, please do not feel like you have to stop what you are doing. I am just there to watch with admiration as you provide a world class education to the students of Great Falls.
So as we begin this new year, I encourage you to connect and develop relationships with kids, colleagues and community members. I trust you to understand and live up to your individual responsibilities. I expect you to strive for student achievement, stewardship and accountability, and healthy, safe and secure schools. The collective impact of all of us together is significant and there is no doubt that our kids, our community and our futures are depending on us. Here’s to the next 187 days of magic!
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.