Hard Work

                              SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE
                                            HARD WORK

 It’s hard to believe we are heading into our last full month of the 2013-2014 school year. It has been an amazing year with many successes to celebrate. Just take a look at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreatFallsPublicSchools. The timeline celebrates the accomplishments of individuals, groups, teams, and activities, and I know many others were unfortunately not included for one reason or another. How do so many good things happen over the course of 8 months? I believe that these successes are due to mostly one thing: hard work.

At Convocation, I talked about one of my most basic beliefs: life is about working hard and playing hard and that success comes from both. As we prepare for the final month of the 2013-2014 school year, I will take this opportunity to review some of my comments:

? I believe in a full day’s work, doing it well and having the satisfaction of knowing that I gave it my best. I love my work. I love doing my work. I love working for you. I believe that I owe hard work to those who “brung” me and even more importantly to those who are counting on me: GFPS students and all of you. I hope you are passionate about what you do. It makes the hard work so worth it.

? I also believe that I must be my best self at work. I make my own weather, and I have the power to decide if my weather is cloudy or sunny. I always prefer sunny. I hope you do too. We know that students thrive when they are surrounded by adults who care about them and who have a positive relationship with them. Who wants to have a relationship with some distracted, grouchy employee just going through the motions? Remember, you can choose your own weather!

? I believe you have to “Be There” to work hard. 80% of success is showing up. By being there, by being present in mind and body, success is more likely than not. I believe that in order for GFPS to be successful, staff must be present. That is why I continue to advocate for your health and well-being. The students need you to “be there”.

? I believe that we must make time for fun within our work. We need to be able to laugh at ourselves and with others. Laughter and humor are infectious. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. This priceless medicine is probably the most important tool in your bag this last month of school. Enjoy it liberally.

My passion for hard work was passed down from my parents, and reinforced and expected by my teachers. I try to highlight the promise and practice of hard work in all that I do. I think our kids, our community, and our future depend on it from me…from us.

Take care. Be safe. Stay well.