The End Game
It doesn’t matter what role you play in this door-opener, this life-changer, this opportunity-maker we call public education! Each of you makes a difference in getting to our end game: students who leave our schools college, career and citizenship ready. Each of you focuses on the art of education, the motivational strategies that make a difference, the grit that gets us through the hard times, and relationships that make a difference. You each make a difference in making our goals, our dreams, and our mission come true: GFPS successfully educating students so they can navigate their futures.
I hope you feel a sense of pride in getting to our end game because it doesn’t just happen for most of these kids. They need help to get there and you give it. It doesn’t matter what level you teach at, what subject matter you share, what support role you play, you make it happen for our kids.
I hope you feel satisfaction at the end of each day in a job well done. Our jobs are not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but they are impactful:
• The art of teaching matters! (Individual Impact)
• The relationships you create and maintain matter! (Collaborative Impact)
• The ways in which we work together side by side matter! (Cumulative Impact)
• Moving together towards common goals matters! (Collective Impact)
Lastly, I hope you feel empowered to believe more, to do more, to be more and to give more because I truly believe that every child is entitled to all the promise of optimism, enthusiasm, time and energy the adults around them can muster.
As I enjoy the lights and sounds of the holiday season, I also look forward to the school days ahead in the New Year because I know that each day will bring about a sense of pride, satisfaction and empowerment. Even when the days are long and the work is hard, I believe that our kids, our community and our future deserve our best. The end game depends on it.
Thank you for being a part of great schools, greater tomorrows and Great Falls! Happy Holidays to you and those you love. My best wishes for a great 2016!
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.