Top Ten, Twenty, Thirty…
I hope you have noticed that I have made it my personal mission over the last two and half years to tell the story of GFPS. I have made it a priority to share our stories, which are really the community’s stories, as often as I can and wherever I can.
Externally, we have worked to increase the District’s presence in social media especially on Facebook and Twitter. We have worked to get the stories out via press releases, radio ads and the webpage. I speak at no less than five community events per month. I make myself available to the press whenever they ask. We continue our efforts around Edulink, Remind 101, Powerschool bulletins and all the many other ways we reach out to parents.
Internally, I have tried to get information out to staff via presentations at meetings, all staff emails and bi-weekly messages in Newsbits. If you are reading this article in Newsbits, thank you. (Keep reading…there is lots of important information every week.) I pass important information on to department leaders who then pass it on to you.
I learned in a public relations course that a leader must communicate, communicate, and communicate some more. There are days when I am sick of listening to myself only to run into someone that complains about the lack of communication! Communicate, communicate and communicate some more!
To that end, I have added a new strategy this year called “Tammy’s Top Ten on Tuesdays.” Every other Tuesday, I send out an email to a listserve of almost 1500 addresses. Most are emails of community members, who are the target audience, and I’m excited that the list has been growing every week. The email includes ten things for the public to know about GFPS. You can find the lists from August 25, September 8 and September 22 here: http://www.gfps.k12.mt.us/content/tammys-top-10-tuesday. I am going to start sending them out to staff via “all mail” so you can see what is going out to the public. You can have friends and neighbors sign up to receive the email at the link above.
Please know that it is hard to just list ten. Each week, there are ten, twenty, thirty amazing things happening district-wide. If you ever have an idea to add to the list, please let me know and I will try my hardest to communicate, communicate and communicate some more. Thanks for your help!
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.