No School November 22 ~ 24
Have a great Thanksgiving break!
The first part of the 2017-2018 school year has gone by quickly, and it has certainly been an exciting and eventful time. Parents, teachers, and students have had the opportunity to meet and discuss how all can work together to achieve the motto of Grainger County Schools - TEACH. LEARN. SUCCEED. Vince Lombardi once said, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Certainly, a successful school year is the result of the combined effort of many individuals - including faculty, staff, school board members, parents, students, and the community.
As the seasons begin to change, I realize that Thanksgiving is almost here and for many of us, will bring about a time for appreciation and gratefulness. I came across this quote by William Arthur Ward some time ago: “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” While I wouldn’t classify any day in the public school system as “common” or any job where we daily encounter children as “routine”, I’d certainly agree that serving as Director of Schools allows many “ordinary opportunities” to be turned into “blessings.”
I’d like to take just a moment to share with you the many things for which I am grateful. I am thankful for students who come to school every day with an open mind and a willing spirit ready to learn. Your achievements remind us daily of the important work we do. I am thankful for supportive families who create a partnership with the school system. By working with us, we can assure that students are best prepared to meet the challenges which lie before them. I am thankful for teachers, support staff, and administrators who demonstrate a true caring not just about student achievement but about the overall well-being of all students. Your positive attitudes, optimistic work ethic, and relentless perseverance make having a difficult job a joy. I am thankful for our community members who enthusiastically contribute so much to our students, staff, and our schools. Without your often unnoticed contributions, our jobs would be much more difficult.
As the holiday season approaches, I encourage you to plan to share in a special meal with your student in the school cafeteria. Although you are always welcome to eat in the cafeteria, an exceptional holiday meal will be offered Friday, November 17 and Friday, December 15. Our cafeteria staff work extra hard to assure that you, your students, and school personnel experience a wonderful feast and warm touch of the holiday season.
On behalf of all Grainger County Schools, I invite you to join me and my staff as we combine our efforts to assure that Grainger County students will succeed at the highest level of achievement possible. Together, we will work to allow educators to TEACH with rigor and relevance so that students will LEARN the skills and knowledge needed to SUCCEED in becoming community, college, and career ready.
Director of Schools