Welcome to 2015 with all of its hopes, challenges, victories and, unfortunately, defeats that may come our way. One of the fun things about working in public education is that we have the opportunity to get "fresh starts" at different times of the year. The start of school in the fall brings a great deal of excitement and promise and it always brings with it a great deal of energy. Right around mid-year, we experience what in many ways amounts to a "halftime" with our holiday break.
As I write this article I have the Radiothon to End Child Abuse on the radio and I am reminded that the holiday season may not mean the same thing to everyone I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis. I know there are families who struggle financially, those who are dealing with crises, addictions, abuse, neglect, and the list goes on. For whatever reason, the frustrations and challenges many of us face become magnified during the holidays, and at times we see the results in negative student behavior and acting out at school that we may not see at other times during the year. I
On a fairly regular basis, I provide information to our public on events and happenings at the Crosslake Community School, hoping to keep the area we serve informed of our student activities and the learning experiences here at Crosslake. It has occurred to me of late, however, that many of you who read these articles may not fully understand what a charter school really is or how we relate to the other public schools in the state and in our area. By Minnesota statute, the purpose of charter schools is to "improve pupil learning and student achievement." At Crosslake Community School, we end
Recently, our school received notification from the Minnesota Department of Education that for the second year in a row, we have achieved "Reward" status for our efforts to reduce achievement gaps in our school and for continued growth in academics as measured by the MCA testing done each spring. Reward status is assigned to the schools who rank in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state of Minnesota who deliver Title I services to their students. To receive this recognition for the second year in a row is evidence of the dedication of our classroom teachers, our Title I support and c
One of my favorite quotes comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is credited with the statement: "Life's most urgent and compelling question is: What are you doing for others?" The month of October has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month.
As we have started another busy school year, it is important for me to take a moment and send a public message of thanks to the Crosslake community, family and friends of the Crosslake Community School. This past June, the folks at Moonlite Bay and a host of others helped our school conduct a major fundraiser, "An Evening for Education." This fundraiser has allowed us to purchase new curriculum and equipment for our music, physical education and Title I programs, as well as new technology in the form of Chrome books for our seventh- and eighth-grade classroom, as well as other support materia
Reload. It is a term often used to describe the process for getting ready to replace a used cartridge in a gun, the paper in a copier or the individual canister in my Keurig coffee maker, among other things. In schools across the country, the term reload can be used to describe what happens during the summer months once the students and large percentage of the staff leave.
“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road …” So begins the song “Time of Your Life” by the band Green Day. The song was performed for some of our students not long ago by some of their classmates who will be leaving our school at the end of the year to continue the next leg of their education journey. Similar “moving on” events will be played out in elementary, middle, high schools and post-secondary institutions across our country in the coming weeks as students graduate and move on to their next adventure, whatever it may be.
How often do we hear a statement like this coming from our children, spouse, employees or the person who was just pulled over for speeding? If you are like me, these words may have crossed your lips at some point in your life! Often, a parent response to such an exclamation by a child might go something like: “Deal with it. Life isn’t always fair.” While this might be how we typically respond, it falls short of helping our students deal with the bumps in the road that can surface during the course of a normal school day.
It is March, and even though we are now into what is called “meteorological” spring, it does not feel or look like it. Seems as though the weather refuses to cooperate with me and my need to get on the golf course any time soon! Speaking of cooperation, this is our character focus for the month. One of the most important attributes we can pass along to our students in a school setting is not only their ability to “get along with” or “tolerate” others, but also the skill set of “working together with” or “along side of” others.