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Tiger Talk: Exciting time at PR-B Schools

It is an exciting time at Pine River-Backus Schools! Our enrollment is up, and we have completed a number of building projects, including resurfacing our track, resurfacing our parking lots, putting a new logo and finish on our gym floor, getting...

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It is an exciting time at Pine River-Backus Schools! Our enrollment is up, and we have completed a number of building projects, including resurfacing our track, resurfacing our parking lots, putting a new logo and finish on our gym floor, getting new hallway floors and lockers in our high school as well as a new, secure high school entrance and office space.

We have excellent new teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and cooks! We have a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) integration teacher in our elementary, which will enhance the opportunities for our students to engage in powerful learning.

As I write this, we are waiting to be one of only a handful of schools across the country to Skype with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

All of this and yet I will tell you that the most important part of this place, this learning community, is the people. Our students, families and all of our staff members are truly incredible people. Each day I am amazed at the work that is done in this place and know that we have a place for all.

I'm sure you feel that way about your school. At least I hope that is the case. Even if we had not done all that work to provide a safer, more secure environment for our students, the work here would get done and done well. We have the people to make that true.

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Our challenge this year for PR-B is to have every single student have a connection with an adult in this building. That could be a bus driver, custodian, cook, para, secretary, teacher, administrator, coach or nurse.

It is my belief that if we have that connection, our opportunities for success will increase. Research supports this belief. When we belong and have value at our workplace, home and yes, school, we are more engaged and more likely to succeed.

There will be times when that will be challenging, and sometimes our efforts to connect and build relationships don't appear to work. My experience tells me that we may not always see the fruits of our efforts, but there is a positive impact.

I've heard many times people talking about their concern for the future because of their lack of belief in our young people. I will tell you that our school is full of amazing young people who make me hopeful about our present and our future.

Taking time to get to know these students and hearing their dreams is a great way to overcome the pessimism.

It is an exciting time at Pine River-Backus Schools! We invite you to come and see the magic happen here. Tiger Pride is present all around.

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