A Principal's Reflections for this Holiday Season – What am I Thankful for?
I must admit that I am more thankful this year than any other that I can remember in recent times – I am thankful to have been entrusted by a great community with the education and well-being of scores of students. It is a great gift to be given this responsibility. I write today to remind you that I am committed 100% to our community.
In dealing with the day-to-days of public education, I have found myself in the occasional odd situation – the type of situation where there are details clouding an issue and the adults are in disagreement. One might think that such things are always clear-cut for a principal, but many situations are unique. When I am faced with a tough decision, I check myself by asking, “Is this the best thing for this child?”
Over the years, the above question has become one of my (many) little mottos that helps to guide me in how I do business, and, in my opinion, it characterizes the importance that I believe should be placed on creating relationships.
Throughout my career, I have had many moments where I have been reminded to focus on creating and maintaining relationships. I have always referred to these situations as moments of affirmation – they serve, in part, to make me realize that I am on the right path or to get me back on the right path if I have strayed. I believe that schools are about people.
I also believe that it is important to complete the cycle of acting on behalf of the best interests of people, With that in mind, I am - in turn - delivering this message to you: Continue on in the right path . . . . Know that it is extremely important to create and nurture positive relationships . . . and above all, spread the word!
Listed below are some reminders taken from Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Take some time to remind yourself about relationships, and spread cheer at every opportunity during this time of year!
*Seek first to understand
*Keep your promises
*Be kind and courteous
*Clarify your expectations
*Be loyal to those who are absent
*Apologize when necessary
*Be open to feedback
It is the policy of River Forest Community School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap in its programs as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 22-9.1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX (Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973).
Ella es la política de River Forest Community School Corporation no a discriminar sobre la base de raza, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, edad o minusvalía en sus programas como lo exige la ley Indiana sobre derechos civiles (I.C. 22-9.1), título VI y VII (Ley de derechos civiles de 1964, título IX (enmiendas de la educación), y Sección 504 (Ley de rehabilitación de 1973).