Superintendent - Stories of Us

Stories of Us - March 12, 2021
03/12/2021
Partnership Educators, Al once told his sister in a letter that he was nothing but a burden on his family. Al had hit bottom by the age of twenty-two. His parents, who were impoverished, could no longer support him. He needed a job but no one would hire him. In desperation, he appealed to an old school friend. A fella whose class notes he used to copy. This friend's father
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Stories of Us - March 5, 2021
03/05/2021
Partnership Educators, June 1936, horse trainer Tom Smith toured the race tracks of Massachusetts looking for a bargain. His California employer, the owner of mostly young promising racehorses, wanted some mature animals to balance his stables. Therefore, here was Tom scrounging through
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Stories of Us - February 26, 2021
02/26/2021
Partnership Educators, Every week Andy goes for a Sunday stroll down the street in his Nashville neighborhood. About a mile and a half down the road he meets Gabe and they clap, snap, and high-five each other as they pass. This ritual has been occurring for several years since they met in early 2000. Gabe and Andy are good friends and they started this goofiness
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Stories of Us - February 12, 2021
02/12/2021
artnership Educators, As you are well aware it is Black History Month and, believe it or not, it hasn't been around very long. It was officially recognized by President Johnson in the 1970s but truthfully some communities have been celebrating this since the early 1900s. In 1925 Carter G. Woodson, an educator
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Stories of Us - February 5, 2021
02/05/2021
Partnership Educators, ​ Four-year-old Elijah happily identified his letters and numbers while playing with his Mom on the family couch. He put up with this work to get at the real love. His imaginative
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Stories of Us - January 29, 2021
01/29/2021
Partnership Educators, The Power of a Promise. Contemplate that statement. We make commitments all the time. My father was an average man
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Stories of Us - January 22, 2021
01/22/2021
Partnership Educators, We had our engagement meeting this evening with site teams of parents, staff, and board members. It's a great exercise to revisit your goals and to focus on how you will achieve them. Redding has a bold vision where
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Stories of Us - January 15, 2021
01/15/2021
Partnership Educators, April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. headed to Memphis, Tennessee, to support sanitation workers. King had been to the city for a rally back in March but it
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Stories of Us - January 8, 2021
01/08/2021
Partnership Educators, I hope and pray for joy and happiness from the holiday season to continue for you and yours for the coming weeks and months. I send a firm heartfelt sense of
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Stories of Us - December 17, 2020
12/17/2020
Partnership Educators, ​ One morning someone hundred and ninety years ago, Anna went to school without her umbrella. She was a lively fourteen-year-old that sometimes let
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Stories of Us - December 11, 2020
12/11/2020
Partnership Educators, Telling the story of any organization is really a tale about the heroes within it. These are everyday people who clean up campus, build supportive instruction, feed
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Stories of Us - December 4, 2020
12/04/2020
Partnership Educators, It was a Halloween night like most others but for the Thomas family, it was well short of normal. Courtney and T.J. Thomas are the parents of three children, one of which is undergoing treatment for Leukemia at
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Stories of Us - November 20, 2020
11/20/2020
Partnership Educators, Roger Crawford said, “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” I believe that this quote is significant today with all that we are doing
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Stories of Us - November 13, 2020
11/13/2020
Partnership Educators, Ed Bray stormed the beach at Normandy during World War II, earning two purple hearts. And yet, the toughest thing the 89-year-old
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Stories of Us - November 6, 2020
11/06/2020
Partnership Educators, Autism is a developmental disorder that can affect how the brain processes information. People with autism
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Stories of Us - October 30, 2020
10/30/2020
Partnership Educators, Artie had just set out on a long car trip home from Sydney, Australia to Goulburn. It would
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Stories of Us - October 16, 2020
10/16/2020
Partnership Educators, Officer Joe Martin was off duty that night and was working out at the gymnasium. The gym was
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Stories of Us - October 9, 2020
10/09/2020
Partnership Educators, They used to call them Scrub Horses. Third rate wagon pullers was another term. Back in the 1860s in Ohio, there was just such a horse named Sleepy Tom. He was a familiar sight around the town of Bellbrook. People said in earlier years Sleepy Tom had been harness racing material and that he had come from good pacing stock but he had been trained too hard and he had fallen ill. Ever since that illness, he had been a victim of one owner after another who used him for pulling various carts and wagons.
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Stories of Us - October 2, 2020
10/02/2020
Partnership Educators, There is certainly so much to pay attention to in this environment that we find ourselves in. We can certainly get overwhelmed just by trying to listen to all of the information swirling around us. Most people will try to control the overload by focusing on a few bits of information. We can also be susceptible to focusing so much on all the information that we lose the center on our purpose or just perspective on the entire narrative. I certainly have fallen into the narrow focus trap as we have moved from one thing to the next thing.
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Stories of Us - September 25, 2020
09/25/2020
Partnership Educators, Born Joan Ruth Bader in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York to a father who immigrated from Odesa, Ukraine, and a mother who died before she graduated from high school, she was an icon in our country. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing this last Friday was a great loss for us all. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in government. It was at that time when she met and married her husband, Martin Ginsburg. It was after having children and her watching her husband's end his army service and graduate with a law degree that she attended and graduated from Columbia Law School.
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Stories of Us - September 18, 2020
09/18/2020
Partnership Educators, On Thursday we celebrated Constitution Day. It is a time to reflect on the founding of this nation and the time that has passed since the signing of this historical document. When the Constitution was signed, the United States population was 4 million. It is now more than 320 million. Philadelphia was the nation's largest city, with 40,000 inhabitants. Many of those founding authors of this great document watched their fledgling country change as they helped build better ways forward.
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Stories of Us - September 11, 2020
09/11/2020
Partnership Educators, Today represents a moment in time when everyone can remember where they were on this date nineteen years ago. We are reminded of the memories of those who lost their lives in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Etched in our minds are the pictures of the heroic efforts of the rescue workers who rushed forward to saves the lives of the individuals caught in the tragedy of this act of terror. Our brave public servant comrades in our police and fire have always been there for us as citizens. Honoring those individuals who have served or continue to serve in these organizations as well as our military shouldn't have an end. They run to our rescue in some of our lowest moments and I know many of them are our loved ones from the Redding,
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Stories of Us - September 4, 2020
09/04/2020
Partnership Educators, My sons all played video games while growing up. Mario Bros was a staple at our house. The boys, who almost all are in the thirties now, still talk about some of the games they used to play and laugh about how long it took them to "beat the game" or "pass a level". It always fascinated me how they would fail over and over again until they made it, with great personal joy by the way. In comparison, my wife and I might start a level and fail a few times until we would give up. I am sure you have had similar experiences. Why would we do that? Truthfully we wouldn't always give up. Sometimes we would keep trying. Most times we would keep trying when we had an expert sitting by our side helping guide us. Who was our expert? Our sons. They certainly had the skill for some of these games at a very high level and could explain how to make it through. With the guide by our side, we felt that we could do it. We no longer saw the task as unachievable.
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Stories of Us - August 28, 2020
08/28/2020
Partnership Educators, As I stood staring at the patio cover, I heard a low honk from a vehicle. My expression went from curious to questioning as I lowered my gaze to stare at the driver in a red Honda looking back at me. It was then that I realized that I was standing in the middle of the street.
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Stories of Us - August 21, 2020
08/21/2020
Partnership Educators, My wife and I have been known to frequent the driveways and garages of other locals in search of hidden gems within their wares. Investigating the tables and talking with the happy sellers is what brings the joy of the activity. I love to investigate the Barnes and Noble like discount books that are often in boxes or strewn in piles that invite the buyer to move the top books to find if there might be a prize underneath. Upon one such adventure, I unearthed a book that I had read to my sons. I was pleased to find, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I started thinking about those moments of reading with my sons and a great sense of joy filled my heart with the fond memories of those intimate gentle times with my boys.
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Stories of Us - August 14, 2020
08/14/2020
Partnership Educators, What a great time walking the schools and seeing the kids and staff interacting again. This time of year is the best. Some of our schools had the opportunity to have two first days with kids. That is so fantastic to consider that we are some of the few privileged to get to experience the pure joy and excitement of kids returning back to school. Actually, I know you all well enough to see the pure joy and excitement that you have for your return back with kids. Thanks for living the joy of learning with our kids. They are thankful.
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