Superintendent - Stories of Us

Stories of Us - October 9, 2020
10/31/2020
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 It is a time to reflect on the founding of this nation and the time that has passed since the signing of this historical document.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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