THE HENTON HEADLINES
August 27, 2020
Here’s the scoop for the week...
What three superintendents shared about their opening of school in recent days:
- “The kids did awesome! They wore masks as if they were born with them on!”
- The weather was oppressive this week for kids wearing masks in school and on the bus ride home so we made the decision to let students out of school early-after 11:15am-just for this week and that decision was well received!
- Kids came up to me in the cafeteria and told me they are so happy to be back in school!
As with any school year, the start for these three superintendents included last minute issues that demanded increased flexibility and problem solving, yet the success their school districts experienced in the first few days during unprecedented, unpredictable and undesirable times is notable and to be celebrated.
Kids are resilient. You know how to monitor and adjust. Kids will see you are leading and eagerly share with you their joy about returning to a place they dearly missed and where they want to be in the days and months ahead.
Let the experience of these three superintendents inspire you to continue the extraordinary work you are doing to get ready for your students and staff.
I hear the fatigue in your voices. I see it on your faces. Self-care is more important than ever. Consider doing this on Friday:
Dr. Dan Bittman, Superintendent of Elk River, shared the following with colleagues and has given me permission to include this activity in my Weekly eUpdate to you.
- What went well and why this week? (Identify 3-5 things!)
- What didn’t go well and why? (Limit yourself to 2 things!)
- What are 3 goals for next week?
- How will you get there?
From my vantage point I suggest the following:
- Keep your regional/local networking meetings going well into the school year. They can be sources of great ideas and of great refuge. We need each other. Keep meeting.
- Know your “why” as Simon Sinek advises. Be laser-focused on your purpose.
- Find the opportunity every day to move, laugh and attend to self-care. Your leadership is needed. If not you, who?
- Mind your self-talk. Give yourself grace as you do with so many others.
- Provide your school boards points that would be very helpful for them to emphasize about the opening of school whenever they are in public, or in a meeting. Examples...We are ready. We are prepared. A personalized quality education will happen in our district during the 2020-2021 school year no matter which learning model is in place. We have pivoted before and will do it again. Staff have been included in plan development. Cleaning has, and will continue to take place daily. Kids are resilient...