Hope & Joy: February 21


Posted: February 22, 2017

I have the privilege of working with our School Board and get to see day in and day out their volunteer service for our district and community.  What does a school board member do?    ·         Spend 10–20 hours a month visiting schools, preparing for meetings, attending meetings, and advocating for public schools ·         Represent community voice…
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Hope & Joy: February 15

Posted: February 15, 2017

It’s an interesting time to be in public education. With the transition at the federal level, there’s a great deal of uncertainty. At the state level, our legislature is wrestling with how to comply with a Supreme Court decision to fully fund education. Predicting what the future holds on either of those levels is challenging…
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Hope & Joy: February 13


Posted: February 14, 2017

This week’s HOPE & JOY is about student leadership and fittingly comes to us via 8th grade Liberty student, Mark Harimoto (with some assistance from Mr. David Volke).  Thanks for sharing, Mark and David!  Here’s to a great week of letting each of our 7,000 students know they can be a leader!   On Thursday, February…
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Hope & Joy: February 6


Posted: February 6, 2017

Jake Hansel, senior at CHS, is truly an amazing young man.  Jake has been a varsity basketball player since he was a freshman. He is an outstanding student who embodies the selflessness, compassion, and work ethic that we HOPE for in all of our students. Last spring, before Jake’s senior season, he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy,…
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Hope & Joy: February 4


Posted: February 4, 2017

I’m not sure why, but we often initially organize the world by what can’t be done instead of what can.  Maybe it’s a part of that survival instinct that helps keep us safe, which I appreciate, but I think often gets in the way of can. We are in the business of can, but we sometimes jump to “fixing” instead…
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Hope & Joy: January 24


Posted: January 24, 2017

Last night at our board meeting, I had the privilege of honoring our dedicated school board members by reading a proclamation declaring January School Board Appreciation Month. Locally elected school boards are the backbone of public schools.  It’s truly inspiring to see members of our community selflessly serve, giving their time and passion to help…
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Hope & Joy: January 19

Working hard to clear the snow at Grass Valley Elementary.

Posted: January 20, 2017

Why We Do What We Do It would be an understatement to say it’s been an interesting past six weeks.  I was thinking about HOPE & JOY last night while watching the thermometer flirt with freezing and the rain came down.  I was hoping for a normal school day. Sometimes what can seem ordinary becomes extraordinary when…
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Hope & Joy: January 3

Wintery forest; 2017 Happy New Year

Posted: January 3, 2017

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! This is the time of year for resolutions.  According to Statistics Brain, about half of us make a resolution and only 8% of us are successful.  Resolutions typically focus on outcomes, losing weight for example.  Maybe focusing on the outcome is the wrong approach.  Of…
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Hope & Joy: December 12

Coach Eagle lying down with the championship trophy

Posted: December 28, 2016

We go about life doing the best we can. I like to think that no one sets out to have a bad day or make life miserable for others.  We try and we succeed so many times in a day you really can’t keep track of it. We fail a lot in the day too.  Those…
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Hope & Joy: December 5

Dorothy Fox secretary Shuana Ruse speaking with a student

Posted: December 5, 2016

Working in a school system is a privilege because we get to see the impact of our effort tangibly reflected in our students.  Even with that privilege, it’s certainly a challenge.  Meeting the needs of each of our 7,000 students requires a great deal of differentiation.  Our work is really about customer service and our…
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