HOPE & JOY: Farewell & Thank You

Posted: June 14, 2021

  Thank you for letting me tell some of your stories through the years with the HOPE & JOY project. It has been such a privilege to do so. I’ve frequently shared the joy I get from graduation. The nervous excitement about what’s next in our graduates’ life journeys is hopeful and inspiring. Returning to…
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HOPE & JOY: Wisdom from Seniors Part III … what do you remember?

Posted: June 7, 2021

I hope you had a nice weekend.  This is graduation week with CHS on Friday and HFHS on Saturday.  What an incredible journey for the class of 2021?!?  Their resiliency is inspiring and your support of them has been greatly appreciated. We have all learned a lot this year about our schools, students, families, and…
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HOPE & JOY: Wisdom from Seniors – Part II

Posted: June 1, 2021

I hope you are all having a nice Memorial Day Weekend.  It feels like summer has arrived. This week I’m sharing wisdom from seniors about the following question:  In thinking about life after graduation, what are you most nervous about?  What are you most excited about? Enjoy! Jeff   HOPE & JOY: Nerves & Excitement…
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HOPE & JOY: Wisdom from Seniors – Part I

Posted: May 24, 2021

I love talking with students and the senior exit interviews have been a highlight for me each year.  Like a lot of things the past couple of years, we’ve had to pivot and think differently about how we do something we love.  For senior exit interviews, we used a survey option.  I wanted to share…
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HOPE & JOY: School Board Appreciation

Posted: May 17, 2021

“School governance is the foundation of our public school systems—and stability, expertise, and representation by people invested in their children’s education are critical to effective governance.” (Pierce) For the past ten years I’ve had the privilege to watch our school board,  Casey O’Dell, Julie Rotz, Mary Tipton and our current board members Erika Cox, Connie…
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HOPE & JOY: Happy Staff Appreciation Week!

Posted: May 3, 2021

Happy Staff Appreciation Week! Even with the great challenge this year has presented, I hope you have felt great appreciation all year long.  I thought I would share a pretty cool story about one of our staff members I saw on the news this week, Alia Woolfe and her family’s mission of kindness.  I asked…
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HOPE & JOY: April showers, May flowers

Posted: April 24, 2021

I hope you had a nice weekend after a very busy week.  It was inspiring to see students in school last week and talk with staff.  I’m in the habit of asking “How are you doing?” This year, behind our masks, that question seems almost a little silly.  Where do you begin when answering that…
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HOPE & JOY: The Power of Listening

Posted: April 20, 2021

Wow, what a beautiful weekend.  I hope you’ve been able to enjoy it.  I wanted to share one of my highlights from last week.   We had another community equity forum with about 50 participants.  Although I miss the in-person forums we’ve had in the past, zoom has helped us engage more people and amplify…
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Posted: March 29, 2021

Hello!  With the Governor’s announcement Thursday, we are faced with another transition.  It seems the only other constant besides our amazing teachers and staff showing up for students has been a never-ending state of change and adjustments. It’s required our focus to be on what’s next and hasn’t created a lot of time to pause…
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