Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Image may contain: 2 people, people standingThe word effort is defined as "a vigorous or determined attempt," "conscious exertion of power," and "hard work requiring time and effort." It is very rewarding to see the efforts our school community is making in order to be successful. Teachers strive daily to provide a well-rounded education to our students. They encourage, support, cajole, and motivate students to embrace their own learning. They plan lessons, they develop activities, they look for real-world applications, and they care about what students are accomplishing. Our students are our mission, and we want nothing but the best for each one.

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upon the student as well. Students must be willing to put forth the effort to acquire the knowledge and skills in order to provide evidence of their learning. That means students must be both physically and mentally present. They must be attuned to what they are being asked to accomplish. They must ask questions if they don't understand. They have to be willing to put in the time and effort in order to be successful in the classroom. If asked to place yourself on the "Effort Meter," where would you fall?

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It is easy to see the fruits of student effort outside the classroom. The Colt football team demonstrated tremendous effort during this football season. Our band, cheerleaders, and JROTC students have put forth great effort to be successful in their own right as well as in support of one another. Many students are active in clubs and other organizations where they are realizing success not only in being recognized but also for participation. It is great to be a part of group that shares common goals and interests. How I would like that same attitude toward the classwork our students are asked to do each day!

The first semester of the 2018-2019 school year will end December 21st. With willing attitudes and effort, every student can achieve academic success. Remember, success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. Ray Lewis said, "It has nothing to do with talent, and everything to do with effort! Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you." You've got this! #WeAreRivercrest

Monday, November 12, 2018


It's fall, y'all! This time of year is truly a time to slow down a bit and give thanks for the many blessings we all have in our lives. From the smallest to the grandest, I've listed some of my special school moments for which I am most thankful:

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  • daily greetings from students when I walk down the hall - makes me smile!
  • multi-color flip chart markers

  • displays of student work posted in hallways
  • a student who returns the $20 bill that another student unknowingly dropped from his pocket
  • stromboli served in the cafeteria
  • teachers working with one another to develop a plan to meet the needs of a particular student
  • pictures in front of the green screen of students dressed for a special day
  • See You at the Pole events
  • industry and college tours for students
  • band performances
  • tea parties in the Family Consumer Science room
  • colleagues who support one another and enjoy one another's company  
  • JROTC community service
  • technology that works - 99.9% of the time!
  • shiny hallway floors
  • Rivercrest Voices singing at community events
  • completed projects (almost!) - stadium, bus shop, locker room, door replacements ...
  • perfect attendance celebrations
  • football players carrying flags to honor our veterans
  • college acceptance announcements
  • Fall Break - I hope everyone enjoys time with family and friends! I know we will all come back renewed and refreshed to finish the semester strong!
Rivercrest School District - I hold this district near and dear to my heart. It is the place where I graduated from high school, where I began my teaching career, and where very special children (including my grandchildren) attend. What an honor it is to serve in this community! #WeAreRivercrest