Montana Catholic Schools Weekly
September 14, 2014
Why do you stay?
This is the time to focus on your returning families to re-connect with them. There are families in every school who were on the fence this summer about returning. Why did they return? Instead of spending time on exit surveys, perhaps a survey of your current families.
It's also the time to personally connect with your new families. Why did they choose your school? What were the most important factors? What was the second choice? Answers to these questions (data) will help you in data-driven decision making. But these answers don't come sitting behind your desk. You need to work the car line, strike up conversations in the gym, after church, or wherever you see parents. This isn't always natural but it's necessary. YOU need to start the conversation.
I've heard of an assistant principal who spends every Friday morning contacting parents to find out how the year is going either via phone or email. By the end of the year, he has called every family. This is the time to connect with your parents to find out how the year is going, why they are committed to your school, and how you can help.
If you build/strengthen those connections early in the year, you'll know why people stay.
Dr. Tim Uhl
Old School Selfies
Ms. Mary Byrne's Kinder class (Hays Mission School) draws "selfies" every month.
I can't imagine a more spectacular setting than Montana Tech's field. What a great night for football!
St. Matthew in a bag
Lauren Smith's office. St. Matthew is keeping an eye on her.
The Week Ahead
Monday: High School WCEA meetings
Tuesday: Elementary WCEA meetings; return to Helena
Wednesday: office day (Helena)
Thursday: Great Falls schools & meeting with Bp. Warfel
Friday: office day (Helena)
Saturday: Great Falls Central Catholic HS Homecoming
Last week: 1,156 miles traveled
This week: 2,170 miles
So now is the time to run those background checks and publicize your VIRTUS training.