Catholic School Matters
September 25, 2016
The Productivity Issue
This issue is full of articles about time management, workflow, and productivity. This is about the time of year that we all begin to feel a little frayed with the many demands of our work. Our students begin to become stressed, our teachers a little short on patience, and our principals begin to lose the focus of the start of the year. Is there ever enough time?
I don't present these articles to add to your stress. Read the articles which appeal to you in the hopes that they can help you organize your time and efforts around accomplishing what is most important. I certainly hope you don't become discouraged by what you're not doing!
Usually when I'm stressed I find that there is some project or person that I'm failing to confront. We can't allow ourselves to feel powerless and unable to confront what is stressing us. I encourage you to find a way to tackle that which is stressing you out. I hope you find an article which suggests a new strategy in order to make you happier and more more effective.
Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent
Sacred Heart School's (Miles City) 4th graders participate in picture day. Sacred Heart added a preschool this year and broke up another group of blended classes. Their enrollment is up to 149!
Congratulations St. Jude!
St. Jude Thaddeus School in Havre celebrated its 100th Anniversary this month. Still going strong!
Thank you, Dr. Jeannie Ray-Timoney!
Dr. Jeannie Ray-Timoney (right) came from Portland to direct our WCEA team which included Margaret Stell and Lauren Smith from St. Matthew's and Rick Hyland from St. Joseph's. The team recommended De La Salle Blackfeet School receive 6-year accreditation!
Congratulations St. Jude!
The Week Ahead
Monday: office (Helena)
Tuesday: office (Helena)
Wednesday: St. Charles Mission School WCEA visit (Pryor)
Thursday: Montana Federation of Independent Schools mtg (Kalispell)
Friday: office (Helena)
This week: 958 driving miles
Last week: 1,318 driving miles
2016-17: 9,344 driving miles; 2,160 air miles
Farewell, Brother Michael Flaherty, FSC
What I'm Reading 2016-17
- Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman.
- The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (finished)
- Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption Cragun & Sweetman (finished)
- Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work by Fullan and DuFour (finished)
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (finished)
- Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley (finished)
- The Orange Frog by Shawn Achor (finished)
- Last week, the Great Falls Task Force presented this proposal to Bishop Warfel, who approved it and then sent it to the pastors for approval.
- We have a new form for formal learning evaluations. Principals should begin planning these observations for all first and second-year teachers and the experience educators scheduled for this year.
- I'll be sending out a form for NCEA data collection this week. Remember, we submit our data numbers every year and the NCEA compiles and reports on national trends.
Have you registered your school for Montana’s 2016 Student Mock Election? This year’s mock election will take place onNovember 3, 2016. To ensure your students are able to participate in the program, please register here (Link: http://youthvote.mt.gov/registration.asp)
- There have been a few changes for scheduled principal meetings this fall and spring. Make sure to check out the new calendar. The most notable change is the Nov 10th meeting in Havre has been moved to Great Falls on Nov 14th.
- On the Horizon: