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

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

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Farewell, Brother Michael Flaherty, FSC

Brother Michael has retired from De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning and will be returning to Chicago to live a life of quiet contemplation and fanatical rooting for the Cubs. At 76 years old (57 of them as a Christian Brother), Br. Michael has earned that right! He has served in Browning for four years after his first retirement but spent the majority of his ministry at St. Joseph's High School in Westchester, Illinois. Thank you, Br. Michael. You will be missed.

What I'm Reading 2016-17

  1. Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman.
  2. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (finished)
  3. Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption Cragun & Sweetman (finished)
  4. Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work by Fullan and DuFour (finished)
  5. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (finished)
  6. Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time by Margaret J. Wheatley (finished)
  7. The Orange Frog by Shawn Achor (finished)

Montana Catholic Schools

Serving 3800+ students in 24 Catholic schools across the Treasure State

For Principals

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  5. 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.
  6. On the Horizon:

Productivity Articles

How To Multiply Your Time | Rory Vaden | TEDxDouglasville