Celebrating Fifty Years of Excellence - May 6, 2016


[My apologies for the long editorial...but sometimes I need to share my personal reflection so you know my thinking...]

I hope you have enjoyed staff appreciation week. It is difficult to find words to express my appreciation for each and every one of you for your hard work this year at Mountain Park Elementary - the hidden gem of GCPS!

In my twenty-three years as an educator, I would say, without a doubt, I have grown more this year than ever before. In reflection over the past school year, I would dare say that most of you may feel the same way.

I have often heard that, through adversity, one gains strength. If this is true, we are stronger than ever before which will prepare us for the journey ahead.

In my professional reading this week (Peak by Anders Ericsson, 2016) the author explains that in order to become an expert, we must have a deliberate practice mindset in which he writes, "If you are not improving, it's not because you lack innate talent; it's because you're not practicing the right must practice and learn while the work is being done." After reading this, I reflected on our professional learning this year and the support both Kay and Danielle have provided. We must continue to practice and learn while we continuing our work with students.

Anders explains that knowledge alone does not make one an expert; he states the importance of developing the necessary skills alongside the attainment of knowledge in order to perform at high levels.

At MPES, we are learning and growing together and we will continue to refine our practice and I know we will see the desired results. It will come through a collaborative, cohesive effort from every single person in this building to make it happen but I know we are up to the challenge.

Thank you again for all of the hard work this year. Please hold on and enjoy the ride...only a few days left!

Staff Absences and Sub Availability

Please know that as we wrap up the school year, it is becoming more difficult each day to find a substitute teacher if you have an unplanned absence. If you are absent and we cannot find a sub, our last option will be to divide your students among your colleagues.

Timeline for Grades and Report Cards

Friday, May 20: Last day to enter grades, comments, effort, etc.

Sunday, May 22: Report card drafts will be emailed to you by 5:00 pm.

Monday, May 23: Preview report cards, make necessary corrections or printing for those that are correct.

Tuesday, May 24: Printing of all report cards and delivered to teachers.

The turn around time is very tight for this last set of report cards. Please make every effort to have your grades up to date during the next few weeks.

Week at a Glance

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