Keeping up with the Cougars

September 11th Edition


Welcome to the inaugural edition of "Keeping up with the Cougars". A newsletter meant to keep you informed, and perhaps entertained? Feedback is welcome!

Never forget ...

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.
– President George W. Bush

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Leaders among us ...

Thanks to our ScIP and PLC for putting together an engaging PD activity on Wednesday. An afternoon session like that, promoting collegial and professional dialogue, validates turning over faculty meeting time. This opportunity for each of us to learn from one another develops a culture of trust and builds leadership capacity from within.

Thank you all for your active participation as well. It doesn't work without YOUR positive attitude and sincere contributions.

Blog is current

My blog page has recently been updated with the same information that was sent out via ParentLink. It contains information about Back to School Night and the Student Advisory Council.

Calendar updates ... already :(

A couple of dates have been changed for future events. Battle of the Classes is being moved back a week to Tuesday, 11/12, while the fall drama production dates are being moved up a week (now 11/19, 11/20 @ 7, and 11/21 @ 1). Keep a bookmark on the master calendar to ensure you always have the most up-to-date information on all CNHS events.

Something to think about ...

We shared this video with all classes at the meetings on Friday. Its a message relevant to the students, but also to all of us. Definitely worth 3 1/2 minutes of your time.
Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Above and beyond ...

How's this for a story ... A CNHS student accidentally threw out a very expensive medical device in an ordinary brown paper lunch bag, and doesn't realize it until she is on her way home on the school bus. Parents are at a total loss for what to do so they reach out to the nurse's office. The nurse calls Big Ed wondering if there might still be a chance that the garbage is retrievable. You can imagine what happens next ... Big Ed climbs into the dumpster on one of the hottest days of the summer and starts pulling out trash bags from lunch. 5 members of the custodial crew start tearing through garbage bags and tearing open trashed brown paper lunch bags in hope of finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. And since we all love a happy ending, surely you must know that the device is found and returned to an awestruck family, with no words to describe their gratitude.

It never ceases to amaze what level people will rise to in the best interest of a child. You think you've seen it all ... and then this happens.

Shout outs of appreciation go out to Big Ed, Gail, Eileen, Patti, and custodial crew members Alex, Rick, Joan, Jim, Steve, and Henry.