Monday Message

9.19.16

Last night I had a dream, and it's stuck with all day. It was one of those dreams that was normal enough to potentially be real but just odd enough to make me wonder what in my subconscious had triggered it. Somehow I had secured a spot as the host of a quickly approaching episode of Saturday Night Live, yet nobody had told me that was the case. I found out through a television commercial. Now, I'm certainly not one to shy away from a microphone (a statement that shouldn't shock anyone, so I'm told), but this was too much for me. I don't even watch SNL! In line with many of my dreams, however, I was left searching for very essential details that would allow me to prepare for this situation that I was completely unprepared for. I encountered people over and over again who couldn't understand why I was so anxious, and they offered no help. They were more excited by the after-party that I would be entitled to attend as host. Unfortunately my world premier was interrupted by a rogue early morning text message, and we'll never know how badly I bombed.


It's rare that a dream stays with me so clearly after I wake up, so my mind has wandered back to it several times today. I thought about the emotions that felt so real: the anxiety, the excitement, the confusion, and the anticipation. Then I realized how closely this dream and these feelings can be linked to what we do each day that we set foot into school. Although we surely have a general idea based on experience what our days will be like, we can never be truly prepared for the unpredictable nature of our work. Some days we may even wake up feeling completely unprepared for what lies ahead. But isn't that also what makes this so wonderful? Each day is an opportunity to approach a situation from a different perspective because we deal in the world of people, not things. That unpredictability, a breeding ground for fresh perspectives and new ideas, is exactly what allows us to learn and grow from past stumbles. Only special people can do this difficult but rewarding job! And, unlike in my dream, we are able to lean on each other for support because we're all in this together. None of us works in isolation.


As we head into our second full week of the 2016-17 school year, I'm honored to be with you, fighting the good fight for kids, once again. And while I suppose I could wish you all a "predictable week", I'd hate to jinx it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go work on my opening monologue for this year's talent show. It's only eight months away, and I want to be prepared!

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Calendar (AKA Where Will Tim Be This Week?)

Monday, Sep 19th:

  • Results First Meeting w/ ITLs, 8:00 - 10:30 AM, HS LGI
  • BOE Meeting, 6:30 PM, Tanglewood ES

Tuesday, Sep 20th:

  • Admin Cabinet Meeting, 9:45 AM, HS LGI

Wednesday, Sep 21st:

  • 6th Grade Tech Training w/ Jerilyn, 2:30 PM, Library Classroom
  • MS/HS ITL Meeting, 3:00, HS Library

Thursday, Sep 22nd:

  • Parent Open House, 6:30 - 8:18 PM (If we're being exact)

Friday, Sep 23rd:

  • Writing Workshop Training for ELA and Special Education teachers with Jeanne Tribuzzi from Teacher's College, two sessions

Other Important Upcoming Dates:

9/27 - First HSA Meeting


**If you're looking for me, don't forget to check the big calendar hanging on the wall outside of my office.

Restorative Practices in the News

The Post Star's 20 Under 40 Award

Congratulations to Olivia Sutton who will be recognized this Wednesday afternoon at a luncheon at the Great Escape Lodge for being chosen by a panel of judges as one of the Post Star's 20 Under 40. Honorees are nominated by members of the community, and they must meet the following criteria:
  • Dedication and success in their vocation
  • A role model in their career
  • Demonstrated leadership in their business and community
  • Active community and volunteer participation

Olivia is being recognized for her work both here in the South Glens Falls CSD and as co-owner of the Hoppy Trails Brew Bus. Great job, Olivia!

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Energy Saving Reminder

Please remember to shut down all computers before you leave on Friday for the weekend. This includes all computers in computer labs throughout the building. Every little bit helps!

Tweets, Quotes, Blogs, & Other On-line Ephemera That Caught My Eye This Week

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