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Happenings In Panther Nation - October 2018

Panther Pride

Our district administrative team is doing a book study using The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon. During our last meeting, we discussed Chapter 2; Positive Teams Create Positive Cultures.

Jon Gordon points out that all great teams have a great culture. This is because our culture is the living and breathing essence of what we believe, value, and do. Another interesting thought that he brings out is that our culture is brought to life by everyone on the team and we are constantly creating culture every moment of every day.

Along with these thoughts, our administrative team had a quality conversation around the fact that to create your culture you must identify what you stand for and what do you want to be known for.

With our culture being dependent upon the sum of what each of us believes, values, and does on a continual basis, we must take time to do some self-reflection. I am a firm believer that our growth as an organization and as individuals is driven by each one of us spending time reflecting.

A few reflective thoughts that come to mind are:

  • Am I developing a culture of positivity or do I allow negative actions to occur?

  • Do I have a growth-mindset culture or do I have a fixed-mindset culture?

  • Does my culture focus on students or adults?

  • Do I promote a culture that advocates for family or does my culture speak of individualism?

  • Is my culture positively contagious or am I an energy vampire?

  • Am I creating a culture of doing whatever it takes for success or does my culture create barriers to success?

  • Can I articulate what I stand for and what I want to be known for?

As I said earlier, culture is brought to life by each one of us. The responsibility of developing culture doesn’t fall entirely on the shoulders of one group. Jon Gordon points out that we must take the approach that it is my culture! Own it! Don’t expect somebody else to create it!! We each have the power to create a positive culture!!

I look forward to continuing the culture conversation with you!! Send me a note or better, stop me and share your thoughts.


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School Board Update

During the October Board Meeting, the following items came before the School Board:

The School Board heard an update of the Facilities Advisory Committee. Several committee members shared information from the recent visit to several campuses by committee members and school district staff.

Christine Bedre presented a curriculum update in which she discussed learning environment student survey data.

Kyle Penn presented a finance update in which he covered several department refinements in alignment with recommendations from the TASBO Management Review Update.

Kyle Penn presented an update on the possibility of establishing a district food pantry. The district will continue to offer shared tables in each campus cafeteria and will explore beginning a food pantry at the high school campus.

The School Board unanimously approved the recommended elementary campus Targeted Improvement Plan for the 2018-2019 school year.

The School Board acknowledged the teacher contracts that were presented.