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Happenings In Panther Nation - March 2019

Earlier this month, our two daughters came to visit so they could attend First Monday with Marla. This allowed me an opportunity to spend an entire day with our three grandkids! I was excited to have a day alone with them and our youngest, Blakely, was excited to spend part of the day going on an adventure.

Around midmorning, we put on jackets, hats, and boots and took off on our adventure through the woods close to our house. During our time together we collected pine cones, discovered a dead animal, inspected mushrooms, and walked up and down creek beds. As we explored, Blakely continuously tried to do everything Emma and Mason did but with her being three versus thirteen and ten years old I found myself constantly warning Blakely to slow down and not try to walk through certain areas. She continued to push the boundaries and would get aggravated with me and tell me she could do it. After a while, I realized I needed to stop holding Blakely back and let her take some risk. She found her limits and honestly surprised me as she did things I didn’t think she could do!!

I wonder how many times we do this to our students and the people we work with? Do we try to “protect” them and in turn stifle them from discovering their limits? Do we hold them back like I did Blakely and not allow them to explore and enjoy the adventure? Do we not empower them to imitate the example of others like Blakely was trying to do with Emma and Mason because we have decided they will not be successful?

As we finish out the school year, I challenge you to think about how we are approaching the adventures in and around our lives and begin using phrases like the ones listed below.

You can learn anything you want to

instead of

You're either good at it or you’re not

I want you to challenge yourself

instead of

I don’t like for you to be challenged

When you fail, you learn

instead of

When you fail, you’re no good

Effort and attitude determine everything

instead of

Abilities determine everything

This may take some time

instead of

This is too hard

I will learn from them

instead of

My friend can do it


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School Board Update

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

Mr. Nedbelak spoke in support of the school bond and expressed appreciation for the School Board.

The Board unanimously approved the 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar.

The Board unanimously approved the expenditures for improvements to Agriculture Science Barn facility.

The Board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 budget amendment #2.

The Board unanimously approved a resolution to consider Superintendent, Wade Stanford as Superintendent of the Year - Texas Association of School Boards.

Christine Bedre presented the 2017-2018 Annual Report including the TAPR during the public hearing segment.

Phil Nedbelak presented the annual Transportation Report in which he gave an overview of staff successes, major purchases, and safety training.

The Board acknowledged all staff contracts as presented.