Monday Message

3.21.16

Sometimes Sunday nights come even faster than usual! That was the case for me this weekend. Saturday we celebrated my father-in-law's surprise 70th birthday party, a gathering that we had to put together in about two months (and about six months early - His birthday is in September) because we recently found out that Amy's brother, an officer in the Air Force, will be moving to the Middle East for a year beginning in July. This was an opportunity to get everyone together one last time before that happens. We've had a home full of guests, and our house also became meal-central Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (I'm sure you're not surprised). In fact it's 9:30 PM, and we just finished cleaning up the kitchen for the third time today. Meanwhile, weigh-in for Biggest Loser should be interesting tomorrow morning.....


When gathering with family and friends, especially extended family that I don't see regularly, they often ask me what it's like to be a middle school principal in 2016. This happened a number of times over the weekend. For obvious reasons it's a difficult question to answer in one shot. Ours is a complicated, multi-faceted world that demands flexibility, empathy, and loads of patience. I share many stories of the good work that happens in our building every day, as well as the challenges some of our students face when they wake up in the morning. That's when I am reminded how lucky I am to have a supportive family both at home and in school. I know we haven't been together long, but I hope you all know how much I appreciate the time and effort you put into each day with our students. I guess I'm a little mushy in the afterglow of a good party. For those of you who prefer a firm handshake to a hug, I apologize for all of the feelings. But I still think you rock!


Thanks to all of you who, at one time or another, have been a "rainbow in my cloud" as Dr. Angelou says below. Have a great week!

Dr. Maya Angelou: "Be a Rainbow in Someone Else's Cloud" - Oprah's Master Class - OWN

Calendar (AKA Where Will Tim Be This Week?)

Monday, Mar 21st:

  • BOE Meeting, 6:30 PM, HS LGI

Tuesday, Mar 22nd:

  • Richard Jensen - Motivational Speaker (8th Grade Only), 9:15 AM, LGI
  • Admin Cabinet, 9:45 AM, HS LGI

Thursday, Mar. 24th:

  • Regional Ed Tech Meeting, 1:00 PM, Glens Falls Central Office

Friday, Mar. 25th:

  • Good Friday - No School!

Other Important Upcoming Dates:

3/28 - BOE Budget Workshop

3/28 - March HSA Meeting

3/29 - Rescheduled Faculty Meeting - NYS Assessments Security

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

Tales from Baltimore: Restorative Justice, Healing, and Transformation

Taken From the Skidmore Restorative Justice Project Website - a great free opportunity to learn about the impact RJ has had in even the most challenging communities. I will be there. I hope some of you can join me! Click for more information.

A Lecture by Lauren Abramson, PhD

Director of the Community Conference Center of Baltimore

March 23, 2016 7:30pm
Davis Auditorium
Skidmore College

Free and open to the public


Lauren Abramson is a psychologist who has worked with children and families in communities for the past 25 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, Maryland and Assistant Professor (part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Lauren focused attention on Community Conferencing in Baltimore in 1995. She advances conferencing as a means of building social capital and collective efficacy on many levels, including: empowering individuals and communities to resolve their own conflicts keeping young people out of the criminal justice system, and mobilizing the existing untapped human assets in communities.

College and Career Day was awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share your stories!