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Staff Mini Pack Update 10/16/2015

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Dear Scott Staff,

This weekend as I was reading....I came across this article from Reader's Digest entitled, Everyday Heroes: "I Wish My Teacher Knew..." by Meera Jagannathan. I wanted to share this article with you.

As a new teacher at Doull Elementary School in Denver, Kyle Schwartz devised a simple way to get to know her third graders, many of whom came from underprivileged homes. She asked them to complete the sentence, "I wish my teacher knew..."

Their honest responses gave the teacher a glimpse into her struggles. "I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot," wrote one student. "I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad. He was deported to Mexico when I was three years old," wrote another.

One note that particularly stuck with Kyle was, "I wish my teacher knew I do not have pencils at home to do my homework."

That's the one she posted to Twitter in March with the caption "Reality Check" and the hashtag #1WishMyTeacherKnew. Over the next few month, tweets from eager teachers poured in.

"My students are silent as they write #1WishMyTeacherKnew letters to me," wrote a teacher from Australia. "I'm nervous to read them."

Other professionals followed suit. Vice Adm. William Lee of the U.S. Coast Guard held an "I wish my admiral knew..." session. A counselor of adolescents in Tennessee tried "I wish my therapist knew that diabetes..."

"The results have been shocking," says Kyle of the overwhelming response to her idea. "It speaks to the importance of giving other people a voice and really listening to them."

I hope this makes you think and question, "What is it my students wished I knew?" It makes me wonder what you wished we knew?

Have a great weekend,

Paige and Leanne

What a Fun Night at the Heritage High School Football Game!

Please keep Laura Titsworth in your thoughts and prayers. She is on hospital bed rest until the baby arrives!

Special Shout Outs

  • Shout OUT to our Scott staff! The following email came from a mom this week. "It is hard for Clayton to make true friends due to his speech and social issues, but he is so happy to go to school and see his buddies. As a mom, I am so thankful for this school and the programs offered for our kids. God bless you, teachers, and staff for making my child feel wanted." Tina Iburg
  • Mini Pack Shout Out Dayna Coleman! She had to step up and teach PE on Wednesday! Apparently, Dayna has also been helping out in kindergarten since Laura Titsworth has been out also! GO Dayna!! We could get used to this!
  • A Big Howl to your flexibility and cooperation with the daily stresses and changes.
  • Way to go to Sabrina! We appreciate you always going above and beyond.
  • A BIG HOWL Kindergarten for helping out in Mrs. T's unexpected and early absence.
  • A Big Mini Pack Shout Out 5th grade and everyone that went to help out at Pine Cove!
  • Thank you for all the hard work to get ready for parent conferences.
  • Shout out to the Wakeland Band for being named the 2015 BOA AAA Class Champions at the Arlington Regional Competition. So Impressive!!

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