Montana Catholic Schools Weekly
September 21, 2014
Can I Help You?
Over the years, school violence has unfortunately become more common. And fortunately we've improved our procedures and schools like St. Matt's and Holy Spirit have invested in new entrances and/or new cameras in order to keep our communities safe.
However, I think we can become too reliant on technology like cameras and locks and forget the most important step we can take to keep our schools safe AND welcoming. Every staff member should be trained to say, "Can I help you?" whenever they see a visitor. It's not someone else's job, it's all of our jobs. Parents and grandparents appreciate that we're looking out for the students and most often, they do need help.
Will you ever encounter an unwelcomed visitor? Perhaps. But more likely you'll spread the word that your school keeps its students safe. You're not sounding an intruder alert. You're welcoming people by asking to help. Welcoming and safe--two good goals for us to strive to for.
Dr. Tim Uhl
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Football is boring
George didn't care about the Great Falls Central Homecoming day.
Beautiful night in Boulder
Great setting for the Loyola Sacred Heart game Friday night
Got a bumper sticker?
This is the new rig. Want to add to the collection?
The Week Ahead
Tuesday: (Missoula) St. Joseph's Elementarymorning, MCS Admin meeting, Loyola Sacred Heart afternoon
Wednesday: (Great Falls) Marian make-up class 11-2:15
Thursday: (Great Falls) MFIS meeting
This week's travels: 580 miles
Last week's travels: 1,456 miles
This school year: 4,856 miles
St. Mary's (Livingston) is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, October 4th at their BASH.
St. Labre Elementary WCEA Accreditation visit Oct 5-8
Marian classes: Wed, Oct 15 in Billings 12-3; Oct 16 10-1 in Great Falls; Oct 17 9-noon in Missoula.
St. Andrew WCEA Accreditation visit Oct 19-22.
Regional principal meetings in November: Nov 18th (Missoula), Nov 19 (Great Falls), Nov 20 (Billings). More details to come.