Degan Elementary Eagle Eye
Avengers: Age of Degan--No Excuses!
I hope you have enjoyed your long weekend. I know mine was filled with my youngest child's band events, decorating for fall and switching out some planters with fall foliage. It was nice to feel that there was time just to slow down and soak in some special moments. Whether you took the weekend slow or crammed in as much as you could with an extra day, I hope it was everything you needed.
Thank you for such a powerful day of learning on Friday. I went into the day thinking it wasn't rather "plain", but I guess plain doesn't mean it can't be profound. Your conversations and insights into standards, writing, and cultural proficiency have been compelling, and I have enjoyed reading your reflections. If you have not completed your reflection google form yet, I have included the link below. For those of you in other locations, we missed you, and I hope your day was also beneficial.
I must give a huge shout out to our paras. They are the best of the best when it comes to making sure our "Degan Brand" is visible everywhere throughout the building. I come up with crazy ideas, and they make it happen. Making sure the message of "no excuses", grit, and growth mindset is constantly visible to our students is so important. This message wouldn't happen without them.
Hearing Dr. Rogers acknowledge Degan at the Central Zone Session was such a proud moment. I couldn't help but flashback to my first year and our conversations of standing out for the "right" reasons. I mentioned to Dennis that everyone else in the room probably had that "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha" scene playing in their head when they heard Dr. Rogers mention Degan. He said, "Vanessa, it's their time to shine." He is right, and you deserve every moment of recognition you get.
Thank you for making such a huge impact on the district. I see your footprints everywhere. Your ability to implement the ideas of studying the standards and concepts such of poverty while developing a strong culture has been noticed. I hope you know this is because you are an incredible group of educators who have established a strong system. Not a perfect system, but one comfortable with getting better every day. It doesn't matter how great the ideas may be if they aren't implemented well. Kudos to you. Recognition well-deserved.
I don't know about you, but I am still soaring on the words of Dr. Berry, "Walk in your purpose and collide with destiny." It is easy to get lost in the busy, day to day, tasks, but those details are just things that may help or hinder us in achieving our purpose. They are not our purpose. I hope that while you know that there will always be tasks, that you are able to keep your eyes on your true purpose--our students. It is always people first.
Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! Enjoy your day!
Parent Conferences Coming Soon!
Below are some great links as you are planning for conferences. Given our work with student goal setting, I thought the one about student-led conferences was interesting. Please let Kyle or I know if you are needing one of us to attend one of your conferences.
Week at a Glance
October 11th - No School/Fair Day
October 12th -PK PLC 8:30-11:30
October 13th - Staff Meeting
Sonic Fundraiser Night
October 14th - Think College Thursday--College Gear and Jeans/Flip Flops (Please advertise and encourage college shirts with students!
Data Meetings during Conferences
LHS Homecoming Parade
October 15th - Club Friday 3rd/1st
K-2 Math Screening
Design Team Meeting
PTA Meeting/3rd Grade Performance
Early Release/Parent Conferences
1st 9 weeks Ends
1st 9 week Math CBA 3rd-5th
2nd 9 weeks begins
Red Ribbon Week
SOAR/Take Flight counts due
Mad Science Night
Club Friday 5th/Kinder
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Writing Initiative Day
5oth Day of School 50's Day
Mr. Bonner to Visit
Club Friday 4th/2nd
Career and College Readiness Week
Data Meetings during Conference
Club Friday 3rd/1st
Bully Prevention Week
PTA Meeting/5th Grade Performance