Monday Message

12.21.15

Because we have a short week and we are in that final crawl to the finish line, I'm going to keep this week's Monday Message short. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my own "stuff" that I have to remind myself to practice what I preach: stop, breathe, reflect. It's hard to believe that when we get back from break we will be nearly finished with the first half of the school year. Time really does fly when you're having fun, and I'm not just saying that to be hokey. Being an educator is hard work, and there are certainly days on the 35 minute drive home when I go over some misstep in my head and think "Wow, you could have handled that a lot better, Dawkins." But, inevitably, a new day comes around, and I'm back here quickly being reminded that everything will be fine because of all of you. Thank you for bringing your best selves through our doors each day, even when life is overwhelming. Thank you for caring deeply about our students and their place in this crazy world. Thank you for not immediately writing off my hair-brained ideas in faculty meetings and in the hallways, and thank you for welcoming me into your classrooms with a smile, again, even when you don't feel like it. We do some of the most important work, as far as I'm concerned. I'm happy to be doing it alongside all of you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your time with family and friends, but first let's eat!
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Calendar (AKA Where Will Tim Be This Week?)

Monday, Dec. 14:

  • Smorgasbord!!
  • Reindeer Games, 2:15, Gym
  • BOE Meeting, 6:30 PM, Harrison Elementary School

Tuesday, Dec. 15:

  • Wear Your Pajamas to School Day!

Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Friday Jan. 1: NO SCHOOL!!!! Enjoy the break!

Other Important Upcoming Dates:

1/5- Faculty Meeting

1/8- Teen Town (Adjusted time for the rest of the year - 6:30 - 8:00 PM)

1/12-13- Planned Parenthood Presentations, 8th grade social studies classes

1/13- Restorative Justice in K-12 Schools Overview

1/14- Restorative Justice Facilitator Training

**If you're looking for me, don't forget to check the big calendar hanging on the wall outside of my office. This is the best I can do until someone forcibly implants a GPS device in my forearm.

#OneNewThing

Please keep sending me those new things you are trying. It's more important than ever during this crazy time of year to keep each other energized by sharing innovative things that are working for you!


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New Things We Have Tried This Year: Pear Deck, Google Classroom, Kahoot, Poll Everywhere, TodaysMeet, Piktochart, Smore, Storybird

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