Friday, August 6, 2010

One of the Most Successful Weeks of My Career

Planning for the past week made me nervous.  I'll admit it.  I get nervous sometimes.  Well...not really nervous...I don't know what the word is.  Is edgy different from nervous?  It was a control thing.  Teacher retreat on Monday...Junior Orientation on Tuesday...Senior Orientation on Wednesday...Open House on Thursday.  I desperately wanted everything to go well.  I wanted my teachers to say that they'd never been to a better teacher retreat ever.  Likewise for the students at the orientations and the parents at the open house.

I didn't hear any complaints (yet) so in the world of public education this is considered...

Of course, this is the last week of having "Friday off" so as you would expect, I'm getting ready to launch into WORK!  Must reconcile all of the college schedules with the high school schedules.  It would help if I truly understood what I'm doing.  I've got the high school scheduling part down pretty well...unfortunately our system does not interface with the college system so we have to do TWO schedules for each student.

Hank came to the open house for moral support. My goal for the evening, in addition to giving the parents a chance to meet our teachers, was to have each and every parent and child leave that auditorium knowing without a shadow of a doubt that they MATTER!  Even the challenging ones.  PARTICULARLY the challenging ones, because they've often lived years of thinking that they DON'T matter at the schools they attend.  It's a sin and a shame that any student, young or old, would feel that way.

I told my school community that with the exceptions of my family and my faith, NOTHING in this world matters more to me than the education and welfare of their children.  They can take that to the bank, and I expect them to call me on it if they ever feel like I'm not living up to my promise.

Did I mention that I have a DREAM TEAM staff?

OH...and the students chose their mascot....the TITAN!!!!
School Colors: Green and Black...we need to choose a nice shade of green.

Have a great weekend!


  1. It sounds like you did spectacular and it was fantastic that you had Hank's support. Keep up the great work {and get some R&R once in awhile, too!}


  2. Oh Belle, you are an amazing woman and one to be admired. Thank you for being such a great force in your community, the world needs more people like you!

    Take care!


  3. I know that you are an awesome principal. As a former teacher, I would have loved to work for you. I know you make your teachers and students feel so special. Good luck with your new school. I hope you have a wonderful school year!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  4. Love your attitude. Love your heart. The staff and students and parents are all so lucky to have YOU.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Well, you had a great week, didn't you?
    All of your hard work is slowly paying off!
    It is refreshing to see educators who care as much as you and your staff and I hope this is a sign of an improvement in schools and teachers.
    We have been very lucky with our school system and the dedication they show but I know this is not true everywhere.
    Good luck to you this year!

  6. Glad to hear you had such a successful week! I know what you mean about being nervous or on edge. I'm the same way about the first few days of school. Those days set the tone for the entire year, and I just want it to be perfect (or as close to it as I can get it!)

  7. Bless your heart. I'm thrilled that everything went well for y'all.
    I have that little feeling of melancholy knowing that this is my last weekend to "whoop it up" with the kiddos before everyone has their noses to the grind stone once again.
    Best wishes to ya dear.

  8. Sounds to me like a slam dunk! Kelly green and black. Titan. Great! One of my fave movies is Remember the Titans!! Have a great year. xoxo

  9. Sounds like a wonderful week! I can feel you beaming from here :) I just know that these kids are going to have a fantastic experience with you at the helm of their school. Congratulations on such a great start! Kat (btw, you wouldn't need an asst. band director would you LOL)

  10. Congratulations! That's a huge success. I've enjoyed following your career. You seem like an excellent role model for young working women on how to have and do it all! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  11. So glad everything went well. Enjoy your last few days before all of the fun begins! And yes, you do have to pick a nice shade of green!

  12. Great job and good luck with the first week of school!

  13. I am so proud of you. Sounds wonderful and I look forward to hearing more. What a great principal you are!!!!!!

  14. So glad that the open house went well. I so admire your passion for the education and welfare of all ths students!! Our education system truly needs more of you!! Blessing on you in this new school year!



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