Our school could be unique.
Our school should shine.
When KOAM's Lisa Olligas visited us, this week, she mentioned me by name from the microphone, remembering reports about our class that she did a number of years back. It reminded me, as well, of a time when our school's positive publicity was more prevalent.
Later in the day, the Leadership Team (consisting of principals and teachers) met, and Principal Hennessey posed the following question:
What do we do well?
Why can't Cecil Floyd be the flagship of our district, we're not the newest, our building is not the most modern, and, honestly, we don't have the highest test scores, but with a little creative thought and elbow grease, we can create magical events and experiences for our students and their families.
I'm not talking about sending home a note to parents to announce that they can visit the school to read with their children. I'm not talking about families gathering for cookies and lemonade. I mean, let's create an event, an experience, a festival for families that they will remember. Let's create something so intriguing that makes them want to do it again.
We shouldn't wait for TV cameras to come to us. We do plenty of things in our classrooms that get students through the day. We feed off of those magical moments where we provide students with experiences they otherwise would not have - not because we want to be popular with little kids, but because we want to motivate them to learn and to improve.
My wish is for Cecil Floyd to be known for more than a spectacular once-a-year craft show. It is possible for us to be known for our family of children, our outreach to families, and our impact on the community.
With this attitude, we are special, we are unique, we shine, and we soar higher than the rest.