I hope you are all well! I apologize for the tardiness of this week’s communication! Yesterday I had the Board of Educational Examiners monthly meeting, and by the time I got home I didn’t have enough time before we left for the game. In case you are wondering, that game was postponed to 3:00 this afternoon in Gladbrook. We were almost to Gladbrook last night around 6:30 when we heard of the lightning delay. We stuck around and thought we could get it in, but by 8:00 it was pretty evident that wasn’t going to happen.
This was a very busy week! For starters, since I was on vacation last week there was quite a bit to catch up on! BEDS reporting and certified enrollment took center stage for much of the week, and we have most of BEDS completed and ready for certification. Certified enrollment is going great as well, we have been able to quickly identify and resolve most of our errors. This next week we will be finishing that up in time for certification next Sunday.
Wednesday the administrative team, counselors, and instructional coaches joined me at Central Rivers AEA for a presentation by Manny Scott. If you have ever seen the movie ‘Freedom Writers‘ starring Hillary Swank and Patrick Dempsey, Manny Scott is one of the original freedom writers portrayed in the movie. He had an outstanding and inspirational message of how teachers can change lives and that we should strive to understand where our students come from and that not all of our youth have the same kind of upbringing that our own families do. It was also great to see Maureen Hanson, AEA Board Director at this meeting. As a board member, Maureen is instrumental in bringing these quality professional learning experiences to the Cedar Valley. Thanks, Maureen!
The photo I am sharing this week is from the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council which met on Tuesday. This is one of my favorite activities because it gives me the opportunity to interact directly with a group of high school students and hear their concerns. However, after the meeting, I remarked to Mr. Dieken that they didn’t have a lot of concerns to bring to the table, which he remarked, ‘I think they are just being polite’. What awesome kids we have!
Enjoy the weekend, we sure can use the rain! Tomorrow we’re going to try and head north to see how the leaves are doing!
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent