This is Us!

We recently had the privilege of presenting “This is Us!” at the 2019 Pioneer RESA Leadership Conference. During the presentation, Dr. Connie Franklin and David Leenman, along with school counselor Andrea Hutchins, shared a few of the strategies that have been successful for our school’s culture. The strategies […]

Looking Back to Go Forward

The number of tasks required of a school administrator before students and staff leave for the summer can be daunting. In my role as an assistant principal, I can be burdened during the months of April and May by state-mandated testing, staff evaluations, and personnel hiring while continuing […]

What Makes a Great Teacher?

Great teachers know their content.  They plan engaging lessons and value their students’ opinions. Mutual respect is visible in their classroom, and they are good listeners.  Great teachers are dependable, approachable, flexible and good communicators. They don’t give up on their students. They are enthusiastic  and passionate about […]

“Moving on Up”

Making the move from middle school to high school is overwhelming for students. Suddenly, teens are immersed in a new school culture with students from multiple middle schools, older students, a bigger building, higher expectations, challenging classes, and new social pressures. Transitioning students often struggle with the following […]

Courses and Culture

Have you ever contemplated why your students attend school? The reasons are countless! Some show up to see their friends; others to see teachers. But, have you ever considered just how much your course offerings can impact your students, their willingness to attend school, and their desire to […]