Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Students Learning from Students

Our after school programs here at SLCSD are fantastic. Here is Lynn Redenbaugh, the director of the after school program at the elementary school, talking about a part of that program, math mentorship.

Just so happy to see so many of our students learning from each other!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cole Buchholz

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Cole Buchholz, a teacher and coach at Storm Lake High School, who passed away yesterday. The logo for the t-shirt to support his fight against his illness seems just as appropriate in his death, as his most generous life's example lives on inside all of us who came into contact with him.

I know I've used this quote when we've dealt with sad loss in our SLCSD family before, but it's always the first thing that comes to my mind:

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together..

there is something you must always remember.

You are braver than you believe,

stronger than you seem,

and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is,

even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”

--Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What Are You Afraid Of?

What if you were suddenly told that you are banned from using your cell phone at work? No phone calls, no Internet, no notepad, no calendar, no calculator - nothing. Put the phone away and don't let it be seen - ever.

There are schools that are still treating students like this. A multifunction learning device in your pocket that you are not allowed to touch at your institution of learning - ever. I am speechless.

I think Google illustrates my point in their salute to teachers today:

What are you afraid of?