Let’s consider the relationship between desire and risk, quitting and change. Have you ever quit something within a year and regretted it? Did you quit because you didn’t have enough patience? How come you didn’t stick it out one more day? Sometimes people quit just as they are about to achieve the outcome they want. People who win go the extra mile, take the extra step, take that calculated risk. There is a direct correlation between risk and success. How can we grow if we don’t take risks? Our faculty is going the extra mile!
When I first began as Superintendent, I can’t begin to tell you how many times I was frustrated with all aspects of the “seat” and wanted to “throw in the towel.” My desire is tested every day with people telling me, “You’ll never get the changes you want up there,” “those kids can’t do it!” My determination has been challenged by the media and by many people from stakeholders to outsiders. Desire comes from within and I have a strong desire to succeed for student achievement, despite the obstacles. Without desire, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to establish the determination to succeed.
We need to be flexible. Flexibility is one of the most important keys to maintaining our determination and leading our students to becoming productive members of society. Staying with realistic goals that can be attained with perseverance is the objective of “NO EXCUSE!” living. Some people quit and never get the “prize!” They may live with regret. Some keep going until they win. Grab hold of a dream and go for it! Our Community dreams for our children!
I believe in our determination to re-do, re-organize and re-build a new capsule for our teachers to deliver quality instruction that digs deep and allows our students to produce quality work.
On Monday November 10, 2014 there will be a Superintendent's Day so that our administration and faculty can work on building a new template that allows time for science labs, 90 minute reading blocks, co-teaching and intervention blocks so that every student is offered opportunity and access and has a built in safety net. This professional development day will allow our professional learning community to grow and prosper. It’s ok to be uncomfortable and make changes it’s not ok to stay status quo!
I want to thank all of you for making our school district the focus of the community! A diploma is an ATM card for life!!
As always please feel free to call me anytime for any reason. We will make this work for every student, I offer NO EXCUSE!
Lastly, if you would like to come and run through your child's schedule, please feel free to contact us at anytime.
Whitehall Central School District
518-499-1772 - Phone
518-499-1759 - Fax
Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday November 20 & 21 2014. Elementary students will be in session for half days on those dates and will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Lunch will not be served at the elementary school on conference days. Parents please look for letters being sent home with students with your scheduled date and time for conferences as well as contact information should you have questions or concerns regarding your scheduled time.
Thursday December 4th
A great time to do some holiday shopping!
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at the Elementary School
December 1st - 5th
Students will come at during their scheduled times.
Attention 7th Grade Parents
The 7th Grade is having a class meeting after school,
Friday, the 21st.