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Well…. welcome back to school!  I have seen almost all of the staff in the last weeks.  I have also seen evidence in the school that all of them have returned safely from trips and family excursions to prepare our school!  Everyone has put in so much work to prepare our school for the welcoming of its students and KPS families!  There are a few preparations we are still waiting on (shelves, some furniture, etc.).  Thanks for everyone’s’ patience.
We may have over 540 students registered for school this academic season!  If we realize this population there could be some change to our registers.  Any changes to class lists and structures will wait until reorganization day (Sept. 19th).  We will look to maintain as much as we can when a possible reorg. is on the table.  I will keep you as up to date as I can.
With so much to prepare and do for the first day of school Vice Principal Winney and I want to take one thing off the teachers’ plates (well actually put it on their plate).  Staff need not pack a lunch on the first day as we are happy to provide all staff with a Subway lunch.  We will have subs and all the fixin’s ready for your first break through second break.  We offer staff this lunch in recognition of a great start up, their hard work in preparations and in celebration of another amazing year at KPS.
First week events are limited.  It is always my intention to give staff the time they need with our students, get to know our groups and to begin our timetable right away. Staff are asked to communicate with each other if you would like to alter the schedule slightly on day one. We get right into the timetable so we can trouble shoot any issues heading into reorg. day. Our students know who their teachers are and where their classrooms are. Some may have forgotten.  Please make the time to circulate on the playground starting at 8:50 am on Day one, classlist in hand just in case.  Welcoming our families and students on the playground is always a great way to start the year.  Those teachers without homerooms can circulate as classes begin and make sure every single student feels welcome and part of our amazing school (especially our newest faces).
Over the summer I did some thinking.  I share these next few lines with you in an effort to put on paper a few of my key beliefs as your lead learner:
  1. The most important thing is to be kind.
  2. Collaborative, supportive and positive school culture depends solely on the bonds of interrelational trust within and among all stakeholders.
  3. Learning depends on opportunities to think, do, assess and repeat.
  4. Our primary purpose as an organization is to provide learning opportunities for all.
  5. Learners at KPS will leave each day better prepared, happier and more confident than when they came.
  6. We will learn about, from and with each other every day.
  7. The way we treat each other and our students is the way our students will treat each other.

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    McKena, Zoe and Gavin in back to school garb and pose wish you a great day one!

Welcome Back to Kingsville Public School Everyone. . .
A Rich History,
A Bright Future,
Leading, Learning, Now.
James.

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A member of my PLN asked today for her PLN to respond to this:

@AdmiMom PLN ~ What is your favorite motivational quote?

By far, By far it is this lovely little mantra by George Bernard Shaw,

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege – my *privilege* to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 – 1950)

This is how I strive to live my life.  Thanks George.

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Dear School Community Parents and Families, 

It is a pleasure to welcome you all to the 2009-2010 academic school year. As the Principal Learner and the school administrative leader I would like to express my enthusiasm and expectations for a successful and rewarding year. For starters let me introduce myself. My name is Cowpernicus and I am the new Principal of CommunityPublic School. This is my seventh year as a school administrator with the District School Board and I am extremely excited to be joining this team of professional educators at Community School. The warm and enthusiastic welcome to Community indicated to me that the learners in our community care about people, relationships and the role that education plays in our lives. 

After our first full week of school I would like to share with you some of my thoughts about this wonderful learning community. 

  • We have an incredible, Cultural community with many world wide identities. This cultural experience makes Community a unique and exciting school.  
  • Students, Parents, Educators and volunteers are very kind and know what it means to help each other. 
  • The academic nature of our building is such that student achievement is at the fore front of what we all do every day. 
  • Students are excited to learn new things as are all the teachers in this building! 

It is clear to me that there is a rich tradition of greatness at Community School. I intend, as your school Principal, to continue the good work done by all the Principal’s before me in making Community a school where students and educators exercise their potential for greatness every day. As a start to the school year the teachers were asked to identify with a catchy slogan that would get us off in the right direction. We are asking our entire learning community to “Get On The Bus. . .We Are Changing the World.” Watch for this motto on our staff shirts. Help us by letting your students know that each day they get up they help make the world a great place!

I hope to meet all of you on Wednesday, September 23rd at our Community Family Barbeque.

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It is my intent to include reflections on my beliefs during 192 instructional days as an elementary school Principal.  I have officially already included 3.  In an early post I discussed my belief in knowing your learners, the importance of data and my trust in my administrative partner.  Today I addressed the faculty and student body and shared two strong beliefs with them.

4.  The most important thing is to be kind.

5.  We exercise our potential for greatness every day.

I then pitched our new school slogan to the students and asked them if they wanted to:  “Get On The Bus. . . We’re Changing the World!”

The crowd went bananas! 

I think they are with me.

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I am verbose in person.  I know this.  I talk a tonne.  I have been told that I am an eloquent speaker…..people are just being polite.  They are all very kind to me.  I am learning to temper my loquaciousness with solid and profound listening.  My trick?  A 6 1/2 dollar journal from Franklin Covey.  Today I watched as my more than proficient partner delivered a professional learning session on the profile of our learners.  I wrote.  I spoke 4 times in 4 hours.  I was concise.  I asked 5 questions.  I wrote.  I think I’ve got this.  At the end of our session I was asked by the Vice Principal if I had anything to share. 

Come on…..of course I did.

I stated that I had something to share and they were all beliefs.  I prefaced these beliefs with the statement, “I have many when it comes to learning and teaching and the relationship between the two.  In order to keep our professional learning community working I will limit my belief statements and supply them in small doses.  Otherwise this will grind to a halt and you will probably throw something at me. I have three today.”

1.   I believe in the power of knowing your students and yes if you come to the office with a problem involving a student I will ask to see the child’s learning profile so that I can help support you in finding a way to reach them.

2.  I believe in the power of data analysis and we should all have up to date class data sheets at the ready.

3.  I believe in my partner, the vice principal.

We are off to a great start.  How do I know?  They all clapped and said “We do too.”  Congratulations M.R.  You were great.

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