May 25, 2017 Dear Families, I first read the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne my junior year of high school in my AP English class. I distinctly remember the feeling of outrage I had over The Scarlet Letter. I remember at one point marching into the kitchen, slamming the book on the counter, and passionately expressing … Continue reading The Scarlett Letter, The Crucible, and Restorative Discipline
May 17, 2017 Dear Families, I find myself both in awe and in bewilderment over the fact that we have exactly 1.5 days left in this school year. As I reflect upon our year, I realize that many things went well. Students embraced the concept that they matter and their peer's matter. The leadership classes … Continue reading Nelson Mandela Said It Best…
May 12, 2017 Dear Families, Ever have one of those weeks that you can't remember what day it is? You find yourself one day off the entire week. I have been one day behind every day this week. I spent all morning thinking today was Thursday. Thus, my Wire post is one day late. My apologies. … Continue reading Wait, What Day is It?
May 4, 2017 Dear Families, This past weekend, I found myself alone in the house for the first time in years, literally. Saturday morning, I decided that I would watch Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith. I avoided it for months because I didn't want to cry. The opening scene shows Smith speaking to a room … Continue reading What is Your Why?
April 27, 2017 Dear Families, In a marathon, I am not sure which mile is worse. Mile one, when the runner realizes the undertaking ahead. Mile 17, when the runner realizes they have just under a half marathon still to complete. Or Mile 23, when the runner can't imagine taking one more step. May 19th … Continue reading Mile 23
April 20, 2017 Dear Families, Each week as I contemplate the topic for my Thursday Wire post, I consider many factors. I examine educational trends. I read articles on parenting teens. I reflect on my own journey as an educator and a parent. I contemplate what is relevant based on society and student culture. I … Continue reading Because of my Two Questions
April 13, 2017 Dear Families, As we begin our initial descent to the conclusion of the year, I find myself struggling to settle on a topic for this week's article. I could address the cliche that spring fever definitely fills the halls of the middle school. Students exhibit signs that their beloved summer break is … Continue reading The Mystery that is High School
April 6, 2017 Dear Families, This week's wire comes from another voice. It is one of my favorite baseball coaching analogies, likely ever. I believe that the message of speech is appropriate as we approach the conclusion of our year. Before a share it, I would like to draw your attention to the bottom of … Continue reading Don’t Lower the Bar to Reach It
March 30, 2017 Dear Families, As an English teacher, I taught my students to avoid cliches like the plague. But, in this case, I have no other words! WOW! Did time fly this year! I cannot believe that we begin the month of April on Saturday. This letter will contain an information download. My hope … Continue reading Buckle Your Seatbelt
March 23, 2017 Dear Families, I knew when Maddy was 2 weeks old, she would be my wanderer. She hated being swaddled. Any type of confinement, Out. Of. The. Question. My mom sat back in silent satisfaction as I stressed over the realization that she would seek adventure wherever she could find it. My mother's satisfaction stemmed … Continue reading Nobody Tells You This is the Goal