Thorn Bushes, Thistles, and Weeds

September 21, 2017 Dear Families, My reflections of late led to a place that suggests I need to reshare my daughter's academic journey with you. I, of course, obtained her permission. I share it not for sympathy. I share it not for any kind of recognition. It is, for me, a story of heartache and tears and … Continue reading Thorn Bushes, Thistles, and Weeds

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The Gamet of Growth

September 14, 2017 Dear Families, Webster's dictionary defines growth in many ways. One definition stands out to me, "progressive development." As I reflect on this definition, I find myself questioning whether or not all growth is progressive. Progressive maintains a positive connotation. Certainly, when data communicates that students are achieving academic milestones that growth is … Continue reading The Gamet of Growth

The Summer Slide…Why I Will NEVER, EVER Let my Kids Stop Learning

July 3, 2017 Dear Families, A word of caution. This post is not for the faint of heart. I might even suggest some will find my words offensive. Yet, as I mentioned early on last year, I will never shy away from challenging topics. When I was young, summer days basked in all the glory … Continue reading The Summer Slide…Why I Will NEVER, EVER Let my Kids Stop Learning

The Scarlett Letter, The Crucible, and Restorative Discipline

 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