- 4th grade is learning about llamas and creating clay llamas.
- 3rd grade is learning about rainforest animals and painting.
- 1st grade is focusing on pizza fractions.
Just for the record, the puddle splash was an accident caused by looking over my shoulder not an intentional moment of joy. I have so much more to learn.
Thursdays With North
Travis, my life-coach, who is now filled with the learning of a first grade year, gave me some really good advice should I ever participate in a state wrestling tournament. As we stood on the sidewalk next to the drop-off area he informed me that he wouldn’t be seeing me the next day because he was headed to the youth wrestling state tournament. He was going as a spectator because he didn’t win enough matches to be in the finals.
“If you go to the state wresting match to just watch you get to stay all weekend and even stay in a hotel with a pool. If you go and wrestle you only get to stay until you lose a match and then you have to leave. Its better to stay the whole weekend.” I will consider that advice if I every get to the state finals in “walking in the rain and jumping in puddles” competition for those over age 60.
His excitement about the weekend was at a level just below the excitement of the kindergarten teachers. Last week they took their kids to the Downtown Market. The hands-on-learning about plants, eating healthy, and the pure joy of riding on a bus creating an experience that was good for each child. The PTO helped fund this learning.
Author Aaron Zeus was scheduled to be with students Thursday and Friday. Kids were really excited about meeting and talking with a “real author.” One 3rd grade girl, who has experienced some tough times adjusting to school, received an autograph, a picture, and a chance to read her story to Aaron. She told me that all would be framed.
As MSU Coach Tom Izzo said to his players this past weekend “two hours of work and 60 years of memories.”
Our teachers understand this comment and demonstrate it every day.
Meanwhile Back at East Oakview…..
I missed being with the staff and kids at East. I had to catch a plane to Atlanta for some Policy Governance training. All weekend I thought about how to interpret Board of Education policies in operational terms – what the policy looks like when it is being met in our schools – and how to make sure the important stuff is monitored.
See you at East this Thursday.
…… and Go Green, Go White!
Sincerely and With Great Respect,
Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent
Northview Public Schools