Advanced Copy of June/July Northview News Superintendent Letter

June19, 2015

Good Afternoon,

As you have come to expect, here is an advanced copy of my Superintendent letter that is found in the monthly Northview News.  I have sent 63 advanced copies over the last six years.  As always, feel free to share this with those in your circles of influence.  They trust you and look to you to tell them the “important stuff” about Northview and public schools.

This is my final message to you as Superintendent of Schools.  I encourage you to welcome and support Dr. Scott Korpak as our new Superintendent.  Look for his opening letter in the June/July edition of Northview News.

Sincerely and With Great Respect,

Mike

Northview News June 2015

Dear Families, Community Members, Staff, and Students,

Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, states “we are surrounded by good people who are always there for us, who can be relied upon in small and large important ways.  People who teach us, bless us, enrich us, support us, and uplift us.  We often forget to tell them.”

My final message to you as Superintendent of the Northview Public Schools is driven by the small and large important ways that you are relied upon by our students, staff, community members, and how I have relied on you over the past six years. You are living proof of why I have hope in and confidence in our public schools and our ability to continuously improve the quality of life for our community.

I have confidence that our public school system is producing young women and men who will be quality replacements for the leaders in our community.  Thanks to each of you, I am confident Northview is producing competent, caring individuals who have integrity and operate from a base of ethical values.

You have made your core values public at every opportunity.  Our students have modeled the values you care deeply about.  Here are just a few that you have helped me remember during our time together:

  • Families, no matter how you define family, are the most powerful influences in a person’s life.
  • All individuals have value.
  • Diversity enriches a community.
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Practice the appreciation of “simple elegance” – look for the beauty and humor of daily life.
  • Never give up.
  • “Gentle pressure relentlessly applied” (Steve Crandall, 1990) – be kind, yet persistent as an advocate.
  • You can only control your own behavior – choose to stay on the high road.
  • Encourage the heart.It brings out the passion of individuals.

Two years ago, I met a kindergarten student who constantly reminds me of perhaps the most meaningful core value – “remember the important stuff” (Travis V., 2013).  Well, Travis, the “important stuff” for me is and always has been answering the question, “Is it best for the children of the community?”

Thank you Northview students, staff, families, and community members for allowing me to be a part of a community that has a strong emotional and spiritual relationship with its schools.  You always remember “the important stuff.”

Sincerely and With Great Respect,

Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent

Northview Public Schools

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