My Thanks this Thanksgiving–A Letter to Staff

It seems impossible that this is the day before we take a well deserved break for the Thanksgiving holiday.  This year I do not have to look far to see and feel inspiration for the coming holiday.  I am so lucky and thankful to work with such a wonderful group of caring professionals and students.  In all of my twenty five years working here, I have never been so “touched” by the kindness and caring of both our staff and our students.  Your understanding and compassion during these past couple of months has been nothing short of amazing!  Even though it was very scary to watch and hold Molly (my sophomore daughter) during one of her spells, I never felt more comforted by that fact that I knew that both students and staff “had her back”.  I will never forget that her “drama family” worked so hard to make sure she was able play her role in the fall play. They planned right down to the details of what they would do to make the show go on if she were to have an episode during a performance.  I WAS COMPLETELY AMAZED at the lengths they went to. WOW!  I am sure that each of you in your own way did your part to make her feel comfortable enough to continue to come to school despite seizing several times a day.  When you say “I see you, I got you, I love you,” you really do mean it!  What a phenomenal place to work and send my children everyday!  Again, words cannot express my thanks to you all.  I think we have a handle on the cause of her issues now and she seems to be on the road to recovery!
This weeks stuff I read is short.  I am intrigued at using MOOC’s (you will have to read to understand what they are) to enhance student course offerings here at PHS.  Heather Seaton won the contest to get her article included in the “paper”  She correctly used the #phsread hash tag when she “tweeted” the link to her article about differentiation.  I will provide a special prize for her homeroom before Christmas break.  Please feel free to share interesting articles you find while browsing by using the #phsread hashtag on Twitter.  By the way, I still think Twitter is a great place to find and learn stuff…..
Yesterday I shared a lot of data with you via your Google Drive.  The 5Essentials data from the survey we took last spring is available for you to view there.  We will have a staff meeting on Monday, December 2, right after school and our main topic will be the surveys.
Thanks for all you do!

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