October 22, 2018Posted by Heidi Berry on 10/22/2018 1:25:00 PM
Happy Monday all! Just a short update from last week, and my usual preview of this week. I have been told I need a flashier title for this e-mail, but that was from a friend who got his Superintendent’s Certificate with me and hasn’t gotten a job yet, so I consider that input moot.
We had a sparsely attended board meeting last Monday, but that is OK. The board is about to do some heavy lifting in December and January when we take all of the results from the SWOT Analyses and we start peeling away the layers to determine our long-term vision and goals. Last week was a busy week for that work, as we went to the Middle School on Wednesday, and I took the School Board through that Friday. I must say that I have used this process often and the middle school staff was as engaged as any school or department I have ever facilitated, so nice work! During my meeting at WSU-TC Friday, I was surprised to find out that we have not had student teachers from WSU in quite some time. That came from them, so if anyone has a different recollection let me know.
This week we have a lot going on and I told my wife not to expect me for dinner much. I will be leaving for Seattle today after school, but hopefully many staff will come out for the first high school concert Monday night. I am not pleased to be gone, but I will be attending an Early Career Superintendent’s Academy on Tuesday in Seattle. It was limited to 35 participants, so I feel fortunate to have been chosen. There is Senior Night for football Friday, as well as the middle school concert on Thursday. I can’t make the flight back early enough to get to soccer or volleyball tomorrow, but any support would be appreciated. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you, and don’t hesitate to call me at ext. 2001 or my cell at 308-5052. Have a great rest of the week!
October 12, 2018Posted by Heidi Berry on 10/17/2018 9:35:00 AM
Another great week to be in Ki-Be! I just want to update you on a few items of interest and get some things out for next week. First, I appreciate the staff at both ECEAP and the Middle School for allowing board members and I into their classes today for walk-throughs. We obviously couldn’t hit everyone in two hours, and I know that a few extra adults wandering does get the attention of the kids while you are trying to teach, but the classes we saw all responded in an outstanding manner. Great things are happening in our schools! The board appreciates it, as do I.
The district Discipline Committee met for the second time and I believe we are engaging in some outstanding work. One of my priorities has been to move towards aligning systems and having common expectations of our work. While the law changes will impact us in student discipline, it will not hamstring us. We just have to be creative and create processes that are straight forward, meet the standards for due process, and meet the needs of both staff and students. The Special Education Committee will begin next Tuesday, and I am looking forward to those discussions as well.
The freezer work that has been inconveniencing the MS/Elementary with cones and cordoned off areas will hopefully be done by Friday the 19th. The new LED flashing lights have been installed at street crossings and Dan is working to confirm that they are flashing with the correct schedule. I also appreciate everyone once again rolling with the punches when the power was turned off on Wednesday and the servers went down. Despite assurances that we would have a generator involved, it didn’t happen. I have not seen Dan mad, but he was not happy about that situation to say the least.
Next week, we will have a board meeting on Monday evening continuing some policy updates and approving some hires. Wednesday I will be at the middle school staff meeting to take the staff through our SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis. We were at the high school last Wednesday and got some great results. I am also taking the board through that process on Friday during a work session. On Thursday, we will be conducting walk-throughs of our bilingual classes with Jennifer Cowgill from the ESD. I end the week on Friday afternoon with a College of Education Advisory Board meeting at WSU-TC. On the Labor and Management front, we will meet with secretaries Monday at 3:00 PM and PSE on Wednesday at 4:30 PM. As a former building rep and negotiator at Pasco High back in the 90’s, I really do enjoy that L&M work.