A part of the inner workings of Meriwether Lewis that most of our community does not see are the little surprises the adults who work leave for each other. Sometimes it's a treat in a mailbox. Other times, it's a choice meme left on someone's desk. As we began school this year, one teacher fairy posted this in our faculty restroom.
First, the obvious - yes, we are not above using the faculty restroom as a place to lift other's spirits. Second, this is a great reminder of our focus for the year. Over the past couple of years, our improvement as a school was centered on helping individual students meet individual goals. Don't worry, we will not be losing this focus! Our next step, however, is to ask ourselves, "How can we create classroom communities where students are invested in each other's individual goals and growth?" As the year progresses, we should hear students talk about not only how they are working towards their own goals, but also how they are helping others accomplish theirs as well. This is at the heart of our theme: From Me to We.
To accomplish this, we have already shared our school rules for the year:
- Be Respectful.
- Be Responsible
- Be Ready to Learn
Classrooms are busily discussing what these rules look and sound like as they work together as a unit, supporting, not competing with, each other. We have also begun studying what it means to be a good collaborator. In the near future, we will be examining how we all can be working on mastering the same academic standard, just on different levels of complexity depending on our current level of understanding.
And I can think of no team better poised to help us accomplish this charge for the year. By team, I mean not only the educators in the picture below, I also mean you. MLES is blessed to have a remarkably supportive community and I know we all come together as we move From Me to We. I hope you all have a great 2019-2020!
Michael Irani, Ed.D.
Principal of Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia.