2019-20 School Year
Chapter 41: A Video Message From Me
June 12, 2020
For the final reflection of the 2019-20 school year, I wanted to do something a little more personal. Read more...
Chapter 40: Honoring Our Retirees
June 11, 2020
Today's note of gratitude is a video tribute to our amazing retirees. Read more...
Chapter 39: When Given from the Heart
June 10, 2020
Today, I'm sharing two brief notes of gratitude from your fellow SHHS team members. Read more...
Chapter 38: #Sheroes
June 8, 2020
Together, we've experienced the full kaleidoscope of human emotion over the last three months, but this week, one emotion in particular rises above the rest for me—gratitude. Read more...
Chapter 37: Houses Burnt and Built
June 5, 2020
They say necessity is the mother of invention. I say: hardship is the mother of progress. Read more...
Chapter 36: A Tug from Above
June 4, 2020
Today's reflection includes one of my favorite quotes of all time and the lyrics from one of my favorite songs. Read more...
Chapter 35: Looking Inward
June 2, 2020
I've seen a lot of tragedy and shared a lot of pain with others throughout my career, but this week has been one of the hardest. Read more...
Chapter 34: Your Proverbial Oxygen Mask
May 29, 2020
Do you remember when we used to fly those things called "airplanes" in the time before COVID-19? Read more...
Chapter 33: CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
May 22, 2020
Okay, I'll admit that calling today's chapter "CLASSIFIED INFORMATION" could be a tad misleading, but it is technically accurate. Read more...
Chapter 32: Let's Calendar Some Happiness
May 21, 2020
Today, I'm sharing some upcoming opportunities that promote mental and physical well-being, so you can add them to your calendar or share with others. Read more...
Chapter 31: Dreaming of Tomorrow's Colors
May 19, 2020
They say a picture is worth a thousand words—so, today, I'm sharing a few pictures of the artwork I've created during this shutdown. Read more...
Chapter 30: Look for the Helpers
May 14, 2020
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" - Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers). Read more...
Chapter 29: The Hollow of Her Hand
May 8, 2020
Today, I am sharing an intensely personal reflection with deep significance for me. Read more...
Chapter 28: Same Boat, Different Decks
May 7, 2020
In a recent meeting, an SHHS leader wisely observed: "This crisis is impacting each of us differently. It's like we're in the same storm, but in different boats." Read more...
Chapter 27: Yes, These Are the Frontlines
May 6, 2020
I believe that copper (the 29th element on the Periodic Table) must be an extrovert. Read more...
Chapter 26: "I've Been Waiting for Your Call"
May 5, 2020
Sometimes, all it takes to save a life is: two sweaters, a baseball glove, a Coke, and a stack of books. Read more...
Chapter 25: A Poem from Home
May 4, 2020
I love it when people innovate, make things their own, and show us new ways to approach the work. Today's 2020 Reflection is in a format we haven't seen yet: a poem. Read more...
Chapter 24: One Grass-Blade at a Time
April 30, 2020
The art of "theater" is often symbolized by two masks: one smiling, one frowning. Read more...
Chapter 23: Tracing the Canvass with Numbers
April 29, 2020
There are approximately 170,000 words used in the English language today. This repertoire of words is not big enough, no matter how creatively those words are deployed, to convey the full scope of this pandemic. Read more...
Chapter 22: A Gift of Beauty and Burritos
April 27, 2020
This week, we will pass the halfway point between March 16, when the school closure began, and June 12, the last scheduled day of instruction. Read more...
Chapter 21: Thank You for "Resiliencing"
April 24, 2020
Thank you for "resiliencing" through another week! (I know that word doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but it seems fitting and I feel like we’ve earned the right to use it). Read more...
Chapter 20: Happy Administrative Professionals' Day!
April 22, 2020
Our daily messages have been focusing on resiliency, community efficacy, and the wonderful people in our lives who give us the strength to keep going. Today I want to celebrate, acknowledge, and thank with all my heart our administrative professionals, who embody the concept of community efficacy like no other. Read more...
Chapter 19: "Sí Se Puede" Through Megaphones
April 20, 2020
Good afternoon and happy Monday! This week I will continue to focus on the theme of resilience. The foundation of our work—particularly now—is developing and sharing strategies to cope in times of crisis. Read more...
Chapter 18: Reflections in a Time of Isolation
April 17, 2020
Thank you for the many beautiful and deeply personal reflections you have been sending me around the theme of resilience. I remain so in awe of this team, not just because of the unsurpassed level of service you provide to our families, but because of the people you are—wise, strong, piercingly insightful, talented, patient, and boundlessly compassionate. Read more...
Chapter 17: The Resilient Child
April 15, 2020
Continuing with this week's theme of resiliency, I am sharing today a beautiful note from Eileen Mitchell, Nursing Specialist for Special Education and Local District Northwest. In it, she talks about the incredible resilience her parents demonstrated to overcome childhood obstacles. Read more...