As I stepped out this morning, it almost felt like spring.  While I know this will not last for long…probably a whole 24 hours, it does give us relief from what seemed like a very, very long month.  It seemed like in January it was hard to find a win…but through those struggles we can find several now.

Illness rates including those from Covid-19 positive test results were one of our greatest challenges.  Last week the elementary school returned to a more normal illness rate for students and the high school appears to be starting to follow suit.  We are still having challenges as illness works its way through staff, but to date due to a huge commitment on the part of our staff we are managing to make it work.  Thank you to everyone.

Weather also posed a challenge to the month of January.  We can only hope that the most brutal of temperatures are in our past.  We are to have several inches of snow over the next few days, yet, for us at this time, it is not predicted to have a high degree of impact.  Please continue to monitor weather closely over the next month to ensure that your students are properly dressed and prepared for whatever Old Man Winter may decide to throw at us.

Long ago a mentor of mine said there are three things that drive schools and take-up a significant amount of a superintendent’s time: beans, balls and buses. As we all know buses have limited impact in the management of this district and we also know that finances take up a lot of time.  Sports as the balls of the triad have been playing a larger role in conversations that I have been holding.  Particularly those related to sportsmanship. 

While as adults we often get caught up in the emotion of our child’s experience and our personal passions for our child and the sport, we also lose sight of the purpose of school sports and activities.  School activities are intended to bring a greater purpose to school, to develop skills in teamwork, resiliency, and sportsmanship.  Kids model those who they look up to. 

When they see us being disrespectful towards others who are both on the court facilitating an event or off of the court in the stands they come to believe it is “OK” and if it can be done on our fields, our court and our stages why then can’t it be done during the school day, at home and in the community.

I ask you please to consider this as we move to the end of our winter sports.  As a spectator you have one of the most critical jobs in the arena; to exemplify the greatest of Falcon Pride.  Be positive.. always be positive, be a good role model, and always treat all others with respect.  We become what we see, we are known for what others see from us…

Happy February!

 Lisa Beames