Rachel McDonnell Home Instructional Coach

A Legend tells of a man who used to carry water everyday to his villages, using two pitchers tied on either end of a piece of wood, which be placed on his shoulders.  One of the pitchers was older than the other and was full of small cracks; every time the man came back along the path to this house, half of the water was lost. 

For two years, the man made the same journey.  The younger pitcher was always very proud of the way it did its work ans was sure that it was up to the task for which it had been created, while the other pitcher was mortally ashamed that it could carry out only half its task, even though it knew that the cracks were the result of long years of work.

So ashamed was the old pitchers that, one day, while the man was preparing to fill it up with water from the well, it decided to speak.  "I wish to apologize because, due to my age, you only manage to take home half the water you fill me with, and thus quench only half the thirst awaiting you in the house."  

The man smiled and said: "When you go back, be sure to take a careful look at the path." The pitcher did as the man asked and noticed many flowers and plants growing along one side of the path.  

"Do you see how much more beautiful nature is on your side of the road?  the man remarked.  "I knew you had crack, but I decided to take advantage of them.  I sowed vegetables and flowers there, and you always watered them.  I've picked dozens of roses to decorate my house, and my children have had lettuce, cabbage and onions to eat.  If you were not the way you are, I could never have done this.  We all, at some points, grow old and acquire other qualities, and these can always be turned to good advantage."

Author Unknown                    

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What is a Surrogate Parent?         Surrogate Parent  

Federal and state laws and regulations give parents of children with disabilities the right to actively help shape and monitor their child's special education services and supports.  When students don't have their own parents or a legal guardian to represent them, superintendents must appoint a surrogate parent to represent them.

Who can be a Surrogate Parent?

Any individual who has no conflict of interest, who has been appointed by a superintendent and has completed the Surrogate Parent Training Program. 

Who needs a Surrogate Parent?

Any student who has a disability that is the ward of the state or whose parents are unknown or unavailable or who has been determined by the school district superintendent to be in need of a surrogate parent.  THIS COULD BE YOU!!!! 



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Two Road Diverged in a wood and I-  
I took the one less traveled by and that has made all of the difference.  
                                        Robert Frost