Today was the first official day for teachers and support staff. Many had already been in their schools preparing for students who will start on Tuesday, September 7. We came together this morning at 8:00 a.m. in the Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center – “The Max” – to celebrate, review the Northview Vision and Mission, hear about goals for the 2010/11 school year, and honor new and long time employees. School Board Vice President, Alicia Keur and Trustee Mike Humble were present to greet staff.
Forty (40) year veteran teachers Mike Anderson, Max Colley, LouAnne Courtney, and Marilyn Stuart were recognized for their long dedication to Northview students and the community. Max, LouAnne, and Marilyn received the Golden School Bell Award and are the first inductees into the newly created “Wall of Fame” which will be housed in the Performing Arts Center.
Former School Board President (2001) Steve Crandall delivered the keynote address “Change Is the Constant.” Steve was on the school board when the community approved the last bond issue that brought in revenue to build the PAC. He shared with the staff that it is easier to lead a change than to follow a change. Steve’s past leadership on the school board and his willingness to be a part of our opening meeting is evidence of one of our beliefs in practice –“people working together toward a common goal can accomplish anything.” Steve and his wife Chris have two children who graduated from Northview.
I shared with staff how I explain Northview to others. We have students who face many at-risk factors in their lives and students who have every advantage a family can give. We have staff who “do whatever it takes.” Northview is:
We Are Northview. We Do Whatever It Takes to help students succeed.