First Official Day for Staff

posted Aug 31, 2010, 10:44 AM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2010, 10:49 AM ]

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:


  • James and Joseph, two elementary students who had never been to a book store before staff took them to The Reading Tree last year.
  • Connor, a student who needed a mentor and received a mentor who needed him just as much.
  • Michelle, Karl, and the High School Band Officers who promoted the naming of the PAC after Max Colley.
  • Ashley, the student who graduated last year without seeing a new bike rack placed behind the high school.
  • Bob Parks, the custodian who took locker room benches home to sand and varnish in time for the first football practice.
  • Mark Fargo, the grounds maintenance lead, who insured his summer work crew did whatever it took to get ready for the school year.
  • Sheridan Steelman, the teacher who used her prep time to buy the book “Hunger Games” because it helped an AP student find an interest in reading.


We Are Northview.  We Do Whatever It Takes to help students succeed.