Happy New Year!
I trust you had an enjoyable break and are eager to continue to make our schools not only a good place for students to learn but also a good place for us to work.
Recently I received several interesting articles from one of our colleagues. They emphasized the importance of sustaining a positive school morale which is essential for academic improvement for students and for the welfare of all of us. Therefore, despite the Governor’s rhetoric on education, we need to be optimistic that the answers to improving schools will come from us -- not from Albany. One factor which we know works is to create a positive school environment. That can be achieved by creating good morale, which is not only the work of our leaders but of all of us. We need to eliminate the rumors and myths that exist in schools and have open and clear communications on how we can help each other improve our craft.
Let’s not judge one another’s work, let’s help one another to feel good about the work we do. According to the literature, one key to impacting school morale is to let people know we appreciate them and the work they do every day. This establishment of respect for one another in all our schools will pay dividends for us and the families and children we serve.
I know that our parents and the Board of Education respect the work we do for the children of White Plains,
but do WE? Let’s work together to make 2015 a year of appreciation of one another and the work we do.
If each of you helps to do this, I guarantee we will be very happy with the outcome.
I look forward to seeing you in school.