Monday, August 6, 2018

Year of the Climber

This is the year of the climber because it fits so well with our mission and earnest desire to see if every student and adult involved in their learning continue to "climb" improve, grow, achieve and fulfill our goals and dreams!

Our District Mission:

We are improvement driven - Mind, Character, and Body

We focus on the characteristics of the climber who is fearless, committed, focused, determined, constant, confident, ascending, brave, goal oriented, driven, striving, moving, confident, dedicated, etc.  (See word cloud created by our admin team below).

This metaphor makes so much sense to all of us when it comes to achieving BHAG's (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) as described by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great.  What people see as impossible to achieve, climbers see reaching a goal as one step at a time.  When students enter our preschool or kindergarten, the top of the mountain in 12th grade to be college and career ready may look impossible especially if those students are not school ready.

How do prepare every student to be skillful readers, writers, thinkers and citizens who can lead and achieve in an ever changing and challenging world?  We do this by setting and tracking goals one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at at time, one quiz at a time, one test at a time, one report at a time, one year at a time!

The definition of a Climber put together from Dictionary.Com (2010) is someone who to ascends or rises; someone who rises slowly by or as if by continued effort.

This is how we ascend and rise as professionals and motivators and encouragers who ascend and rise on a constant, consistent, determined and focused basis.  We succeed if we stay focused and determined if we do not quit!

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” 
Barry Finlay

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