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Thank a Teacher   posted on Apr 27, 2018
Mission, Vision, Values/Commitments   posted on Nov 14, 2016
School Year Calendar   posted on Sep 20, 2016
Helping Our Children Do Well In School   posted on Aug 29, 2016
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!   posted on Aug 16, 2016
Volunteers Make A Real Difference!   posted on Jun 30, 2016
We Appreciate Our Teachers!   posted on Apr 28, 2016
It is SAGE Time Again!   posted on Apr 01, 2016
What Motivates Students Today?   posted on Mar 11, 2016
Gifts to Give our Children   posted on Dec 09, 2015
Attitude of Graditude   posted on Nov 13, 2015
Student Safety   posted on Oct 13, 2015
Attendance Awareness Month   posted on Sep 03, 2015
Keeping Up With the Competition   posted on Jul 15, 2015
Avoiding the Summer Slide   posted on May 29, 2015
Making Every Dollar Count!   posted on Apr 14, 2015
State Legislature and Education   posted on Mar 06, 2015
ACT Testing - What's It All About?   posted on Feb 12, 2015
Attendance Matters!   posted on Jan 07, 2015
Teachers Make the Difference - Part 2   posted on Nov 07, 2014
Leadership Matters!   posted on Oct 08, 2014
Teachers Make the Difference!   posted on Sep 16, 2014
Helping Students Succeed in School   posted on Aug 14, 2014
A New Era Begins ...   posted on Jul 14, 2014
Future Challenges   posted on May 22, 2014
Selecting Administrators   posted on May 15, 2014
Common Core   posted on Mar 31, 2014
Student Groups - School Based or Not?   posted on Mar 21, 2014
Textbooks - Not Enough to Go Around?   posted on Mar 14, 2014
Legislative Priorities   posted on Mar 03, 2014
Course Selection for Secondary Students   posted on Feb 18, 2014
Important February Dates   posted on Feb 05, 2014
Student Safety - How You Can Help   posted on Jan 27, 2014
Tax Challenge   posted on Jan 21, 2014
2013 - A Year in Review   posted on Jan 02, 2014
2014 District Calendar Options   posted on Dec 20, 2013
School closure as a result of weather   posted on Dec 10, 2013
District Audit Report   posted on Nov 25, 2013
Bits and Pieces of News   posted on Oct 25, 2013
UCAS – Another Accountability System   posted on Oct 10, 2013
There is Good All Around   posted on Oct 04, 2013
Grading the Schools   posted on Sep 03, 2013
Last Minute Notes   posted on Aug 12, 2013
Potential Budget Crisis   posted on Jul 30, 2013
Transparency vs. Right to Privacy   posted on Jul 15, 2013
Student Attendance - A Key to Success   posted on Jul 11, 2013
Negotiated Agreements   posted on Jun 19, 2013
Changes During the Past Year   posted on Jun 17, 2013
As the Class of 2013 Departs   posted on May 28, 2013
Administrative Succession   posted on Mar 25, 2013
Concerns Regarding Student Behavior   posted on Mar 05, 2013
Local Scholarships   posted on Feb 27, 2013
District Comparisons   posted on Feb 21, 2013
Concealed Weapons - Arming Educators?   posted on Jan 24, 2013
Dual Immersion   posted on Jan 14, 2013
School Violence   posted on Jan 03, 2013
How Do our Schools Compare?   posted on Dec 17, 2012
Reflections on a Recent Trip to China   posted on Nov 26, 2012
Federal Funds in our District   posted on Nov 06, 2012
Make Your Last Year Count   posted on Oct 29, 2012
Construction over the Past Four Years   posted on Oct 17, 2012
What Should a Grade Represent?   posted on Oct 08, 2012
Things to be Excited About   posted on Sep 25, 2012
Grading Clarification   posted on Sep 12, 2012
Not All Criticism is True   posted on Aug 27, 2012
District Transportation   posted on Aug 13, 2012
School Lunch Prices 2012-2013   posted on Aug 06, 2012
Follow up - Taxes and Grading   posted on Jul 26, 2012
Setting Property Tax Rates   posted on Jul 20, 2012
Tax Increase   posted on Jul 19, 2012
“What Counts” – Class Size   posted on Jul 06, 2012
What Counts - Grading System Background   posted on Jun 07, 2012
What Counts   posted on May 10, 2012
Dual Immersion   posted on Apr 08, 2012
Effects of Promontory Charter School   posted on Mar 12, 2012
Emergency Plans in the District   posted on Feb 13, 2012
2012 Legislative Session   posted on Jan 27, 2012
Highlights of 2011   posted on Dec 22, 2011
Why Replace the School in Snowville   posted on Dec 05, 2011
Questions Regarding the Sale of Bonds   posted on Nov 07, 2011
What Test Scores Mean to Me   posted on Sep 20, 2011
Opportunities for Online Courses   posted on Aug 24, 2011
Will your child be ready for college?   posted on Aug 15, 2011
Bullying   posted on Jul 28, 2011
The Reality of No Child Left Behind   posted on May 02, 2011
School Fees at Elementary Schools   posted on Apr 27, 2011
Negotiations   posted on Apr 04, 2011
Recruitment of Certificated Staff   posted on Mar 21, 2011
Boundary Changes - North End of County   posted on Mar 04, 2011
Governor's Commission   posted on Feb 14, 2011
Boundary Changes   posted on Jan 18, 2011
Charter Schools   posted on Jan 13, 2011
Concurrent Enrollment   posted on Dec 21, 2010
The Common Core Curriculum   posted on Nov 05, 2010
Early Out Days   posted on Oct 12, 2010
Truth In Taxation   posted on Aug 31, 2010
SC Building Fund vs General Fund   posted on Jul 30, 2010

"SEE" the new 2018-19 School Year at Box Elder School District

Superintendent Tolman

Box Elder School District will start off the year with three new initiatives that have been crafted together into the acronym SEE.  The S stands for Strengthen Professional Learning Communities.  The first E stands for Expand Student Connections and the second E stands for Elevate Employee Appreciation.

None of the three initiatives are new, in fact these are things that we talk about and try to improve on all the time.  In last month’s Superintendent Corner I reported on what a Professional Learning Community is and how we are trying our best to improve our use of the Professional Learning Community concept to help improve the effectiveness of our teachers to help students learn.  As I stated last month a Professional Learning Community is a process, it is never a destination.  We are constantly learning how working together, sharing teaching techniques, talking about student data, and improving on our interventions helps improve student learning. 

The first E in our acronym SEE is all about connectedness.  There is a very old saying in education that I believe holds truer in today’s world that at any other time.  “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”.  Think back to your school days and list your favorite teachers.  I will bet that the things you think about when making that list have a lot to do with how that teacher made you feel.  How they let you know that they truly cared about you both personally and educationally.  The teacher or teachers you listed were genuine and sincere and truly were a person that you knew had your best interests at heart. In today’s world where there are more broken homes, more distance between close family relations, more emotional and mental issues with kids and adults we, as educators, know we may well be a young person’s best resource to feel connected to school and to this world in general.

In a national survey in high schools across America in urban, suburban, and rural high schools the results showed that as many as 40-60% of high school students did not feel connected to their school.  As many as half the kids did not have a connection. In numerous studies for many years now the results have shown that students involved in extracurricular activities have better GPAs and score better on national tests than do their counterparts who do not engage in extracurricular activities.  Being in the band or on the debate team, being in sports or participating in FFA or any of the many things that are available will help a student be more connected to their school and in turn help them in their desire to learn and succeed.  It is our job to help kids feel connected.  Not all circumstances allow students to participate in extracurricular activities so it is our job as school employees to help those kids feel connected also.  It can start on the school bus with a great bus driver who makes connections with kids.  A caring custodian, or food service worker that knows the importance of making connections can have an impact on a young person and help them have a smile on their face and know someone cares.  We are making a strong commitment to focus on this initiative this year and for years to come.  In our current world, there is a certain aspect of being somewhat mean and outspoken.  Students at school need to feel concern, connection, and yes even love to succeed and be successful.

The second E of our SEE initiative is to Expand Employee Appreciation. I think it obvious that our employees feeling good about themselves is key in sharing that feeling with the children they work with.  It would be downright foolish of us in leadership, in this district, to treat our employees poorly while asking them to treat the children with love and respect.  Once again back to my original question of who did you list on your favorites teacher list?  Certainly that teacher was happy and positive and excited about being to school each day.  It is our job to see to it that teachers have a positive workplace that they can feel safe and thrive in their efforts to help kids be successful.  In my past school district, Carbon School District in Price, Utah the Board President Wayne Wood Woodward would say all the time, “You’ve got to feed the teachers, or they will eat the kids”.   Now certainly he did not mean that in a literal sense but he knew in order to keep the students happy and thriving we needed a happy, productive and thriving workplace.  The Box Elder School District Board of Education has also taken this approach. Currently for a learning project, the Board Members read a chapter each month from the book APPRECIATE (Celebrating People Inspiring Greatness).  Then in board meeting they take a few minutes to share the ideas that really stuck out with them.  In the past year in our monthly principal meetings we studied and practiced techniques from the book the Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  This year in our principal meetings we are focusing on the book CULTERIZE (Every Student Every Day Whatever It Takes) by Jimmy Casa.   We are doing our very best, as leaders, to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

I want to share that sincerely we want all children to be successful, happy, contributing members of our society and we take that responsibility very seriously.  Thank you for your support and help us SEE Box Elder School District into a fantastic 2018-2019 school year.

Date posted : Aug 22, 2018.