I have always been a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. I can remember as a young boy laying in my bed with my transistor radio under my pillow listening to Vin Scully paint a picture with words. When the sun went down, I could pick up the signal out of a station in Las Vegas. They say the team you love when you are six years old is the team you love for the rest of your life and that is true with me. I can remember their World Series in 1988 and Kurt Gibson’s pinch hit homer and double arm pumps as he rounded second base. Now, I am a fan of many teams and players but when push comes to shove, I still bleed Dodger blue. Some things just become a part of you and that is also how I feel about our school. As the “general manager” of this team, I am grateful that I can be a part of something extraordinary that is happening here.
Just like in the World Series, each year, our students get the chance to show how much they have learned over the past school year. With the coming of May, we have hit third base and are making the turn for home. The Smarter Balanced Assessment allows our students to step up to the plate and to swing for the fences. We have done a great deal each day to prepare our students for their opportunity. Each part of our six focus elements aim to build a school community centered on increasing student and school success. Just as a team is building all the players to be ready to perform on game days, we are working each day for our students to be able to step up to the plate and swing the bat on various summative assessments. I am excited for the chance that our students will be able to show the magnitude of their growth through this year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment. The coaches have done the work to prepare the team, now the students get a chance to show what they have learned.
I want to thank everyone who has helped to contribute to our team being able to perform. The students, teachers, counselors, para professionals, support staff, coaches, parents, grandparents, and guardians all serve a significant role in the work that happens to move learning forward every day at Jason Lee Middle School. I am excited to see how the team does this year. This is significant work to lead and I appreciate the joy it brings me every day. I often feel like I did back in 1988. On the edge of my seat, knowing the game is on the line, and waiting (not so patiently) on each pitch. My hope is that our students will come up with some clutch hits, a few homeruns, and a couple diving catches as our team strives to show our learning this year.
Do a great month!!!