Sunday, September 20, 2015

Field Day 2015

Field Day 2015 was a HUGE success! Thank you to all our staff, parent, and student volunteers for making the day safe, fun filled, and enjoyable for all!

Substitute Teachers Love Blue Heron!

We all love Blue Heron because we have the best students in Jeffco. Sometimes, it's nice to hear how much visitors to our school love us, too. Andrew Schilling, PE teacher extraordinaire, had a substitute teacher recently and she stopped me in the hallway to let me know how much she loved subbing at our school. I asked her if she'd be willing to express those feelings in writing and here's what she said:

I’m proud to have been a longtime elementary physical educator in Jeffco. I’m always happy to sub at a GREAT elementary school--Blue Heron! The staff and students, secretaries and principal are wonderful! Students are well disciplined and so much fun to teach. The school environment is positive and conducive to students’ discipline and student learning! This school is a five star school!

Marty Loschen
Retired Elementary PE Teacher

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Educator's Impact

One of the most influential educators in my life, Dr. Thomas Sobol, passed away this week. Tom was a Superintendent of Schools in the suburbs of New York City, a former New York State Commissioner of Education, and a chaired professor in the department of Organization & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Tom taught a course on ethics and education law at Teachers College, Columbia University when I attended and he was also the commencement speaker for my graduating class. During that convocation he said, “Becoming moral in my view is the opposite of restraint and detachment. It requires passionate engagement with other humans, stepping into all of life's confusion and heartbreak and messiness, and losing one's self in something larger than one's self before the self can be defined."

In his courses, Tom talked about defining moments and how they serve as opportunities to shape us, to help us reflect and take a stand. Teachers College’s current president, Susan Fuhrman, in her letter to students and alumni last week, wrote “Tom's own defining moment came these past several years, as he endured, with remarkable dignity and grace, a paralyzing illness that confined him to his bed. Aided at every turn by his loyal and indefatigable wife, Harriet, he typed, with one finger, his memoir, My Life In School, which chronicled his path from a tough Boston neighborhood to Harvard and beyond.”

Tom was much loved and left a lasting, positive impact on thousands of children and educators. He will be deeply missed.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Our Students SOAR during Assemblies!

On Wednesday, September 2nd, all 471 students and about 40 staff members filled our gymnasium for our first school-wide assembly of the year. Students got pumped up for the PTA fundraiser (money is to be turned in to PTA on September 16th). The best part of the whole assembly, in my humble opinion, was to lead the silent dismissal of each grade level out of the gym. We could not be more proud of our Aviators, all of whom displayed excellent SOAR behavior during the assembly, and perhaps most notably as they silently exited our gym and continued their single file, silent walk through the hallways and back to their classrooms. Way to go Aviators! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome to Blue Heron!

Dear Families,

Welcome to our website redesign! Williams' Words is a place where I intend to share the everyday happenings and joys that I have the privilege of experiencing as the principal at Blue Heron. 

Last week, Jamey Zurcher, mom and PTA garden lead, helped students harvest some of our ripe veggies from the garden. This week, kindergarten teachers were taste testing tomatoes with their students. We are lucky to have such abundance at the school!