A Call to Action for Our Students Let's Say Thank you!

This year, we are focusing on gratitude —gratitude for the work we do, for the people we work with and for the students we serve. We love reading the letters of thanks staff members sent to one another that we share through our staff newsletter. Saying thank you feels good. And, in turn, I believe that our work can become more meaningful when we feel appreciated.

With Thanksgiving approaching, my thoughts have again turned to giving thanks and all that we have to be thankful for. One thought that recurred time and again is how grateful I am for our students and how they inspire and motivate me to do my best. I suspect many of you also find inspiration in our students. They are the reason we show up every day and the reason we give this work all we’ve got. We know they are counting on us and we want to deliver.

A few weeks ago, Amity Creek Principal Andy Slavin shared an inspirational video with me. I think it’s a powerful example of gratitude and one I’d love to see us embrace.

Take a moment to watch it — I think it’ll make you smile.

In the coming month, I hope you’ll consider taking a moment to thank one of our students as the staff in this video did. You can reach out in a number of ways: Send a student a note. Tell the student in person. Or, if you’re feeling inspired, record the thank you using a cell phone or iPad and send it our way.

Next month, you’ll see my video.

As always, I am grateful for all that you do for our schools.


Shay Mikalson

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