California Zephyr Train
When you sit on a train for over thirty straight hours cross country you have a lot of time to think. Time to look out the window and realize that you are indeed a very small part of the world. Yet, on the other hand in Education you get up each day thinking and knowing that you have a huge impact on all of the people and students that you come into contact with. My destination on that recent train ride was Winter Park, Colorado. There are many things that make Winter Park unique. It’s located at the base of the Continental Divide, it’s ownership and relationship to the City and County of Denver, it’s support of skiing education/recreation, and it’s massive amounts of snowfall each year.
While I was there I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gary DeFrange, President of Winter Park Resort. In the book, Winter Park Resort: 75 Years of Imagining More, Mr. DeFrange states, “There are so many things in the world that can and do change our lives. Our parents are the first influencers we experience and it continues from there with our own children, careers, friends, etc. But when I think of things that have consistently changed the lives of thousands of people I have to put Winter Park Resort on that list. We have all been part of a rich past and have created something that will enhance lives for many years to come.”
Any great team or organization will have the same effect on the people involved. Educators still have such a great calling and influence because we really are the second team of people to have an influence in a child’s life after their parents. Dotted across this nation from West Michigan to Winter Park, Colorado there are many tiny towns and big cities that have multiple educators doing just what we do each day. We do make a difference each day and it does matter. This last seven weeks of the school year is a wonderful, emotional, stressful, and beautiful time to celebrate with our students on how far we have come since September.
Monday April 13, 2015
Tuesday April 14, 2015
7:00 am School Improvement Meeting
M-Step Testing (5th, 8th Grades)
Wednesday April 15, 2015
8:00 am Parent Club Special Task Force Meeting
9:00 am Admin Meeting
M-Step Testing (5th, 8th Grades)
2:00 pm IEP Meeting
Thursday April 16, 2015
M-Step Testing (5th, 8th Grade)
Friday April 17, 2015
7:00 am Student/Parent Meeting
8:15 am 8th Grade Field Trip to Tigers Stadium
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