FROM THE DESK OF ANN M. CARDON…
January 13, 2017
January is here and we are excited to welcome the New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday break and enjoyed time with your families.
January is School Board Recognition Month and St. Joseph Public Schools is joining 540 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their continual dedication to public education.
Serving on a school board has been described as the toughest volunteer job in America. Our school board members dedicate countless personal hours attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the decisions they make. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the success of our schools and students and keep what is best for students in the center of all decisions.
School board members develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. In our district, they bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of approximately $26 million, 3,000 students, and 300 employees. It is my honor to recognize and thank our school board members:
President Amy Porritt-Peirce
Vice President John T. Inman
Secretary Denise Reeves
Treasurer Chris Cook
Trustee Amy Marohn
Trustee Barry Conybeare
Trustee Kerry Wright
When you see our dedicated board members out and about in the community please take a minute to thank them for their service.
I am excited to share that we will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge January 23-27. In our continuing effort to provide a safe and caring environment for our students and families, we believe this will be a great experience for our students. I encourage you to ask your children what they participated in to help promote kindness!
All five schools in the district have outlined a plan for the week to stimulate acts of kindness performed by staff and students and promote positivity and a safe and caring school environment. Activities will include daily kindness quotes on the morning news broadcast; daily kindness challenges, such as complimenting five people and classroom cleanups; thank-you note stations for students; essay contests; door decorating; a kindness tunnel with family members and community service personnel; kindness theme days; and outreach to support local and global charities.
The Great Kindness Challenge was created in 2012 by Kids for Peace to provide schools with a tool for creating a positive school environment. In 2016, 5,014,362 students participated and performed over 250 million acts of kindness worldwide.
We are so lucky to have tremendously talented and dedicated staff members all throughout our district. Many of our staff are recognized with various awards and we are proud to announce another one. Our very own, Burke Lokey received the MSBO District VI Teacher of the Year award last spring and he is currently one of three final candidates for the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the State of Michigan. The vote will take place next week and we are all keeping our fingers crossed!
Your partner in education,