When all were gathered in the cafeteria for breakfast it was great to have such a large and vibrant group assembled for the morning. Mostly conversation was between co-workers for each district, but some old friends or family members were happily catching up. We opened the program with a pep talk by Kid President, and then broke into small groups for a little get to know you conversation. It was soon evident that this group was becoming one. Or maybe they had already made this connection. After all, the teachers were together twice last spring, many worked on their curriculum together during the summer. Others had worked on planning committees last winter. They’ve sat through public hearings and lengthy board meetings together. Custodians and coaches had been hauling equipment and gear back and forth. The 11 miles between the districts had definitely become much shorter than it has always seemed.
In the end, we shared our Joint Core Values statements and discussed what it was going to take to be successful. I laid out my expectations of them for the coming year, “Create the Success” was the chosen tagline. North Fayette Valley was born out of the concern for what’s best for our students. It is now our responsibility to carry out the plan. The potential for success is there, its up to us, the teachers, associates, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and cooks to make that happen now. The kids seem to be getting along fine in their team practices and other joint activities so far. The research shows us how to create success; set high expectations, form personal relationships, plan to serve low performing students, be consistent and aligned, and have a focus on student achievement. We can create success if we follow these guidelines. We need to create success. The kids are counting on it, because they cannot move up in the world without us.
Proud to be . . . . NFV!