Closing a Chapter...Reading for Renewal
Mon Jun 19 00:00:00 NDT 2017

The school year is coming to a close and it is hard to believe it has gone by so fast. During the 2016-2017 year we have seen remarkable achievements by our students. Many have been recognized on the national and international stage. Throughout their journey they have been supported by an amazing network of family, friends, teaching staff, and support staff  who have helped them and instilled the belief and confidence needed for success. Similarly, our teachers and support staff have been recognized for the tremendous work they do each day, along with the extra effort they give to encourage deep-learning, hands-on learning, and extracurricular support so necessary for the success of our students and communities.

For students and parents, the K-12 education system is akin to a chapter book. In September of Kindergarten you excitedly open chapter one and in June you satisfyingly close the cover having finished your reading. The next September, you eagerly open a new chapter and commence Grade 1, and so it goes until the last chapter when you finish the entire book.  Nowhere else do you know exactly when you start an annual endeavour and when you will complete it. School staff also share in the enthusiasm that comes with opening a fresh and shiny new chapter in September and the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing it in June; along with the knowledge that some time for you and your family is just ahead. I do hope you can take some time and relax, recharge, and be ready to open a new chapter in September. I know for many of our students and teachers there are other projects you must complete during the summer, however, please enjoy yourself and return in September renewed and ready to once again begin the amazing challenge of public K-12 education.

And while enjoying your much deserved downtime, please keep your safety, as well as the safety of family and friends, top of mind. Be aware of potential dangers and do not let your relaxation become a hazard to your personal safety or the safety of others. Have fun but swim, bike, run, and play safely.

For those students who are finishing their entire book and moving on from the K-12 system, I wish you all the best in the in the many volumes you are yet to cover in life. I hope you will reflect positively on our public education system. I know your school staff would love to see you return to visit and share in your successes in the future.

For those District employees who are concluding your careers this June, I know this coming September will feel a little different. I wish you the very best in whatever you now turn your hand to, be that leisure or a new adventure. Thank you for all you have done for the students of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Finally, thank you to each and every one of you for making this school year such a success. Without the dedication of our students, teachers, support staff, and trustees none of our achievements would be possible. I am so very proud of all of you. #NLEduProud

I have to confess the one thing I miss about being at a school is the unbridled euphoria that permeates the air for students and staff alike on the last day of school in June. Again, enjoy and be safe. I look forward to seeing you all again in September and opening the next chapter that is the 2017-2018 school year.

Thank you and have a wonderful break! 

Tony

PREVIOUS THREE ENTRIES
Pride in Our Place
Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 NDT 2017

Thank you for taking a moment to read my inaugural foray into blogging. While this is a new experience, I think it will be a helpful‎ communication medium.

For my first blog I would like to discuss pride. Specifically, how proud I am to be a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and how each of us can demonstrate pride in our school community and our academic pursuits.

I feel very fortunate to play a role in the public education system of Newfoundland and Labrador. I have many amazing memories from my time working with students over many years. No more so than seeing students be successful and satisfied with what they have accomplished. No doubt like many teachers, I have encountered former students while out and about in the community enthusiastically relaying what they are doing now with respect to starting a family or their current occupation. Such encounters, where you have an opportunity to share in former students pride of accomplishment, are truly uplifting.

I am proud to be serving as the Director of Education in an interim capacity and looking forward to the opportunities it affords me; including the opportunity to help contribute to the success of approximately 66,300 young people who will shape the future of our province and beyond.

Each and every one of those 66,300 students is truly lucky to have the opportunity to receive a high quality education with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. And while there are challenges, our education system ranks high globally and our students are going on to be successful internationally. We should be proud of those achievements and be public with our pride.

By taking pride in our education system and our student accomplishments, we also commit to improving the system where and when we can so the opportunities for student success are even greater.

As educators, we should take pride in our careers and our everyday work. As support staff working in and with schools, we should be proud of the critical role we play in supporting classroom instruction. We should demonstrate this pride each and every day, focus on the positives, and work to overcome the obstacles and not let them impede our progress. Strong belief in our collective role in improving student achievement will act as a self fulfilling prophecy.

Students should continue to take pride in their work, as well as their academic and personal success. If you feel and demonstrate that pride, you will be confident, successful and join the thousands of other Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are leaders in their community and, indeed, the world.

It is my commitment to represent the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District proudly, and to work tirelessly for our students, our educators, and our support staff.

I encourage you to take a moment and show your pride in yourself, your school, and your community and to also share that pride with us via Twitter using #NLEduProud. Share a study group selfie or school project. Send a video of your school cheer from a big tournament. Or send before and after pictures of your school area clean up after our long winter. These are just some examples of the many activities that can help to demonstrate the pride you take in your educational experience, and I feel that is worth sharing.

All the best,

Tony

Tony Stack
CEO/Director of Education (Interim)

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