Do you remember your first job interview? I do. I was uncomfortable and unsure ... and it was the same for my second. Our motto: Educating People for Success is serious business and our Interview Day 2017 was an opportunity for practice, growth, and preparation for what is to come for our students: SuCcEsS in their programs of study and in LiFe.
Students dressed for success, walked through the interview process, and received immediate feedback. It was beautiful to sit back and watch them walk out of the interview with heads held a little higher and a new found confidence...even if it was only an, "I'm glad that's over" confidence and a smile on their face. Hey! If we're not sweatin' a little then we don't care enough. ;)
Thank you Salena Dixon, Marsha Morris, Khristina McWhorton, and Dennis McRee for contributing to the success of our students. We appreciate YOU.
Today we began our final year with the ACT Plan Test. Students work diligently every year, day in and day out, to become College and Career ready, and this test has provided a great opportunity for them to increase self-awareness in curricular areas. The ACT Plan test is taken by all Sophomores in our school but has served a much greater purpose than simply collecting data.
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Despite the fact that our school is still under construction, please pay specific detail to the beautiful smiles that bless our hallways and classrooms. Adding teachers and moving classrooms at the last minute could most definitely cause potential negativity and stress .... but that was not a concern today. :) COUNTLESS Hours and hours have been spent with late nights by our contractors, construction workers, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents - and yes, even students have spent summer hours helping our Merritt Public Schools get ready for Day 1 of our school year.
Today was a success and an encouraging, happy place to be - and it was because of the people who we call Merritt Oilers. If you know someone in these photos, please continue to encourage them. Give them a pat on the back. Say thank you. Read with them. Attend their activities. Involve yourself in their MPTO, clubs, and organizations. Simply smile at them. (Smiles are contagious!) Great things are happening in western Oklahoma ... and this is only the beginning.
From the inside of our classrooms and the bottom of our hearts, an abundance of thanks goes to our parents and community members who help make our schools such a positive learning environment. Our 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start, and TOGETHER, with patience, diligence, and perseverance, we look forward to each new day with our students and Oiler Family.
Start the Ripple
Mrs. Cantrell and I have the opportunity to spend time each Friday morning with either our 5th grade or 6th grade classes while the teachers get to meet, plan, and prepare for the upcoming week. We utilize this time by addressing issues that seem to becoming more prevalent in our school, issues like bullying, cooperation, kindness, hygiene This week our focus was (and you can sing this with us if you would like) Respect. As teachers and parents our behavior models what we expect from our children. One of my favorite quotes is, "If you are not practicing what you are teaching, then you are teaching something else." Students know what they want and what they need, and after watching this video it was encouraging to step back and listen as they brainstormed ways we can "Start the ripple."
We are going to
Start the Ripple,
Make a Difference, &
Spread the Ripple
at Merritt Elementary school.