On Saturday, my seven year old daughter and I went to the Casey’s Foods to get some skirt steak tacos from the grill they fire up on the weekends. This has become somewhat of a tradition for my children and me when we have the opportunity. While the food is certainly good, the experience is even better. My son especially likes the energy and enthusiasm of the gentlemen working the grill. My daughter loves to sit at the picnic table with new people each time. Overall, it’s just a “feel good” experience!
While enjoying the conversation with my daughter and our table mates on Saturday, I observed Mr. Casey himself walking out to the parking lot. He spent about ten minutes gathering up empty grocery carts and then returned them to the storefront. I was so surprised at this sight that I confirmed his identify with the two cashiers. Not only did they confirm that it was him, but they shared that this was a common occurrence.
Perhaps Mr. Casey spends some of his time collecting empty carts because research says it positively impacts profits. Maybe he does it just to show everyone he is willing to do it. Or, maybe he has nothing better to do. I don’t believe any of these are the real reasons. I believe he does it because he loves what he does, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to make shopping at his store a positive experience for all. It’s probably a collection of little things like this that make eating a skirt steak taco at a picnic table with complete strangers such a wonderful experience.
The Scott School community is filled with adults like Mr. Casey, who will do whatever it takes to make a child’s school experience positive. Teachers often do “little things,” which have a tremendous impact on their students’ academic and social/emotional growth. It’s also the seemingly little things you do that make a difference. You don’t have to be a school volunteer or serve on a committee to have a positive impact on your child’s education. Whether it’s reading with your child at night, talking to them about their school day, celebrating their efforts, or simply having them well-rested and ready for the school day…the “little things” you do make a difference. Thank you.
If you are looking for ways to positively influence your child’s school experience, don’t hesitate to ask. Likewise, don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher if you have ideas on how we can make Scott a better place for all. Even the little things count.
FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
Effective communication and community relations.
Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting. To watch that presentation, please click here.