Winter 2018Posted by Hugh Boger on 12/22/2018
Dear Scott Families,
A few years ago, I watched a Tedx Talk by Dewitt Jones titled “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” Dewitt Jones was a National Geographic photographer for several years. I’ve been following his blog since then and often return back to it when I need some inspiration and a refocus on the positive. His general philosophy, as indicated on his website (www.celebratewhatsright.com), is as follows:
Every time they [National Geographic] sent me out, they would ask me to Celebrate What's Right with the World. I did, and it changed my life. Every day I see images that make me want to celebrate, and have discovered that there is far more right with the world than there is wrong with it. Celebrate What’s Right with the World… It's a simple yet powerful idea that encourages us look at our world through a more positive lens.
Earlier this month, we hosted “GiftMart” for the first time in District 203. This was an opportunity for some of our families to purchase donated but new toys for their children at a drastically reduced price. Words cannot describe how beautiful this was. It was beautiful for those that participated and equally as beautiful for those that volunteered. It also generated over $600 that will go directly back to our school “scholarship fund” to support others in need. I sat in my office yesterday, long after the last volunteer left, in awe of what I just experienced. Looking at a couple of Dewitt Jones’ photos hanging in my office reminded me to “Celebrate What’s Right in the World.”
We have a lot of great things happening at Scott School and in partnership with our community. A few weeks ago, our community collected over 800 pounds of food and associated items as part of our Fall Food Drive. That’s double what we usually collected. Families in our community directly benefitted from this food drive. A couple weeks ago, the Scott SUCCESS group made 150 holiday cards for an assisted living facility in the area. Between the Naperville Education Fund (NEF), our Home and School, HURRAH, Kids Hope, and our community partnerships, I could write pages of “behind the scenes” ways these organizations support our students and our community.
We must certainly continue to identify areas for growth and challenges to overcome. However, I was reminded yesterday to also “Celebrate What’s Right in the World.” In my opinion, we have a lot to celebrate right here in our Scott community.
Thank you for all you do to support Scott School and our community.
Fall 2018Posted by Hugh Boger on 9/24/2018
Dear Scott Families –
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.
Together we can.
Hugh Boger, Principal
Summer 2018Posted by Hugh Boger on 8/13/2018
Dear Scott Community,
It’s Saturday morning. I’m sitting in the conference room listening to the sounds of construction workers placing their finishing touches on our new heating, air conditioning, and plumbing elsewhere in the building. It’s a beautiful sound; School construction on Saturday produces a much better sound than construction on a Monday!
This morning while enjoying a donut with my pajama clad children at Dunkin Donuts, I ran into a Scott parent. He and I introduced our children, talked about Scouts, and made small talk about the upcoming school year. He did not appear to judge me for my pajama-like attire, nor did I judge them on their post “camp out” attire. It was a wonderful conversation that reminded me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a great community.
While sitting in the conference room accompanied by the scent of “Peace” (an essential oil gift and inside joke between me and a collaborative parent), I can hear the rhythmic sound of a jackhammer on concrete. Perhaps it’s the irony of peace and jackhammers that cause me to reflect on my morning and the myriad of conversations I’ve had very recently with parents- many of which will either directly or indirectly impact the success of their child. The conversations ranged from pleasantries to difficult, critical conversations. Some ended with complete agreement and some did not. But all ended, at least in my mind, with the absolute confidence that we all want what’s best for Scott students and our community.
This year I’ve added “Together We Can” to the oft used and referenced Scott phrase “Every Child. Every Day. A Success.” “Together We Can” is relevant on many different levels – for two students in the classroom or on the playground, for teachers designing lessons to meet the needs of all learners, and for you and me. In my opinion, it’s a concept that we can all benefit from – at the community, state, and national levels, and beyond.
As the new school year is upon us, I consider how lucky I am to be a part of this community and at Scott for a second year. In order for success and growth to continue, Mr. Ernst and I need you. We need each other in order for every child, every day to be successful. We don’t need to always agree. In fact, I find extreme value in differing perspectives and ideas. However, the more effective we partner, the stronger our community will be. This is what I believe. Together, we can.
I can’t wait to see you and your children on the first day of school. I’m fired up!