So, after they departed I spent nearly two hours cleaning out my nearly 300 email messages and transferring the necessary ones to my school email. A necessary evil. Then I took off for Des Moines, more specifically Jordan Creek Mall so that I could see "The Dark Night Rises." I was surprised when I arrived and the theatre was nearly half full. The movie had been out for nearly a month and I thought most people had already seen it, but perhaps there were more people like myself who had put off seeing it until they had more time. I was very pleased with the movie, probably my favorite of the three done by Chris Nolan starring Christian Bale. After the movie I dropped $200 on four pairs of shoes - two black dress shoes, one pair of brown loafers, and a black and red pair of New Balance sneakers. I'm set for the year! From there I spent a good amount of time at Office Max, got my hair cut, and then some groceries.
Monday was a productive day in the office. I spent the evening making another pass through the building, this time verifying what clocks were operational and whether or not each room had an intercom. I didn't finish this project until 11:30.
Tuesday I was back in the office finalizing the map and clock inventory before heading out for the SAI Pre-Conference led by Doug Reeves. I was a little disappointed, but it was an opportunity for the Sup. and I to discuss our current practices and for me to get a little more up to speed on the district's philosophies. I spent the evening with a good friend so I didn't have to drive back and forth, and was up late again - this time putting together my Board Report.
I awoke early Wednesday, polished off the Board Report and was back downtown for SAI. The morning was kicked off by Michael Fullan and Doug Reeves in a question answer session on the future of education. Great stuff here. From there I headed to a session on evaluating student work to determine the rigor of student learning in digital projects - another great session. I had the pleasure of eating lunch with my mentor, in addition to Kent Stock. It was great to talk with Kent about what's going on with him and I hope to get him to CRB to speak in the near future. The afternoon sessions included a discussion of PLCs by Webster City CSD and balancing initiatives by Iowa Falls-Alden. The day was concluded by Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Director of the Dept. of Education Jason Glass. I was able to socialize for a couple hours and catchup with some friends before I headed for home.
Thursday was a busy day - Registration Day! The day was a great opportunity for me to bond with my admin and for me to get to know a few more students and parents. After Registration ended at 7:30, I spent the next three hours helping move elementary classrooms from Deal the CRB Elementary. It was a long day!
Friday was another productive day in the office. I got in early made a few adjustments to the arrangement of my office, which made it cleaner and messy-er all at the same time. I also met with our At-Risk consultants and was pleased to hear they were on-board with our changes to the PE/Health schedule. But the best meeting of the day was the one I had with our newly hired Director of Technology. We're on the same page, now it's just a matter of executing. Later in the afternoon I was able to get our satellite tv "fixed" and happy to have some entertainment back in my life. I returned to school to snap a few pictures but was sidetracked by the Sup and Board Pres. I ended the week with a good conversation with the Sup. and feel like we're heading in the right direction. After my meeting with the Sup. I spoke with both of the cheerleading coaches for about an hour and welcomed the VB girls as they spent the evening at the school for a lock-in. I was also pleasantly surprised to hear from Amanda that they had decided to come home a day/12 hours early! So I backed up, headed for home, and cleaned house in anticipation for their mid-night arrival.
Saturday was a busy day! I spent the morning assembling a new desk, spent nearly three hours with the student council around lunch time, and then the evening was devoted to assembling a cabinet - not one of my finer moments of the day.
Sunday was productive. Ben, Lil and I got groceries in the morning - returned and began to assemble some shelving for the kitchen, washed a couple loads of laundry, made lunch, folded a couple loads of laundry, hung a few items on the walls, made dinner, talked to my folks, read a little of my book, and started blogging.
This next week should be a productive one. Tomorrow night is a school board night, Tuesday afternoon I'm partaking in a webinar on Strengths-based Leadership, Wednesday my brother is in town, Thursday is orientation for the new staff, and Friday is our kick-off as teachers officially return to work. We're hoping to head to the Fair on Saturday as a family, but we'll see and then a week from Wednesday we begin in earnest. Hard to believe, but school is just around the corner. Lots to do, but not too many quiet days left - that's for sure.