You see, as principal, something I've done every year is walk the halls on the night before the doors open to our students. It's the only time, all year, that the building is empty and you can truly see all of the hard work that teachers have put in to ensure a great start to the school year. Personalities are on display and hopes and dreams for the year are visible.
This evening, as I popped from one classroom to another, I took notice of the classroom libraries, the little notes left on the desks for when the students arrive, the perfectly crafted message on the the board, and the words of encouragement posted throughout classrooms. Amazing.
This week, teachers have been bouncing between meetings and work in their classrooms. As an admin team, we worked really hard to strike a balance between the "need to know" information at the start of the year with the "work time" teachers needed in their classrooms. Every teacher can tell you that even in the meetings that we have, they're still adding to their to-do list of things they want ready for the 1st day of school. All they want is time in their classrooms. They are intent on making a great first impression for students and families and want to ensure they have a welcoming, encouraging environment to kick of the year. This year, the teachers here knocked it out of the ballpark.
The thought, effort and care that teachers put in at the start of the year is truly admirable. I encourage all principals to take the "night before school" walk. It helps put things into perspective for you and remind you of how awesome the staff you work with truly are.
Cheers to a great start to the school year!