Friday Focus – 12-13-2019

Dear Team, The perfect amount. The right balance. Just right.  Enough. What a beautiful word for this time of year. There are so many words associated with the holiday season that evoke an emotional, sometimes visceral, response: joy, peace, love, family, presents,...

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Friday Focus – 12-6-2019

Dear Team, Welcome back! I hope you all had a restful break and took some time to enjoy your friends and families and count your blessings. Now, just two more weeks before the long winter break. This time of year is both joyful and frenetic—there is much to be done...

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Friday Focus – 11-22-2019

Dear Team, What’s your attitude today?  Excited? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? All of the above? Sometimes the day before a long break can bring as much stress as it does anticipation as we hurry to wrap up our work, worry about students who may not have a happy holiday to...

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Friday Focus – 11-15-2019

Dear Team, On the banks of the Concho River in downtown San Angelo, there was what seemed to my 6-year-old mind a little slice of heaven.  Anyone who grew up in West Texas in the past 50 years remembers Neff’s Amusement Park. By park standards, it was small and more...

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Friday Focus – 11-8-2019

Dear Team, We are all construction workers! More on that later. If you drove by Elsa England Elementary last Saturday morning, you might’ve double-checked the calendar. It looked like a school day morning with a long car line snaking around the crowded parking lot....

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Friday Focus – 11-1-2019

Dear Team, There’s a line in the movie “Pretty in Pink” (OK, I admit it. I like this movie...a lot) where Iona, played by Annie Potts, is reminiscing about her prom 20 years prior and says to Molly Ringwald’s character: “Why can’t we start old and get younger?” I...

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Friday Focus – 10-25-2019

Dear Team, Spend 36 years in education and you cross paths with many people. I’ve taught and coached countless students over the years, and yet there are so many that I remember. I never fail to be surprised when something brings one of them to mind—someone I perhaps...

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Friday Focus – 10-18-2019

Dear Team, I like to think of myself as someone who does well at keeping cool under pressure. After all, I’ve had years of practice. I played the part of “Fonzie” at my San Angelo Elementary Spring Choir Show in 1977 (the # 1 comedy sitcom in the 70’s was “Happy Days”...

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Friday Focus – 10-11-2019

Dear Team, I love being asked to serve as a judge for various campus and department events. If my schedule allows, I proudly serve. I get to witness the incredible talents of our amazing students and staff. Suffice to say, I’d rather be a judge than be judged....

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Friday Focus – 10-04-2019

Dear Team, Happy New Year! I love the Autumn season! Nature finds a way to cool itself down after a hot Central Texas summer. For me, each October 1 marks the completion of another great year (I began serving Round Rock ISD as Superintendent of Schools on October 1,...

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Friday Focus – 9-27-2019

Dear Team Rock? Paper? Scissors? Usually, I choose rock. Why? The rock is always the solid choice. What do you think of when you hear the word “rock”? Do you think of an object to be hurled and cause damage? A pebble tossed into a stream, creating ripples that go on...

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Friday Focus – 9-20-2019

Dear Team, Simple things to me matter most, yet I often don’t slow down long enough to enjoy them. Let me explain. Hours in a bookstore on a rainy day. Salted peanuts in a Coca Cola glass bottle. Sipping coffee watching the sunrise on my back porch. My dog’s tail...

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Friday Focus – 9-13-2019

Dear Team, We as a country, know how to come together in times of tragedy, peril, and need. As Americans, it is in our DNA. On Wednesday, we commemorated a defining moment for our nation’s history. Every generation has a moment its members point to, that they reflect...

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Friday Focus – 9-6-2019

Dear Team, “In a world where you can be anything...be kind.” Thanks Caraway Elementary for such a powerful bulletin board. Sometimes the tragedies of the world consume us. They are hard to turn away from — ever-present, on every screen, on the news, in our social...

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Friday Focus – 8-30-2019

Dear Team, I’m no Lou Gehrig, but I can relate to his saying, “Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” He said that in his emotional farewell speech on July 4, 1939. Since I last wrote to you, three remarkable things occurred within a...

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Friday Focus – 8-23-2019

Dear Team, Bien Hecho! (Well Done!) Depending on when you’re reading this, you’re either about to wrap up or have wrapped up our first full week of the 2019-2020 school year. I’ve lost count of how many campuses I’ve visited in the last week and a half, but no matter...

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Friday Focus – 8-16-2019

Dear Team, I am so glad I get to be Superintendent of Round Rock ISD. What are you excited about that you get to do? More on that later. My staff and my wife may not believe it, but sometimes, I am speechless. Experiencing the first day of school yesterday, kicking...

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Friday Focus – 5-17-2019

Dear Team, Teachers are passionate about teaching….not so much about testing! Our amazing teachers in Round Rock ISD understand that assessments are critical to making student achievement a priority. The old adage rings true, “We measure what we treasure.” Having said...

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Friday Focus – 5-10-2019

Dear Team, Imagine a world with no teachers. It’s impossible, I know, but it’s worth reflecting on because teachers make the world go ‘round. In life, we get a chance to give gratitude to those deserving of praise. My challenge to you, as we wrap up Teacher...

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Friday Focus – 5-3-2019

Dear Team, I “rumble” for _______. If you’re a boxing fan, you may know the name Michael Buffer. And even if you have no idea who he is, I guarantee you would recognize his voice immediately if you heard him say: “Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!!” He has trademarked...

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