“A key characteristic of effective teachers and leaders: they learn…about themselves, about others, and about their job.”
Wow! It is hard to believe that we have reached the point in the school year when we have but a few Fridays remaining! This is the last one of April. We are reaching the end of an awesome year of teaching and learning. As the quote above suggests, learning is a key to success. Regardless of our age or our place in life, in order to succeed, we must continually learn. Over the course of the year, MR2 staff have participated in numerous hours of learning: professional development workshops, webinars, book studies, graduate classes, seminars . . . the list goes on and on. They do these things and dedicate this time to provide better instruction for students. In addition, they are acting as role models, demonstrating what being a lifelong learner truly is.
Recently, we were contacted by the Missouri Highway Patrol about a new initiative to increase visibility in and cooperation with school districts. Patrolmen will be visiting schools to walk the halls and present safety programs more commonly than in the past. This is not the result of any specific problem or issue; it’s just an effort to provide an added level of security at school and to build positive relationships between law enforcement and the school community. We welcome this increased partnership at MR2, but want the community to be aware since patrol cars will be seen more frequently in the parking lots and patrolmen will be seen more frequently in the buildings. Their presence is not necessarily an indicator of any issue or problem.