What a great week it has been!  Staff members have spent the past 3 days preparing for students to walk through the door ways of the Maquoketa School District.  With all the buzz and excitement of the first day of school I am reminded how important it is to build relationships with people.  This includes building strong relationships with our students.
“Because at the end of the day, most students won’t remember what amazing lesson plans you’ve created.  They won’t remember how organized your bulletin boards are.  How straight and neat are the desk rows.  No, they’ll not remember that amazing decor you’ve designed.  But they will remember you.
Your kindness.  Your empathy.  Your care and concern.  They’ll remember that you took the time to listen.  That you stopped to ask them how they were. How they really were.  They’ll remember the personal stories you tell about your life: your home, your pets, your kids.  They’ll remember your laugh.  They’ll remember that you sat and talked with them while they ate their lunch.
Because at the end of the day, what really matters is YOU. What matters to those kids that sit before you in those little chairs, legs pressed up tight under tables oft too small- what matters to them is you.” (Pursuit of a Joyful Life)
You DO matter and make a difference in the lives of our students here at Maquoketa!  Every single person!
Thanks again for your hard work and dedication to our children.  Have an exciting, fun-filled 2014-15 school year! 🙂