Happy New Year!

August 24th, 2014

Thank you to parents and students for placing your trust in us as we begin a new school year. We at MOC-Floyd Valley CSD don’t take your trust—or our mission lightly. We want you to know that we will do our very best to meet your needs while “fostering learning, excellence and civic responsibility!”

Each year all of the employees of the school district gather for a kick-off breakfast. At this time, we meet new team members, recognize milestones of staff members who have served the District over time, and set our direction for the year. This year’s breakfast was like many others and the excitement about starting a new year with students was palpable.

During our breakfast, I shared four themes that I believe capture our approach to living and learning at MOC-FV. The first theme is “Creating a Culture of Yes.” Yes to learning, excellence, and civic responsibility. The box below contains a list of qualities or characteristics that everyone who is a part of the MOC-FV team will all strive to model and possess. There is no doubt that these qualities will help us fulfill our mission!

Focus on Learning, Positive Outlook & Demeanor, Clear/High Expectations, Quality Collaboration, Clear Communication, Servant’s Heart, Clear Focus, Positive/Consistent Modelling, Vision, Wisdom, Growth Mindset, Timely Support, High Engagement, Belief & Hope, Unconditional Respect, Empathy & Compassion, Open Mind, Flexibility, Sense of Humor, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control

Our second theme is “It’s not about me.” Human nature leads us to view things through the perspective of how we are affected. The more we are able to consider the perspectives and needs of others, the more we will be equipped to help, serve, challenge, teach, and learn with them.

Our third theme is “They’re all our kids.” Education is all about relationships. The more these relationships are interrelated and the more we all take ownership, the more likely we are to make sure no one falls through the cracks. There are two key words in this theme. The first is “ALL.” The second is “OUR.” We need to be aware of every student’s needs. We also need to remember that everyone on our team can help meet those needs.

The final theme is “All for one and one for all.” As we approach the school year, united in our mission, we will learn from and with each other, challenge each other, and support each other. As Helen Keller wisely said, “Alone we can do so little, together, we can do so much!”