Thankful for the Servant-Hearted!

January 23rd, 2018

MOC-Floyd Valley is fortunate to have an organization full of servant-hearted people.  This is clear to me on a daily basis.  Today, the group that reminded me was the bus drivers.  They patiently picked up students on messy, difficult roads, and did so with patience and a smile.

When I began serving in the role of superintendent, I reflected on everyone who serves students and families within our district.  Below is a summary of those reflections – which I recognize even more today!  Consider:

School Board

Who gives of their time with absolutely no monetary compensation?  Who volunteers their time, talents, energy, and expertise to serve us, and everyone in the MOC-Floyd Valley School District?  Who ultimately makes this such a great place to work and serve?

Thank you to our School Board Members:  Shane Jager, Amy Kleinhesselink, Christine Koerselman, Chris Immeker & Mere Reyes!

Transportation

Who are the first and last school representatives that many of our students see every day?  Who sets a positive tone by warmly and sincerely greeting students to start each day, and then safely transports them to and from school?  Who, while watching the road, constantly makes sure that all students are treated respectfully?

Thank you to all of the men and women who drive our buses and transport our students!

Food Service

Who provides our students with the nutrition and energy they need to function throughout each day.  And who does this while meeting numerous difficult, government-imposed requirements and still provides flavorful choices.  Who works in a stiflingly hot kitchen, doesn’t always feel appreciated, but does all of this with a servant-hearted smile?

Thank you to all of our food service staff!

Nurse

Who oversees all of the health needs of our students?  Who juggles the required paperwork?  Who works with parents, family members, other medical personnel, and all of us to make sure our students are educated despite various health needs?  Who does this in all four buildings with the help of our building secretaries and some of our uniquely qualified staff members like Mr. Krohn?

Thank you Nurse Nonnemacher!

Custodial/Maintenance

Who are the ultimate “behind-the-sceners”  who keep things running, keep things clean, anticipate needs, and epitomize service?  Who hears, “Could you fix . . . or Could you get me . . . ?” and always does their best to meet those requests while at the same time, keeping up with the messes and the needs that come from buildings used by hundreds of people every day?

Thank you to all of our amazing, servant-hearted custodial and maintenance staff!

Secretarial/Office/Business Managers

Who is the face and the voice of each building in our district?  Who sets the tone by her smile and her unflappable demeanor when bombarded with requests from students, parents, teachers, and administrators?  Who always seems to understand what we mean, even when we aren’t not completely clear in our questions or requests?  Who seems to know everyone, helps everyone, and demonstrates more flexibility in a day than seems humanly possible?

Thank you to all of our wonderful office personnel!

Aides & Associates

Who epitomizes support?  Who works closely with teachers to meet the needs of all of our students, and often gives that extra dose of love and support that ultimately makes the difference for many of our students with the greatest needs?  Who is often instrumental in making sure that no child ever falls through the cracks?

Thank you to all of our aides and associates!

Technology

Who lives on the edge of what might be possible?  Who is tasked to understand what many of us struggle to understand, and then to make it understandable and useable to us?  Who is empowering us with technology and then helping us to understand and use the technology to deepen and add meaning to learning.  Who fearlessly leads us through necessary changes like moving from JMC to Infinite Campus while at the same time preparing and repairing all of our technology equipment and infrastructure?

Thank you to our tireless technology department!

Counselors

Who seems to master the art of caring and listening?  Who leads the way in supporting students and families when issues arise?  Who makes it a priority to instill hope and find help?

Thank you to our guidance counselors.

Teachers

Who has a passion for students and a passion for curriculum?  Who develops positive relationships with students, collaborates with colleagues, partners with parents and tirelessly works to meet each student where he or she is and take them as far as possible?  Who cultivates a love of learning and arms our students with the tools they will need to successfully meet the challenges ahead?

Thank you teachers!

Coaches & Activity Sponsors

Who teaches students about character, honor, self-discipline, loyalty, effort, teamwork and humility?  Who teaches students that “it is more important to be your best, than to be the best.”  Who masterfully uses co-curricular activities to give our students a sense of belonging and an understanding of being a part of something bigger than self?

Thank you coaches and sponsors!

Principals/Assistant Principal

Who oversees our efforts as a system and insures that our practices align with our mission?  Who develops routines and procedures that allow everyone else in the system to do their jobs?  Who models learning, challenges, and supports students and staff.  Who selflessly leads and cares deeply?

Thank you to our principals and assistant principal.  

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