Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Never, Ever Give Up

I don't know about you, but I was inspired on Labor Day when Diana Nyad became the first person to ever swim from Cuba to Florida. A journey that was 110 miles through the water is impressive, even more so for someone who is 64 years old! There was a documentary about Diana's quest on CNN where we learned that this has been a goal of hers for 35 years, and that she had previously made the attempt four times.Who would have thought that the fifth time would be the charm? If it were me I don't know if, after punishing my body the first time I would have the courage to go back and try it four more times! Just imagine being stung by jellyfish, being exhausted beyond belief, and hunted by sharks! Would you show the perseverance that Diana showed?

I do believe there is a message in Diana's endurance and 'no quit' attitude that we can all admire, and hopefully strive for. Now, I am by no means suggesting we all embark on a swim across the Florida Strait, or any type of endurance run-but Dianna does show us the power of goal setting and commitment to those goals.

The last couple of weeks we have been carefully looking at our student achievement data. While there is a lot of great news in the achievements of our students, there are areas that we need to refocus, recommit, and never, ever give up! We have made a concerted effort to ensure that those students who are not making the academic gains that we would like to see are provided with additional resources. There is no doubt that our student achievement is good, but there is always room for improvement!

Here at Hudson, that statement comes to life with our Core Purpose: 'We Create Effective Learning Environments That Result in Success For All Students'. The most important word in that sentence is 'All'.

It is an exciting time at Hudson as our curriculum becomes stronger and more in line with the Common Core. This enables us to measure the progress of our students against the Core and to create strategies that ensure they meet those standards. Naturally not all students meet those standards at the same time, so we must provide additional instruction for those youngsters. This is through a process know as RTI (Response to Intervention). When a student doesn't meet the standard, they are provided an intervention, often in the form of additional instruction with a different strategy. After this intervention, their progress is measured again. If they met the standard then they move to the next essential outcome. If they haven't, they are provided another intervention.

I can see the passion our teachers bring to their craft daily! They are committed to the children entrusted to their care and will never, ever give up!

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