What a summer. Though it has been shorter than normal, I feel like so much has happened. As most of you know, our principal Heather Connally, made the very difficult decision to transport her talents to Iowa. The school website can provide more the details, but suffice it to say, she will be missed. As Ravenswood widens it's search for new leadership, I have the privilege to say that I am surrounded by the most talented and innovative teaching staff there is. We will come out of this situation even stronger. I know it.
On the the same vein, we as a staff at Ravenswood have spent the last few days together in our professional development sessions that for the prelude to each school year. Now, I have have been around a bit, and taught at a numerous schools in a few different states. As some of you may know, the first few days for teachers are usually wrought with hours of data driven meetings that, at best, give us teachers fuel for naps, and at worst, take away precious time for planning or room set up. However, this year's meetings have been so incredibly inspiring. The teachers led most of the Professional Developments (PD), and the administration took care of the rest. All of it was inspiring, and useful. I can honestly say that I have never had such a grand series of meetings the gave me new insight into my profession.
But enough about meetings. Let's talk Celebrities. Here's Ameya Pawar and myself at a local “friendraiser” event:
I'm going to go out on a limb and say the my alderman is cooler than your alderman. Also, I saw Johnny Knoxville on a trip to L.A.
But enough about celebrities. Let's talk Drama. This years plays have been chosen! In case you missed the home page, we will be doing “Boo: Thirteen Scenes From Halloween” for our fall play (to be performed on October 30th, and our musical will be “Charlotte's Web.” Stop by the Drama Table on August 29th during the back to school BBQ to learn more about dates, requirement, and to pick up permission slips for auditions.
Also, the drama space has changed! I had a blank slate to experiment with this summer, and as such a few things have changed. Come by anytime to see how Drama has carved a new space on the fourth floor. I want to give a special thanks to Jeff Switzer (P.E.), Ashley MacDonald, and Kitty Conde for their help in moving things around and/or lending tools/supplies.
There is so much more to tell and I can't wait to share all the exciting things that are happening with Drama this year! There are pictures to be posted, and announcement to be made. Stay tuned!!