Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!
The beginning of each school year brings with it a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm. This year will be no exception! On behalf of the entire staff at Sauk Centre Public Schools, we are excited about the upcoming school year and I welcome you to the 2017-18 year!
As we open the doors to a new year, we welcome a number of new teachers to the Sauk Centre Schools Streeter learning community. I am confident this group will have a tremendously positive impact on our school and students!! Welcome to Sauk Centre Schools, we’re excited you’re here!
Besides adding new teachers to our team, there will also be some other changes that will occur as we get rolling with the 2017-18 school year. As I have said before, change doesn’t need to be a bad thing, sometimes change gets a bad rap, but it certainly doesn’t need to. I am reminded of a quote I heard a number of years ago that has really stuck with me throughout the years: “If it weren’t for change, all we’d have is a bucket full of caterpillars and no butterflies.” When I heard this, it was one of those “Ah-Hah” moments…it always makes me stop and appreciate change whenever it is thrust upon us, regardless of how we may feel about it.
Some of the changes that all of us will experience this year at Sauk Centre Schools include an increase in our 1:1 Chromebook Initiative. This year, all students in grades 7-12 will receive a Chromebook Computer to take home and use throughout the year. You will notice that our staff e-mail addresses have changed. Our staff will have a_____ @isd743.org address which is a change from last year. Please note this change when communicating with staff via e-mail. We will have a new Food Service Provider this year. Please help me welcome Taher Food Service to our Sauk Centre Team. And finally, we have moved to on-line registration system when registering students for an extra-curricular or a Community Education activity. These are exciting changes for our students and families!
While our district continues to change and move forward, there are some things that you have all come to expect from the Sauk Centre Schools that will not change. Among the many things that won’t change during the upcoming year include our entire staff’s commitment to excellence, our dedication and professionalism to all our students and families as well as our goal of continually providing quality programming, curriculum, activities and facilities.
As always, I encourage everyone to become involved in our student’s education and in the Sauk Centre Schools learning community. The outcome of communities and schools working together can truly be phenomenal! As we step into the new school year, my goal and wish for all is to have an exciting and rewarding 2017-18 school year!
Patrick J. Westby
"Daddy, how much do you make an hour?” With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work. Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: "Look, son, not even your mother knows that. Don't bother me now, I'm tired."
"But Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour?" the boy insisted. The father, finally giving up, replied: "Twenty dollars per hour."
"Okay, Daddy. Could you loan me ten dollars?" the boy asked. Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled: "So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don't bother me anymore!"
It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty. Maybe, he thought, his son wanted to buy something. Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son's room.
"Are you asleep, son?" asked the father. "No, Daddy. Why?" replied the boy, partially asleep. "Here's the money you asked for earlier," the father said. "Thanks, Daddy!" rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money.
"Now I have enough! Now I have twenty dollars!" the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son had just said. "Daddy, could you sell me one hour of your time?"
My hope and goal is that you have an exciting and rewarding 2017 and that we can all invest some time with our children and families. After all, isn’t that really what it’s all about?
All my best to you and your family in 2017 and as always, thank you for all you do for all our Sauk Centre students!