Friday, January 15, 2016

To be or not be...resolute that is.

I hereby resolve to...

I feel confident you have heard these words at some point in your life or perhaps even spoken them yourself.  With the new year underway, what better time to think about resolutions, or in this case, maybe the better word to think about is resolution.  What does it mean to resolve or to be resolute?  The dictionary says it is to decide firmly on a course of action, to have firm determination to do something, or to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.  Powerful words indeed. As your principal, I think being admirably purposeful is a really good thing.

As I began to write this blog, I thought my admirable purpose was to encourage our Cinco Ranch community to be resolved to continue to dare greatly in 2016.  However, I must admit as the words show up across the screen, I am writing perhaps just as much to encourage myself to be resolute in the path we are on this year.

I have been talking to students, staff, and parents about this idea of daring greatly and what that means and what it would look like day to day in our school and our community.  I feel like we have had a very successful first semester in all the ways we typically measure success, but what I may appreciate even more than our standard successes are the things we did a little differently.

I am proud that our students have resolved to treat one another with kindness and compassion. I am proud that our teachers have resolved to grow in their profession and be the best they can be.  I am proud that our community has resolved to continue to support this school in it's goals and endeavors.

We have had well over 16,000 views of our Celebrating Cinco blog since we began last August. Blogs that have been written by students and staff members.  That support has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.  We kicked off two Cougar Challenges with students and staff where we have had the opportunity to come together and learn from one another to create and foster an environment of support and understanding in our school.  We have a student body who has embraced our CPOE (Cougar Pride Over Everything) and shown unparalleled spirit.

All of these things have energized  and uplifted me.  Now my resolve is to keep moving forward.  It is to help students who feel disconnected from this school.  It is to find new ways to give a voice to all students.  It is to continue to celebrate great things happening with our students and this school.  It is to try new things...to fail at new things sometimes.   It is to keep the passion, to remember the purpose of why we are here.  A teacher mentioned to me very recently that she needed to keep her resolve to fight hard to help the child who was wanting to give up halfway through the year.  This teacher summed up resolve in a moment.  We have to resolve to help children even when they don't want us to.

 As I said, when I sat down to write this blog, I anticipated sending this message of being resolute out "to the people" of Cinco Ranch.  I have realized very quickly the only person's resolve I can truly effect is my own.  With that being said, I hereby resolve to be resolute about continuously helping and supporting this school and this community to grow, fail, and grow some more because as Theodore Roosevelt said over a hundred years ago, "... there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; ... who spends himself in a worthy cause;...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails at least fails while daring greatly." May we all resolve to be the doer of deeds and if we fail, may we fail while always daring greatly.

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2016.

James Cross, Your principal

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