August 29, 2016 was opening day. I wore my official DASD “Do Simple Better” T-Shirt. I visited 13 of our caring schools that day and met with many teachers and students. My Fitbit said I walked 8.2 miles of school hallways on Monday. Call it old age or maybe having too many talks with our great kids and students, but I couldn’t make it to all 16 school that first day. I finished up on Tuesday morning, spending time at the three schools I had missed on Monday. It is always great fun greeting all the students and teachers, telling them to have fun this year, and explaining my “Do Simple Better” shirt.
Do Simple Better as I explained to our students over the past two days is as follows: Listen to your teachers, pay attention in class, do your homework every night and don’t fall behind, study for tests, be a kid so have fun, and most importantly ask questions for help if you don’t understand something. It’s simple. And if you do simple better this year, school will be easier and more fun. That’s it. Do Simple Better!
Our students, all of them, from our youngest to our seniors, were excited for the opening of the school year. Our thoughtful teachers in our caring schools put them right at ease, taking the youngest for tours around the schools, helping our 6th grade students with their first lockers, helping our 9th graders find the right hallways in our high schools.
Bottom line – it was a great start to the school year thanks to our administrative team, our teachers, parents and students. We’re officially back in the saddle again! Tomorrow’s another day.