Wednesday, January 14, 2009


The amaryllis bloom has progressed significantly today. It's quite beautiful!

We had a 5-hour faculty meeting today. Don't worry. We planned to spend a considerable amount of time. It's semester exams, so we test 1/2 days, which means we had the "luxury" of starting our meeting hours earlier than normal. We'd saved several big items for this very meeting. I was pleased that we not only covered our agenda items, but were able to do them at a thoughtful and leisurely pace.

Even better, though, was the great appreciation and affection for each other that sprang from such close and intense work. One of the new teachers shared that he "loves getting up in the morning to come to work." Another talked about how they couldn't stay away from school during vacation because they were eager to prepare and plan for the new year. I don't know if you can imagine how amazing it is for the whole staff to be so united. We do disagree on some things, but we are taking the time to open up, hear each other out and make compromises for the good of the whole. Can't think of a better way for the staff to bloom =)

1 comment:

Morning's Minion said...

I'm reminded that I didn't buy amaryllis this year--just some old bulbs sulking in their pots on the entry table. Three plantings of paperwhites are in different stages of growth--one bowl of them planted in pebbles has blossomed this week. The others, tucked into potting soil are taking their time. After some initial poking the cats have let them grow in peace.