The Heat Is On
Date: Apr 25th, 2006 8:24:46 pm - Subscribe
Mood: neutral

I would make a call to the maintenance director and ask him to handle it. There's not much I can do other than that. If the custodial staff doesn't work, they don't get paid. I hate that they would have to work in a hot building, but if I decide to work some during the summer I would have to endure the heat as well, I guess.
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Barbara Shouldn't Be Promoted
Date: Apr 25th, 2006 8:07:55 pm - Subscribe
Mood: baffled

I appreciate that a parent would even voice that their child should not be promoted because usually teachers find themselves trying to convince the parents that their child needs to be retained. I definitely need to talk to Vicki and have her explain Barbara's passing grades. As a principal I should have copies of failure notices if any were sent out and I should be able to bring up Barbara's report card grades for the year. Being that she is a third grader, I would also need to look at her TAKS scores. If Barbara meets the requirements for promotion, then I would meet with Mrs. Marshall and Vicki to see if there is something we could do to help Barbara in 4th grade. Does she possibly need testing after the proper intervention steps? Is summer school a possibility? If the grades are not up to par and Barbara truly should not have been promoted, then I would suggest the same options to Mrs. Marshall. (summer school, testing...) We want to do what is best for Barbara so she can experience success. I would address the district's promotion policy with Vicki and make sure she understood the importance of
retaining students and passing them on.
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What's the matter with Craig?
Date: Apr 18th, 2006 8:41:49 pm - Subscribe
Mood: headachy

First, I would pull in the other 2 teachers individually to get their opinions. It might just be Cindy's personality that is clashing with Craig's. Once I have made notes on these conferences I would ask Craig to come talk to me to get his feel of the team. If he feels that things aren't working out, then I would ask if he would like to move to another team. If he does not want to move then I would need to look into some team building staff developments for the following yer. For the time being I may need to meet with the whole team when they are planning or ask my assistant principal to meet with them for a short time. At one time I had a principal that met with us during our weekly planning periods and let me tell you, it didn't take long for us to whip those plans out and agree on who was doing what! Usually these personality things work out once the principal has a take on it, but it is not a comfortable situation to be in especially when it involves a veteran teacher.
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The Shooting
Date: Apr 18th, 2006 8:22:58 pm - Subscribe
Mood: terrified

I would ask the secretary to call 911 and the superintendent. Over the intercom I would announce the lock down code, of which, I hope we had already practiced. and I would start praying for the strength and guidance to help me through this ordeal. I would get the counselor and the nurse to the cafeteria and to help me assess the situation. Calming down the other students and making them feel safe is of utmost importance. I would want to move the other students away from the injured student, but not until I was certain that it was safe. I would place the crisis management plan into action as I know that the media and other parents would be at school within minutes. Hopefully, the superintendent is at the school by now and can help me.
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Health Hazard?
Date: Apr 18th, 2006 8:03:43 pm - Subscribe
Mood: concerned

Mrs. Penn has violated patient record confidentiality and has reason to be terminated from her job. Someone will be calling her supervisor at the hospital and letting them know that Mr. Wonderful could be filing against Mrs. Penn and the hospital. I would need to talk to Mr. Wonderful and let him know of the situation, mainly for his personal safety and the school's. I would reassure him that as long as his condition did not interfere with his teaching and that he took proper precautions that his secret was safe with me.
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