Transitioning

7 Aug

Turning the kitchen calendar from July to August felt traumatic this year. It meant only two weeks of summer left. August is transition time, the Sunday night of summer.

Over the summer we learned that, not only were we getting a new principal, the whole office staff is changing: secretary, two VPs, student supervisor, and principal. It is unprecedented in my career. Also unprecedented was the email from our new principal inviting us to sign up for a time to come in for an informal, on-on-one chat. Wow!

My meeting was yesterday.

I tend to spend the summer in athletic shorts and t-shirts, but I arrived at school in Bermuda shorts and a striped shirt. Casually professional. I wanted the first impression of me to be a good one!

Our chat started off informally, with each of us giving a little bit of our background and me talking about my three-year experience at my school. We knew some people in common, even though we’d never met before. Education is a small world.

She concluded with two specific questions about communication practices and conference scheduling. Two things people had complained a lot about last year. I told her what I’d heard as a union rep and what I thought.

I had walked in hoping she’d surprise me by saying I could stay in 6th grade. I’ve spent the summer coming to terms with my grade change. I left feeling optimistic about the new school year, new admins and new grade. This is going to be a good one!

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8 Responses to “Transitioning”

  1. vanessaw2007 August 7, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    “the Sunday night of summer” I love that! This sounds like a fresh start for sure. It’s great that your new principal has opened the door to communication, that’s always a good thing.

  2. theapplesinmyorchard August 7, 2018 at 7:42 am #

    Change is hard but it seems you have a positive attitude! Sometimes, that is the only different you need to make the change a good one! It is hard when everyone changes at once. I think your principal is trying to start off on the right foot as well with getting to know people individually! I love this sentence from your piece, “August is transition time, the Sunday night of summer.” It is so true! Good Luck!

  3. arjeha August 7, 2018 at 8:02 am #

    I remember how when August hit thoughts would start turning to the new school year. One of our new principals also had pre-school conferences with all of the teachers. What a great way to get to know each other and each other’s expectations. A little early but wishing you a great school year.

  4. Pause.Write.Repeat August 7, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    I love this line! “August is transition time, the Sunday night of summer.”

    Change can be scary, but in my experience it is often for the better. Admin changes, (especially when you are changing to leadership that is receptive and thoughtful) can be a breath of fresh air 🙂 Good luck! Enjoy the ride!

  5. Brian Rozinsky August 7, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    Sounds like the Monday morning of the school year need not be as rough as typically billed. All the best as you navigate this transition.

  6. Teachingnest87 August 7, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    August is the Sunday night of summer – I love that line. It describes the feeling perfectly though it took my non-teacher spouse a few minutes to get it;) Best of luck with all the changes. I had a new principal last year and it was the best year of my career.

  7. mbhmaine August 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    It sounds like your new principal has hit the ground running and has made a commitment to communicating and developing relationships with staff. Glad you’re feeling positive about the school year. Good luck! 🙂

  8. Amanda Potts August 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    I know others have noted this but… “August is… the Sunday night of summer.” What a great line! And count me among those who are impressed with a principal committed to opening lines of communication early on. Here’s hoping that all this change is also opportunity and growth.

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