Is My School Ready? 
Strategies For Principals That Lead
For a principal, the a new school year brings anticipation, excitement-and-let's admit it-an underlying feeling of trepidation.

I always look forward to this time of year, but with it comes the telltale butterflies in the stomach each time August rolls around.  Whether you're a veteran leader or just doing this for a first time, that feeling can leave you a bit unsettled.   Reminding yourself of a few school-leadership basics will get you through that time of apprehension and ensure a successful start to your year.   
Here are some ideas to help guide you.

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Back to School Guide from the NEA
Students may still be enjoying their summer vacations, but for educators, the beginning of the next school year is just around the corner. NEA editors have compiled a list of our best articles and resources to help you - whether new or veteran - get ready for the fall semester.
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Charlotte Scarlet's star studded slim skirt.

Candy Cam can can candied corn.
WEST's Recipe for Student Success
  • Create a vision to support your school year
  • Establish goals
  • Develop a weekly schedule 
  • Build your wardrobe around the rules of the school
  • Engage your parents in school activities
  • Don't be afraid to indicate you don't understand
  • Avoid being part of organizations and groups  that don't align with your values
  • Be aware of the symptoms of stress
  • Learn techniques to prevent, manage or resolve conflicts
  • Maintain a journal of your activities 
  • Try to reach the highest score possible on every test or project
  • Let your teacher know when you don't feel well
2 Word Scrambles
(Highlight the gray boxes with the cursor to reveal the answers.)

drgeas       grades
teerscp       respect
panicilpr       principal
dreisfn       friends
eavlus       values
tydsu       study
sprsto       sports
ecierxse       exercise
sert       rest
untrnioit       nutrition
hesbboi       hobbies
ecorutmp       computer
orcol       color
gdo       dog
rta       art
slepe       sleep
boosk       books
pabckcka       backpack
hoess       shoes
ecrsse       recess
tceearh       teacher
enp       pen
yprat       party
elug       glue
15 Recommended Places for Visits

  • Museums
  • Local government offices
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Colleges,universities and community colleges
  • Banks
  • Supermarkets
  • Sporting events
  • Historical places
  • Exercise Centers
  • Hospitals 
  • Zoos
  • TV studios
  • Newspaper offices
  • Hotels/restaurants
  • Parks
3  Inspiring Quotes

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. 
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. 
- Albert Einstein

I've always believed that if you put in the work the results will come. 
- Michael Jordan
Professional Development Toolkit for Teachers
(Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, Customer Service, Building Relationships)

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