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Mission, Vision, Values/Commitments   posted on Nov 14, 2016
School Year Calendar   posted on Sep 20, 2016
Helping Our Children Do Well In School   posted on Aug 29, 2016
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!   posted on Aug 16, 2016
Volunteers Make A Real Difference!   posted on Jun 30, 2016
We Appreciate Our Teachers!   posted on Apr 28, 2016
It is SAGE Time Again!   posted on Apr 01, 2016
What Motivates Students Today?   posted on Mar 11, 2016
Gifts to Give our Children   posted on Dec 09, 2015
Attitude of Graditude   posted on Nov 13, 2015
Student Safety   posted on Oct 13, 2015
Attendance Awareness Month   posted on Sep 03, 2015
Keeping Up With the Competition   posted on Jul 15, 2015
Avoiding the Summer Slide   posted on May 29, 2015
Making Every Dollar Count!   posted on Apr 14, 2015
State Legislature and Education   posted on Mar 06, 2015
ACT Testing - What's It All About?   posted on Feb 12, 2015
Attendance Matters!   posted on Jan 07, 2015
Teachers Make the Difference - Part 2   posted on Nov 07, 2014
Leadership Matters!   posted on Oct 08, 2014
Teachers Make the Difference!   posted on Sep 16, 2014
Helping Students Succeed in School   posted on Aug 14, 2014
A New Era Begins ...   posted on Jul 14, 2014
Future Challenges   posted on May 22, 2014
Selecting Administrators   posted on May 15, 2014
Common Core   posted on Mar 31, 2014
Student Groups - School Based or Not?   posted on Mar 21, 2014
Textbooks - Not Enough to Go Around?   posted on Mar 14, 2014
Legislative Priorities   posted on Mar 03, 2014
Course Selection for Secondary Students   posted on Feb 18, 2014
Important February Dates   posted on Feb 05, 2014
Student Safety - How You Can Help   posted on Jan 27, 2014
Tax Challenge   posted on Jan 21, 2014
2013 - A Year in Review   posted on Jan 02, 2014
2014 District Calendar Options   posted on Dec 20, 2013
School closure as a result of weather   posted on Dec 10, 2013
District Audit Report   posted on Nov 25, 2013
Bits and Pieces of News   posted on Oct 25, 2013
UCAS – Another Accountability System   posted on Oct 10, 2013
There is Good All Around   posted on Oct 04, 2013
Grading the Schools   posted on Sep 03, 2013
Last Minute Notes   posted on Aug 12, 2013
Potential Budget Crisis   posted on Jul 30, 2013
Transparency vs. Right to Privacy   posted on Jul 15, 2013
Student Attendance - A Key to Success   posted on Jul 11, 2013
Negotiated Agreements   posted on Jun 19, 2013
Changes During the Past Year   posted on Jun 17, 2013
As the Class of 2013 Departs   posted on May 28, 2013
Administrative Succession   posted on Mar 25, 2013
Concerns Regarding Student Behavior   posted on Mar 05, 2013
Local Scholarships   posted on Feb 27, 2013
District Comparisons   posted on Feb 21, 2013
Concealed Weapons - Arming Educators?   posted on Jan 24, 2013
Dual Immersion   posted on Jan 14, 2013
School Violence   posted on Jan 03, 2013
How Do our Schools Compare?   posted on Dec 17, 2012
Reflections on a Recent Trip to China   posted on Nov 26, 2012
Federal Funds in our District   posted on Nov 06, 2012
Make Your Last Year Count   posted on Oct 29, 2012
Construction over the Past Four Years   posted on Oct 17, 2012
What Should a Grade Represent?   posted on Oct 08, 2012
Things to be Excited About   posted on Sep 25, 2012
Grading Clarification   posted on Sep 12, 2012
Not All Criticism is True   posted on Aug 27, 2012
District Transportation   posted on Aug 13, 2012
School Lunch Prices 2012-2013   posted on Aug 06, 2012
Follow up - Taxes and Grading   posted on Jul 26, 2012
Setting Property Tax Rates   posted on Jul 20, 2012
Tax Increase   posted on Jul 19, 2012
“What Counts” – Class Size   posted on Jul 06, 2012
What Counts - Grading System Background   posted on Jun 07, 2012
What Counts   posted on May 10, 2012
Dual Immersion   posted on Apr 08, 2012
Effects of Promontory Charter School   posted on Mar 12, 2012
Emergency Plans in the District   posted on Feb 13, 2012
2012 Legislative Session   posted on Jan 27, 2012
Highlights of 2011   posted on Dec 22, 2011
Why Replace the School in Snowville   posted on Dec 05, 2011
Questions Regarding the Sale of Bonds   posted on Nov 07, 2011
What Test Scores Mean to Me   posted on Sep 20, 2011
Opportunities for Online Courses   posted on Aug 24, 2011
Will your child be ready for college?   posted on Aug 15, 2011
Bullying   posted on Jul 28, 2011
The Reality of No Child Left Behind   posted on May 02, 2011
School Fees at Elementary Schools   posted on Apr 27, 2011
Negotiations   posted on Apr 04, 2011
Recruitment of Certificated Staff   posted on Mar 21, 2011
Boundary Changes - North End of County   posted on Mar 04, 2011
Governor's Commission   posted on Feb 14, 2011
Boundary Changes   posted on Jan 18, 2011
Charter Schools   posted on Jan 13, 2011
Concurrent Enrollment   posted on Dec 21, 2010
The Common Core Curriculum   posted on Nov 05, 2010
Early Out Days   posted on Oct 12, 2010
Truth In Taxation   posted on Aug 31, 2010
SC Building Fund vs General Fund   posted on Jul 30, 2010

Box Elder School District Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent Tolman

May 8-12, 2017 has been designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week.  It is fitting as we approach the end of another school year that we take a moment and appreciate our teachers.  Legendary basketball coach and motivational expert John Wooden said, “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession".  This sentiment is echoed by almost every successful person in our society as they consistently identify one or more influential teachers who made the difference for them and inspired them to reach their potential.  This has taken on more significant import to me as I contemplate concluding a 46 year career in education.  Were it not for the many inspirational teachers I had from elementary school through college I would not have had this opportunity of being a part of what I consider to be the greatest profession in the world.  Few of us cannot think of at least one teacher who really made a difference for us.  Today’s teachers are some of the best in history!  Most of them average over 50 hours of work each week and we all know that the compensation for teaching, particularly in Utah, is significantly less than comparable professions.  That makes it even more imperative that we all do what we can to let teachers know of our great appreciation for them and our admiration for their great contribution to our communities.  I hope that many will join me during this designated week for teacher appreciation and take time to thank a teacher who has been or is currently making a difference in your life or the life of someone close to you.  Teachers are not only those who carry the official title of “Teacher”.  Administrators, aides, secretaries, cooks, custodians, bus drivers, and other support staff often serves as a teacher and are the one who makes a difference. Let us not neglect them.  Sometimes folks ask me for ideas on ways to thank teachers or others who have made a difference.  I can suggest a few. 

1. Teachers want to hear how their teaching connects with their students’ lives.  They want to hear that they are making a difference. 

Whether it was today or yesterday and you think of a time when they really helped a student have a “light bulb” moment at the dinner table, or driving home from soccer practice? Teachers would love to know what they students tell others about their class and their learning - it would really make a teacher smile.

2. Teachers want to have former students contact them.

This week as I was sitting at my desk, one of my former students telephoned me and then followed it up with an email later that day. He is now a grown man successfully raising a great family and contributing to his community.   He told me that many years ago I had been influential and inspirational to him. I could hardly hold back the tears. For him to contact me decades later made my heart swell. It made all the work of planning, preparing, and spending extra time so worth it. For teachers, seeing our students growing up and turning into happy humans is the appreciation we need.

3. Teachers want to know they matter.

Above all, Teachers love to know that they are appreciated. Most teachers went into education because they wanted to make a difference in our society and serve children.  Teachers are service-oriented professionals who, for the most part, want to earn enough money to support their family, live in their community, send their own children to college and at the end of the day, know that their tired brains and stacks of papers to grade are worth it because they matter in the life of a child.

I challenge all to take a moment and during this week thank a teacher who has or is making a difference in your life or someone close to you.  There are many creative ways to do just that and teachers will appreciate anything you do.  Just knowing that someone recognizes the work they do and took the time to drop a note, make a call, or do something else is the biggest thrill a teacher can have.  DO IT NOW!

Date posted : May 01, 2017.