It is hard to believe, but we are beginning to approach the half-way point in the 2016-17 school year. With this in mind, I am thankful for many of the things that we have in the VCSC and this includes our staff and students. I was reminded as I was sitting in a PD (professional development) meeting being led by one of our principals and he was focused upon the message that it is people, not programs. There is so much to be said for this in many different realms.
If it were not for the people, we would not have the outstanding programs that we have to offer to our students. Allowing for this to be more specific, I look at our band students. The Pride of the Green is one of our strongest programs in the VCSC. But this would not be possible if it were not for the likes of Mr. Marsh and Mr. Coffer. These two individuals give so much reasoning for students to want to be involved in the band. I am not going to name others and the programs that they oversee, but we have so many programs that are strong and it is because of the people that lead these different programs.
The same can be said for the actual classroom and with this our teachers are making differences each and every day as they form relationships with our students. We have so many teachers who go above and beyond. This may be as simple as showing up at a sporting event in which one of their students is involved with or going to the musical, Annie, because they know the entire cast and crew and want to see the students in the limelight.
And with this stated, it is not just our teachers. From the bus driver or aide that brings in school supplies for students, to the cafeteria worker who might put a little extra on a plate of a young person, we have so many different staff members who are going above and beyond when it comes to forming the relationships with our young people.
With this being said, it gives me great pause to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for within the VCSC, but it is the people that make up or comprise the VCSC that makes us special and quite frankly sets us apart from so many other places.
So, as we near that half way point, I simply leave the “Welcome” to the VCSC’s website as one in which I express my thanks to the many different people of the VCSC. From our paid staff to our many volunteers to our contracted workers I would ask that you do the same as you witness the many different good and great things that occur throughout the VCSC.
Thank you for reading the welcome, and I am always reminded that as I sign off that it is, Go Alice’s, Go Big Green!
Mr. Greg Parsley
Vincennes Community School Corporation