Sunday, January 31, 2016

TEAM: Turn The 'M' Upside Down...

There's that age old saying that there is no 'I' in 'TEAM'. More often than not in today's society we find individuals who are a part of a team making statements like, "I'm just going to do my thing because it's easier." Of course this is the most extreme example, but with all of our teams in life there is an increasing number of people who seem to be in it for themselves rather than the good of the team or for the purpose of the team. I often wonder why there are so many individuals on a team. After all, a great, well functioning team is comprised of individuals who all know their role and execute it well. So this leaves me thinking, the reason that teams become this way and that there are so many 'I's' on a team is leadership. We need to make sure that everyone understands the role and purpose of everything that the team does, then maybe there are less 'I's' and more 'WE's'.

While there is no 'I' in team, we can spell 'WE' by turning that 'M' upside down. As a leader, it is difficult to always remember the little details of the job. Our kids are first, our staff is second. Ourselves, always need to be last. Communication is important because without it, our team falls apart and 'WE' become 'I'. Being a leader presents itself with amazing opportunities and if a team is built, then together they can accomplish anything. When 'WE' know what to expect, understand the purpose, see the goal, and are supported; 'WE' are more willing to be progressive and different. Our kids need and deserve our education system to be creative and fresh. Our schools look and feel way too similar to how the did decades ago. In fact, some of the opportunities and programs our kids had access to decades ago were better than what they have now. Regardless, it's time WE start thinking and operating like teams much more. After all, being a part of a team is usually the top memory that most adults have from their child hood. Why not make your adulthood part of being a team as well.

Black Knight Kudos ...

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Regents week successful!! There were a lot of people involved behind the scenes making the week run smoothly.

Congratulations to all students who were successful in passing a Regents exam last week and moving one step closer towards meeting the graduation requirements!!

Thank you to the Sunshine Club for sponsoring an amazing faculty luncheon on Friday. It was nice to see the group socializing.

This Week at RFA...

2/1 - Start of Marking Period 3
2/1 - Boys (v) Hockey at Syracuse City
2/1 - Boys (v) Bowling Tri-Valley Tournament
2/2 - Education Policy Meeting
2/2 - Girls (v) Basketball at Notre Dame
2/2 - Boys (v) Basketball vs. Notre Dame
2/3 - STASS Meeting
2/3 - PBIS KICKOFF, Period 1
2/3 - Girls (v) Bowling Tri-Valley Tournament
2/3 - Boys (v) Wrestling vs. Whitesboro
2/4 - SBIT Meeting
2/4 - PBIS KICKOFF, Period 2
2/5 - PBIS KICKOFF, Period 3
2/5 - Boys (v) Hockey vs. CNS
2/5 - Girls (v) Basketball vs. New Hartford
2/5 - Boys (v) Basketball at New Hartford
2/6 - VEX Robotics Tournament - Syracuse CSD
2/6 - Winterguard Competition @ Albany
2/6 - Boys (v) Wresting - Section III Class AA
2/6 - Girls (v) Bowling - Section III Tournament
2/7 - Boys (v) Bowling - Section III Tournament

Worth the Read...

Take a Moment to Self Reflect and Grow...

During the coming weeks as we start a new semester. Take a minute to truly think about your role on your team and what you can do to improve the team by improving your role and helping others stay within their role. This is one of the most challenging parts of being on a team but history has proven that those that can maintain their roles effectively, usually are the best producing teams!!