ALL HANDS ON DECK
Dr. Michael J. Martirano
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
(Presented at the ALL HANDS ON DECK EMPLOYEE KICK OFF)
Good morning St. Mary’s County Public
Schools. It is a glorious morning. The sun is
shining and there is no thunder or lightening.
This is a wonderful celebration and I am so
impressed with the talent assembled in this
room. We are so fortunate to be able to gather
together, under one roof, in the home of one of
our educational partners, St. Mary’s College, to
rededicate ourselves to improving the quality of
life for our children. This is an amazing
opportunity to celebrate and refocus our
thoughts on another wonderful school year.
Let’s give all of our student performers and
student speakers a big round of applause. I love
this event and I have been looking forward to it
all summer long. You can feel the energy
pulsating throughout this room. It is so good to
see each of you. My oh my what an amazing
year we had together last year!!!! It just seems
like yesterday when I entered the gym at
Leonardtown High School and I became
acquainted with you for the very first time.
Now, I feel like we are old friends. I have met
so many of you individually and I see many of
you on my travels throughout the county. Each
weekend, I get up early and I put on my baseball
hat, tennis shoes, gym shorts and my University
of Maryland tee shirt and I head off to Lowe’s.
It is a glorious experience. I wonder aimlessly
throughout the warehouse and dream and
ponder of all the “honey do” tasks that I need to
complete and of all the projects that I can do.
Generally, I can kill about an hour before I
realize that I will never have the time to do any
of the home improvements that I set out to do.
As I am dreaming, I often times, run into many
of you out there too. I usually get that familiar
double take look that kind of goes like this.
Look once, look twice and squint your eyes, and
then I hear “was that the superintendent?” Well,
on one such occasion, I encountered one of you
in the lumber section and I am not going to
mention your name, but you know who you are.
I was intently measuring some boards for some
shelves that I was building. I had on gym
shorts, a tee shirt that was older than dirt, and I
was using my handy dandy tape measure. I was
a weekend warrior. On this particular day, this
person (whose name I will not mention) was
staring and looking at me. Several times, she
looked at me and she put her head down and she
walked on by. She did not speak and then she
disappeared. It did cross my mind that she
might be a stalker. So, I continued measuring
the two by fours and as I glanced up she was
peaking her head around the corner and just as I
gained eye contact with her, she ducked back
around the end of the aisle. Now to say the least,
I was getting a little scared, but I tried not to
think about it. So, I went back to work again.
The next thing I know, she was walking by
again. Now I was nervous. This time she came
up to me and said. Are you Dr. Martirano, the
superintendent? And I reluctantly said yes! She
said to me “Oh my goodness, I am one of your
teachers” and with a nervous giggle she said,
“YOU GOT LEGS” With that, I looked down
at my legs and said “YOU ARE RIGHT, it’s a
miracle, I do have legs!!!!” We both laughed so
hard that I thought that security would have to
escort us out of the building. I know that it is
hard to believe, but I do have real clothes and I
don’t always wear a shirt and tie. Believe it or
not, I do have legs albeit some pretty skinny
This story exemplifies my leadership style
which is predicated on building positive and
enduring relationships. It’s about making
connections with each other.
The theme of this gathering is
“All Hands On Deck”
It is so symbolic and it further extends our
vision plan that is entitled,
“Charting a Course to Excellence.”
As Mr. Clements mentioned to you, you have
been given a ships wheel pin which represents
all of our hands being placed on deck to
navigate our ship in the direction of academic
excellence for all of our students.
Also, you have been given a “Work Hard and
Be Nice” bracelet which is our school system
motto. As you know, this has really caught on
around the county and with our kids. Wear your
pin from last year, wear your pin from this year
and wear your bracelet proudly. I loved when I
would see you wearing your “charting a course
to excellence” pin. Also, I liked when I walked
into a school, an office or a classroom and I
would see work hard and be nice on the wall or
on bulletin boards. It is just great and our kids
love it too. We are one team. Team St. Mary’s
County Public Schools.
ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR ANOTHER
GREAT SCHOOL YEAR.
There are so many people to acknowledge and I
want to start with recognizing the committee of
individuals who helped organize and
choreograph this event.
First, I want you to take note of this wonderful
All hands were on deck and these volunteers
went above and beyond the call of duty. These
dedicated people volunteered their time before
and after work to create the wonderful display.
They used their time, talent, and scraps from the
wood piles to make a vision a reality. I would
like to acknowledge them at this time as they
have placed their hands on deck to create this
nautical ship theme.
Davonte Carroll and Chris Johnson, student
Justin Alt, Veniece Cusic and Kimberly Howe –
Ellen Duke Wilson and Cathy Pielmeir – artists
for the back drop
They have done a fine job and we really do get a
feeling that we are setting sail. Let’s give them
a big round of applause.
Next, to the Division of Supporting Services
for the outstanding job with transportation,
for setting up the gym, and printing our
To Beverly Dahlstrom, Kathy Mancini,
Sandra Battle, Jean Adams, Zina Thomas,
Mary Ann Williams and Eric Millham for
tending to the logistics and video
presentations and to Eugene Butler for
serving as our DJ.
Lynne Morgan Smoot for addressing every
performance detail and choreographing a
Please give all of them a round of applause.
At this time, I want to acknowledge all of our
NEW employees. I ask that you stand now so
that we can applaud you and welcome you to
our school system. APPLAUD. You are now a
part of our family and like all good families
know that we are here to support you. Welcome
Next, I want to acknowledge our invited guests
and our partners in education. We are fortunate
to have so many of you in attendance today.
Board of Education of St. Mary’s County –
Dr. Salvatore Raspa, Mr. Gary Kessler, Mrs.
Cathy Allen, Mr. Bill Mattingly, Mrs. Mary
Washington, and Ms. Brittany Thurston our
Student Board member.
Local Delegation – Congressman Steny
Hoyer, Senator Roy Dyson, Delegates John
Bohanan, Anthony O’Donnell – (who is
represented today by Mrs. Linda Darby) and
Board of County Commissioners for St.
Mary’s County – Commissioner President
Tommy McKay, Mr. Tom Mattingly (who
could not be here today), Mr. Larry Jarboe,
Mr. Kenny Dement and Mr. Dan Raley
Circuit Court and District Court Judges,
Judges of the Orphan’s Court
Sheriff/Maryland State Police – Law
Commissioners of Leonardtown
Candidates for Local Elected Offices (BOE,
BOCC, Judges, etc.)
Patuxent River Naval Air Station
(Captain Glen Ives, Commanding Officer,
Captain Andy Macyko, Executive Officer, Mr.
John Romer, and Captain Matt Scassero)
Education Association of St. Mary’s County
(EASMC) and Collective Employees
Association of St. Mary’s County
Maryland State Teachers’ Association
Maryland Association of Boards of
Board Committees (Budget Advisory
Committee, Citizen’s Advisory Committee
for Special Education, County Council of
Bus Contractor’s Association (Mr. Bobby
Colleges – St. Mary’s College, College of
Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland
Higher Education Center
National Association for the Advanced of
Colored People (NACCP Education
Committee – Mr. Nace Bowman, Dr. Janice
Walthour, Mr. Bob Lewis)
Business, Education, and Community
Chamber of Commerce – support of
Principal for a Day program
Local Management Board – education
County Government Department Heads
St. Mary’s Hospital, Dept. of Social
Services, St. Mary’s County Health
Department, Walden-Sierra, So. MD Child
Care Resource Center
St. Mary’s County Planning Commission
Minority Business Alliance
Southern Maryland Navy Alliance
United Way of St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau
Southern Maryland Electric Coop
(SMECO) – Math/Science Teacher
St. Mary’s County Special Olympics –
Spring games for student athletes
Local Press – The Enterprise, St. Mary’s
Today, The Washington Post
Let’s give all of our educational partners a
round of applause. I want to thank each of you
publicly for the support that you have provided
our school system. You are to be commended
for that and know that our children benefit from
Also, with me today is my wife, Silvana, my
three children, Maria who has worked on base
all summer as a camp counselor and who will be
heading back to the University of Maryland for
her sophomore year, my son Vincent who will
be an 8th grader at Leonardtown Middle School
and my daughter Gina who will be a 6th grader
at Leonardtown Middle School as well. My in-
laws Maria and Donato Petruccelli are here
So now, let’s begin some of the fun. It’s time to
celebrate! Last year, I went through a roll call of
sorts. So, as we set out on our voyage, I want to
be sure that everyone is accounted for and it is
imperative that we conduct a roll call. This
year, I sense that you are much more prepared
and a little more exuberant than last year. Many
of you have developed themes and cheers. So,
as I call the name of your school or office, I
want you to yell out your cheer, play your
music, make lots of noise or sing your songs.
You are in random order. I will call out a few
highlights from each site and then I will call
your name. Don’t be shy! We are here to
celebrate! Here we go.
This school is known for their “Pride Inside” when it
comes to their highly qualified and dedicated staff,
continuous improvement in achievement, and
wonderful community partners.
Building service staff won their 4th Glossy Award;
the use of data meetings to drive instruction and
intervention groups for students, and Volunteers as
Literacy Tutors and Junior Great Book Leaders.
Piney Point Elementary
They embrace their stakeholders via parent volunteer
programs and community partnerships; their 11
Month Jump Start Program continues their dedication
to the academic achievement of EACH child; They
are a PBIS Exemplar School (2nd year in a row)
Lexington Park Elementary
This group’s motto is “I’m from Central Office and
Here to Help”; they provide unwavering support to
schools and the community as we chart a course to
Moakley Street/Central Office
They are proud of their students and their increased
attendance; they are proud of their staff and their
dedication to the students and program; they have a
new name and a new building. We are very proud of
White Oak Secondary Center
They are proud of their completion of their
renovation/addition; “Healthy Heart Night”; Student
“Good Referral Luncheons”
Margaret Brent Middle School
This office is responsible for launching Performance
Matters and how it has positively impacted the way
teachers and staff monitor the progress of their
students for TV Channel 96 and for the redesign of
Office of Information Technology
This school is known for their International Day
Celebration; for Green School Reauthorization; for
“Walk for the Katrina” Relief Fund where they raised
They are known for receiving the Maryland Green
School Award; Making significant gains in student
achievement; implementing their “Jumpstart for
Literacy” Program as a result of a partnership with
They are proud of the Grade Level School
Improvement Plans. They are proud of their Teacher
of the Year, Ms. Stephanie Flick and they are proud
of the Guinness World Record for the tallest popcorn
structure. The administration and staff are always on
board ready to sink or swim together everyday on
behalf of students!
Benjamin Banneker Elementary
This group is known for the unity of the division in
providing holistic services that are seamless to the
customer; Various moves this past summer; the
purchase of a school site for the first new elementary
school in California, MD. The sustainable design
approach for the new elementary school with
collaborative input from capital planning, design and
construction and the department of instruction for the
work that keeps our fine schools running smooth
Division of Supporting Services
They are proud that 90% of their students enrolled in
AP Physics scored a three or higher on the AP test;
Legacy of success of the graduates from their school
include (Olympians, college coaches, politicians and
community activists. Senator Dyson and Mr. Hewitt
are both graduates and are in the audience today) and
Dr. Raspa was a former principal; They are the high
school of a student who won last year’s $10,000
Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship
Great Mills High School
They were named 4th year in a row as a Maryland
PBIS Exemplar School; Named as a physical
education Demonstration school 2005-2007; Named
4th year in a row as a SMCPS Highest Average
Cleanliness Rating Award
Greenview Knolls Elementary
100% of 3rd graders scored proficient on MSA Math
Test for 2005-2006; Donation efforts – Katrina -
$5,211.98 and Jump Rope for Heart - $15,626;
Expanded their partnership with Verizon to recognize
individual student achievement
Placed 1st on the county level Math counts Team –
10th place at the State level; Chorus ranked 1st place
with perfect ratings at the Tri-County level and at the
Maryland State Competition for the 2nd continuous
year; Best Buddies chapter was recognized at the
Annual Best Buddies Awards Ceremony
They pulled together as a school community after a
fire swept through their school. They opened 2 days
later. They made significant improvement in student
achievement; dedication of their highly qualified staff
in promoting student achievement; successful,
meaningful partnerships with the Division of
Supporting Services and Information Technology to
ensure a smooth transition to their new facility. They
have a brand new school.
George Washington Carver Elementary
They are welcoming 11 new staff this year; their
building service workers are the best and they won a
Glossy to prove it; Everyone is a team player – staff,
students and parents.
Dent Elementary School
Kindergarten students had the highest DIBELS
scores in the county; successful after school reading
programs and clubs; phenomenal partnerships within
the community. They celebrated their 55th
anniversary as a school.
PBIS Exemplary School; They wrote the “Work Hard
and Be Nice Song”; highest average cleanliness
rating school for the 2005-2006 school year
Park Hall Elementary
PBIS House system; They made AYP; Students, staff
and the community support the school
Student Achievement – increase on MSA and solid
scores on Stanford 10; teamwork and hard work of
staff in making the move to the annex a smooth
transition; kind and caring attitude of their
students/families; participation in Jump Rope for
Heart, St. Jude Math a thon, Veteran’s Day parade.
Very successful “Jump Start” summer program; they
received an award from the Maryland Council of
Staff Development for their work in Differentiated
Instruction; They are very proud of each and every
member of the “Gator” team.
Green Holly Elementary
1st in county and one of the top 10 in the State for
their food drive – Harvest for the Hungry; They will
have well over 900 students taking AP exams this
year; They experienced the most athletic conference
championships for the 2005-2006 school year
26% of staff are SMCPS graduates; They developed
the Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen Club;
They increased community partnerships and had
steady gains in student achievement
They are proud of their MSA scores; 2 staff members
attended Space Camp; They have a new parking lot
and they now have cell phone service. Yeah!!
Their student’s achievement on MSA was super;
being named a PBIS Exemplar School for 2006; and
they are proud of their small nurturing and close
Town Creek Elementary
The Washington Post Teacher of the Year, SMECO
Mathematics Teacher of the Year; Destination
Imagination Team (the only middle school in SMC to
have this and they went to the state competition)
Their Boys and Girls Club after school partnership;
They organized several faculty vs. kids kickball
games this summer – and Iva Berg even caught a
high fly ball
Spring Ridge Middle
Their renovation is complete and the total building is
ready to go into full swing; record number of students
attending Nationals in Kansas City, including 2 state
officers, several national top 10 places including a
Silver medal in Criminal Justice; the most new
programs added by any county in the State – Diesel,
TV video production, aviation maintenance, Fire
rescue EMT, Dental assisting, manufacturing, and
Forrest Career and Technology Center
And last, but not least…
Are you ready? This school system is the best
in the state, nation, and world.
ST. MARY’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Thank You…That Was Great.
AS YOU KNOW, I AM STARTING MY
SECOND YEAR AS SUPERINTENDENT OF
ST. MARY’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL
SYSTEM. WHAT AN AMAZING YEAR MY
FIRST YEAR WAS.
We experienced many trials and tribulations
together and throughout it all we became
stronger and better.
We experienced a fire at George Washington
Carver and it did not get us down. The entire
school system rallied around the school and
within two days the school was up and running
again. What an amazing show of support from
We experienced a $3 Million budget deficit as a
result of increased fuel and oil costs and our
Board of County Commissioners stepped up and
provided the LEADERSHIP AND additional
support for the education budget.
At Chopticon High School, we tragically lost
two of our students as a result of car accidents.
Our thoughts and prayers were with them
We experienced a lockdown at Leonardtown
High School that took our school system to
international levels of recognition. But, because
of the crisis management procedures that were
in place, proficient leadership, and the calm and
caring ways of our staff and emergency
personnel, no one was hurt. We take the safety
of our children very seriously and I was very
proud of our entire community for the response.
Collaboratively, with CEASMC AND EASMC
we negotiated a three year contract with all of
our employees that is respectful and allows us to
remain competitive throughout the Southern
Maryland region and allows us to stay focused
on our work with children.
We posted the highest SAT scores ever in the
history of our school system.
We were 2nd in the State of Maryland for the
Washington Post Challenge index for AP
Our MSA scores are on the rise across the
district. We are as high as 9th in the State in
several of the performance indices. We are only
going to go higher and get better.
We have the 3rd highest percentage of highly
qualified teachers in the state of Maryland.
We have implemented the Performance Matters
Data Warehouse and this initiative is
transforming how we do business across the
school district because it focuses in on each and
every child’s individual performance.
Instructional decisions are being made based
We have implemented an Energy Conservation
program that will be fully implemented this
As a total community we have rallied together
to confront the brutal facts of our achievement
gap and together we have pledged to eliminate
the achievement gap. We will not be satisfied
until all students are performing at proficient
and advanced levels.
We have established a policy on wellness that
addresses the nutritional needs of our students
We have expanded our focus on high quality
professional development across the district to
meet the needs of all employees and we are
focusing on cultural proficiency training to
ensure that we fully know each of our diverse
We adopted a school calendar that includes a
spring break and we encourage our parents to
take vacation during designated times off to
improve our attendance. Students must be in
school every day to maximize the learning
We are fully addressing the 15 points of
Our school system is aligned to provide the very
best service for each child. We are not
implementing random acts of improvement for
the sake of doing them. All of our acts are
aligned so that they assist in achieving our
academic goals. We are stopping things that are
not working and we are implementing
interventions and best practices that are
WE ARE ON THE PATH OF GREATNESS.
WE ARE BREAKING THROUGH, BY OUR
FOCUSED APPROACH. WE ARE
FOCUSED ON CONTINUOUS
IMPROVEMENT. WE HAVE CREATED A
REAL “BUZZ” ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF
THIS SUMMER A GROUP GATHERED
TOGETHER TO REEXAMINE OUR
MISSION STATEMENT. OUR PREVIOUS
MISSION STATEMENT CONTAINED 187
WORDS AND IF I QUIZZED YOU TODAY, I
AM NOT SURE HOW MANY OF YOU
COULD RECITE IT. WE QUICKLY
DETERMINED THAT WE NEEDED
SOMETHING THAT CONNECTED TO OUR
VISION PLAN OF “CHARTING A COURSE
TO EXCELLENCE.” WE NEEDED
SOMETHING THAT BROUGHT IT ALL
TOGETHER WITH OUR MOTTO “WORK
HARD AND BE NICE” AND WE NEEDED
SOMETHING THAT EXPOUNDED UPON
OUR CORE VALUE THAT “ALL
CHILDREN CAN AND WILL LEARN.” SO
TO THAT END, THE GROUP CAME UP
WITH 22 POWERFUL WORDS. LAST
YEAR, I TALKED ABOUT MY “E” WORDS
OF ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND
EXCITEMENT. THEY ARE MORE
PREVALENT NOW THAN EVER, BUT NOW
I AM INTRODUCING “R” WORDS.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT IS NOW:
KNOW THE LEARNER AND THE
LEARNING, EXPECTING EXCELLENCE IN
ACCEPT NO EXCUSES, EDUCATING ALL
WITH RIGOR, RELEVANCE, RESPECT,
AND POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.
THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MOMENT. LIKE
WORK HARD AND BE NICE, IT APPLIES
TO EVERYONE….STUDENTS AND
ADULTS. EVERYONE CAN RELATE TO IT
AND IT FOCUSES IN ON THE
RELATIONSHIP PIECE WHICH OUR
ENTIRE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS
IN ORDER TO TEACH A CHILD WELL,
YOU MUST KNOW A CHILD WELL AND
OUR MISSION CLEARLY CONNECTS TO
SO OUR NEW “R” WORDS FOR THIS
RIGOR, RELEVANCE, RESPECT, AND
I LOVE IT. IT IS REFLECTIVE OF WHO WE
ARE AND WHAT WE REPRESENT.
WE ARE A PEOPLE ORGANIZATION AND
WE CANNOT FORGET IT. THE
RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE FORM WITH
EACH OTHER AND OUR CHILDREN ARE
CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR
ORGANIZATION AND OF OUR
THIS SUMMER, I WAS ABLE TO CATCH
UP ON MY READING AND I READ
I READ A WONDERFUL BOOK ENTITLED,
“ENCOURAGING THE HEART,” BY JAMES
KOUZES AND BARRY POSNER. I
RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY TO EACH ONE
OF YOU. IT TALKS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE
WILL ASPIRE TO HIGHER STANDARDS
OF PERFORMANCE WHEN THEY ARE
GENUINELY APPRECIATED FOR THEIR
DEDICATION AND PUBLICLY
RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR
THEY STATE THAT IF YOU TRULY WANT
TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND
PERFORMANCE OF AN ORGANIZATION,
THEN YOU MUST FOCUS ON THE
PEOPLE. ONE PARTICULAR AREA OF
ATTENTION DEFINES WHAT IS
REFERRED TO AS THE PYGMALION
EFFECT. THE BEST LEADERS BELIEVE
THAT NO MATTER WHAT THEIR ROLE,
PEOPLE CAN ACHIEVE HIGH
STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN SET.
THIS IS CALLED THE PYGMALION
EFFECT…A BELIEF SO STRONG THAT
EVEN IF OTHERS DON’T BELIEVE IN
THEMSELVES INITIALLY. THE LEADER’S
BELIEF---OR TEACHER’S OR PARENT’S
OR COLLEAGUES---GIVE RISE TO SELF
CONFIDENCE, TO A BELIEF THAT “YES, I
CAN DO IT.”. IT BECOMES A SELF
We must believe that all of our children can and
I HAVE BEEN SO IMPRESSED BY EVERY
ASPECT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND
THE COMMUNITY, BUT MOST OF ALL; I
HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED BY YOU…OUR
STAFF. WE ARE PRIMED FOR
GREATNESS. As I have said, across this great
State of Maryland, we are viewed as a school on
the move in a positive direction. In 1980,
President Ronald Reagan called America the
“SHINING CITY ON A HILL where there is
hope and freedom for all young Americans.” In
that same light, I see St. Mary’s County Public
Schools as the Shining City on the Educational
Hill where there is constant hope, energy,
enthusiasm, and a belief in our young people
and where there is no challenge too
insurmountable and where there are endless
MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN
DEDICATED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE
IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN. THIS PAST
YEAR, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET TO
KNOW SO MANY OF YOU.
YOU IMPRESS ME BEYOND BELIEF.
YOU ARE WORKING HARD AND YOU
ARE BEING NICE.
YOU ARE VERY TALENTED
YOUR POSITIVE AND YOUR “CAN DO”
ATTITUDE IS CONTAGIOUS.
YOUR DEDICATION TO OUR CHILDREN
YOUR WORK ETHIC IS IMPRESSIVE.
YOU ARE A TALENTED BUNCH AND
YOUR WORK IS PAYING OFF. THERE IS
BELIEF THAT WE CAN DO IT AND WE
CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES
OF OUR CHILDREN.
YOU SEE IN ST. MARY’S COUNTY, WE
HAVE TAKEN A STAND FOR CHILDREN.
WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY COMMITTED
TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE LIVES OF
ALL CHILDREN. OUR STAND IS
UNCOMPRISMING. WE FOCUS ALL OF
OUR EFFORTS ON PROMOTING A HIGH
QUALITY LIFE FOR OUR CHILDREN. WE
REALLY BELIEVE THAT IT TAKES AN
ENTIRE VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD
AND ALL OF OUR ACTIONS SUPPORT
OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR NOW AND OUR
WE ARE IN AWE OF THEIR TALENTS.
WE ARE BLINDED BY THEIR BRILLANCE,
WE ARE INSPIRED BY THEIR INTELLECT
WE ARE BETTER INDIVIDUALS FOR
HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO
INTERACT WITH THEM EACH DAY TO
TEACH THEM AND TO WATCH THEM
OUR CHILDREN ARE PRECIOUS.
WE HOLD THEM DEAR AND NEAR TO
WE TRIUMP IN THEIR JOY, WE BASK IN
THEIR REFLECTIVE GLORY, AND WE
SUPPORT THEM DURING TIMES OF
WE BELIEVE IN OUR CHILDREN.
WE LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY
THEY GIVE US HOPE. THEY ARE A PART
OUR CHILDREN ARE DEPENDING ON US.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS “IT’S ABOUT THE
AND NOW I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO
WATCH THIS VIDEO THAT HIGHLIGHTS
All hands must be on deck.
This is our moment; this is our time to take a
stand for our children. Today, recommit to
improve the quality of life for ALL children in
St. Mary’s County. Protect them, nurture them,
teach them and be loyal to them. We must be
united as one.
All hands must be on deck.
As we work hard and be nice every day to
improve our school system. We must be
together as adults and we must make all of our
decisions in the best interest of our children.
Know your curriculum, know your job, know
your pedagogy, know your learner. Our
children our counting on us each and every day.
All hands must be on deck.
We have a magnificent opportunity and
everyone in this room plays a vital role in
improving the quality of life for our children.
We are partners in education and we are one
community committed to the learning and safety
of all children.
All hands must be on deck
As we chart a course to excellence. This is our
moment, this is our time. One life dedicated to
serving the children of St. Mary’s County. If
you fall or if the waves get rough, know that we
will support you to get you through it all and we
will make a difference in the lives of each child
to ensure that each one is achieving. We will
not fail. Demand the best, accept no excuses,
build positive relationships and set high
expectations for every child.
This is our moment this is our time. All hands
on deck. Together we are one united in
numbers, strength, passion, dedication and
commitment for bettering the lives of children.
Keep our children safe and believe that all
children can and will learn.
Join with me to make this the best school year
of our lives.
My hands are on deck with you and I stand
proudly with you to support your efforts.
I will be with you through your trials and your
You are my inspiration
You are my hope
You are my role models
You are making a difference in the lives of our
children and for that you make me proud.
You are remarkable and amazing individuals.
You have touched my heart.
You are the protectors of our children.
You are the right people at the right time and the
time is right now.
I believe in you and I believe in our children.
This is our moment this is our time.
All hands on deck for our children.
Be loyal to our children because they are
counting on you. Give hope to each and every
one of them.
I love my job and I am honored, humbled and
proud to serve as your Superintendent. I am so
full of hope that I could burst. I stand with you
with my hands on the ships wheel as we set sail
for another wonderful journey as we Chart a
Course to Excellence. I am enthusiastic,
energized, exhilarated, elated, exuberant,
electrified, ebullient, ecstatic, and excited about
this upcoming school year. To each and every
one of you, God speed and best of luck for an
outstanding school year. Thank you very much
for all that you do and remember….Work hard
and be nice. Have a great school year.