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					                    ALL HANDS ON DECK
                                By

                      Dr. Michael J. Martirano
                          Superintendent
                  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

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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

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 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
                       ones.

   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”



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    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.



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  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
                 stage display.

  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.

                     Boat:

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                 Robert Morgan
               Douglas Frederick
                   Mark Unkle
                 Freddie Hewitt
                  David Quade
                   Ray Adkins
                 Nick Gagliardi
                   Tom Gross
                  James Spears
                  Lewis Young
                 Paul Hampton
                 Brad Clements
                  Jeff Sheckels
  Davonte Carroll and Chris Johnson, student
                     workers
Justin Alt, Veniece Cusic and Kimberly Howe –
                      Flags
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.

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 Next, to the Division of Supporting Services
  for the outstanding job with transportation,
    for setting up the gym, and printing our
                    programs.

    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.

                     And to

  Lynne Morgan Smoot for addressing every
    performance detail and choreographing a
             wonderful program.

 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
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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
                     aboard.

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
   Johnny Wood

  Board of County Commissioners for St.
   Mary’s County – Commissioner President
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 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
  Enforcement

 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

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 Association of St. Mary’s County
 (CEASMC)

 Maryland State Teachers’ Association
  (MSTA)

 Maryland Association of Boards of
  Education (MABE)

 Board Committees (Budget Advisory
  Committee, Citizen’s Advisory Committee
  for Special Education, County Council of
  PTAs)

 Bus Contractor’s Association (Mr. Bobby
  Burroughs)

 Colleges – St. Mary’s College, College of
  Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland
  Higher Education Center

 National Association for the Advanced of
  Colored People (NACCP Education
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 Committee – Mr. Nace Bowman, Dr. Janice
 Walthour, Mr. Bob Lewis)

 Business, Education, and Community
  Alliance (BECA)

 Chamber of Commerce – support of
  Principal for a Day program

 Local Management Board – education
  partner
 County Government Department Heads
  (collaborative partner)

 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

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  Patuxent Partnership

  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
   recognition

  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
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for that and know that our children benefit from
                 your efforts.

  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
                     today, too.

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

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  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.
                 Chopticon High

 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


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  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
  excellence.
        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
  them too.
         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


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  students for TV Channel 96 and for the redesign of
  Web Page
       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
  over $10,000
            Hollywood Elementary

 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
  Mercantile Bank
              Oakville Elementary

 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


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 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
  every day.
  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


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  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
                   White Marsh

 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
              Leonardtown Middle

 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

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  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.
          Mechanicsville Elementary

 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
  wholeheartedly
           Esperanza Middle
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 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.
           Leonardtown Elementary

 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
               Leonardtown High
 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

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               Dynard Elementary

 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!!
                Ridge Elementary

 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
  community
            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

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  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
  hospitality/tourism.
   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.




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  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
                our community.

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
                  constantly.



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  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
                    courses.

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   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
                    upon data.

We have implemented an Energy Conservation
 program that will be fully implemented this
                school year.

 As a total community we have rallied together
 to confront the brutal facts of our achievement

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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
                   and staff.

 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
                   learners.

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
                   process.


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    We are fully addressing the 15 points of
                   priority.

                     AND

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
                     working.

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
           MARYLAND.

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  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


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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
              BOTH.
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
         PREDICATED ON.

  IN ORDER TO TEACH A CHILD WELL,
 YOU MUST KNOW A CHILD WELL AND

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OUR MISSION CLEARLY CONNECTS TO
          THIS THOUGHT.

  SO OUR NEW “R” WORDS FOR THIS
            LESSON ARE
  RIGOR, RELEVANCE, RESPECT, AND
          RELATIONSHIPS.

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
            STUDENTS.

 THIS SUMMER, I WAS ABLE TO CATCH
   UP ON MY READING AND I READ
         SEVERAL BOOKS.


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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
    EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT.
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

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 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
     FULLFILLING PROFICIECY.”

We must believe that all of our children can and
                  will learn.

 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

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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
                   possibilities.

      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.

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YOUR DEDICATION TO OUR CHILDREN
        IS REMARKABLE.

  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

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 AND ALL OF OUR ACTIONS SUPPORT
           THIS BELIEF.

OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR NOW AND OUR
             FUTURE.

 WE ARE IN AWE OF THEIR TALENTS.

WE ARE BLINDED BY THEIR BRILLANCE,

WE ARE INSPIRED BY THEIR INTELLECT
               AND

   WE ARE BETTER INDIVIDUALS FOR
    HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO
 INTERACT WITH THEM EACH DAY TO
  TEACH THEM AND TO WATCH THEM
              GROW.

   OUR CHILDREN ARE PRECIOUS.

 WE HOLD THEM DEAR AND NEAR TO
           OUR HEART.

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WE TRIUMP IN THEIR JOY, WE BASK IN
 THEIR REFLECTIVE GLORY, AND WE
  SUPPORT THEM DURING TIMES OF
            TRAGEDY.

   WE BELIEVE IN OUR CHILDREN.

 WE LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY
             AND

THEY GIVE US HOPE. THEY ARE A PART
              OF US.

OUR CHILDREN ARE DEPENDING ON US.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS “IT’S ABOUT THE
          CHILDREN”.

AND NOW I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO
WATCH THIS VIDEO THAT HIGHLIGHTS
         OUR CHILDREN.
          (SHOW VIDEO)

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          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.



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    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

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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
                  tribulations.

           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.

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     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

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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.




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