Written by Todd Simmons, Principal at Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS and Region 6 Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors. Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS was recently ranked 19th state-wide on the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools list.
As I walk in and out of classrooms, or up and down the hallways throughout the school day, it does not take very long to realize just how fortunate I am to be at Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS. From passionate educators to positive students, and from innovative support staff to ultra-supportive parents; I am at a place where vision can truly become reality.
Celebrating the 30th year anniversary of our organization at the 25th annual MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership State Conference, student and adviser leaders alike came together from all across the state to join in celebration and advancement of critical skill sets in leadership.
One of the many great things about working in education is that there is time for reflection at the end of each school year and excitement around planning for the next. Let’s spend a little time reflecting on how things went during the 2015-16 school year and thinking about what we may need/want to do over the summer in terms of professional learning for 2016-17.
The week started out crazy and ended crazier with the House Appropriations Committee meeting for three hours on Tuesday morning and reporting out a package of Detroit schools restructuring bills—some by tight margins—that seems more aimed at sending a message to Detroit teachers than advancing a package of bills that have a chance at becoming law.
The House met through the night on Wednesday and well into Thursday morning before they were able to rally the votes they needed to pass a package of bills that would restructure the Detroit Public Schools. The bills contain a number of provisions that seems more focused on reprimanding Detroit educators for recent school closings than actually fixing the district's problems. Thus, while passage of these bills moves the process forward, they may accomplish little else since their reception in the Senate and by the Governor seems chilly so far.