Thoughts to our Dragon Family from Dr. Hanzlicek…..As I started to reflect and think about where we are headed in education and as a society in general, I recalled two events in my life that brought a warm smile. These were not memories of when my girls were born, or when they graduated, or even when they were married. Although those were important events in our lives, it was two other memories that came to my mind. The first memory was a snowstorm where we were snowed in on Christmas Eve and a few days following. My oldest daughter had come home from college for Christmas and the quality time together is what I remember. We piled in the truck elbow to elbow, squashed in like sardines. My husband had a plow on the truck and we were headed into town to help our neighbors. I remember laughing and enjoying this special time with my family. The second was an ice storm where we were without power for almost two weeks. No phone, no television, and spending time together is what I remember. It was times like these that allowed us to reconnect with our families and loved ones and really focus on the things that are important in our lives. These events allowed us to slow down and appreciate our community and why we live in Kansas. My parents taught me that it was times like this that we need to come together and help one another. We are in those such times and these are my expectations of our Dragon PRIDE family. I witnessed this today as staff and volunteers handed out and delivered 123 meal bags to children. What can you do to help others in this time of need?
The governor closed our facility for the rest of the school year. This includes our playgrounds. However, we have not closed instruction for the year. Our staff is working hard to be ready to deliver instruction to all USD #338 students starting Monday, March 30th. The instruction provided in the future will look different and it will have to be a team effort. It will be a new educational environment for our teachers, students, and parents or guardians. There are many things that excite me about the possibilities but I also know the unknown can be scary. We will have to ask that our parents be much more hands-on in their child(ren)’s education. I know that our parents will be adjusting to new work schedules or routines so we will need to work as a team. Be patient with our staff as this is uncharted work for them also. A group of teachers will begin to sort through a plan to deliver instruction starting tomorrow. Mr. Brosa is working to determine how we can get electronic devices to our students and internet access. Each person I have worked with through this new challenge is showing a positive attitude and perseverance as we move forward. Once the small group of teachers we are working with tomorrow develop a plan, we will work with all staff to strengthen it for each individual student. Instruction will look different for different groups of students. An explanation of this plan will come late next week to parents and guardians.
To our Senior Class of 2020, we will find ways to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments. It will not look like it has in the past. However, on a positive note, you will be the first to set a new tradition and I am sure it will be great! Ms. Grey and I are open to ideas, so please email Ms. Grey with any ideas that come to mind. As we look toward celebrating graduation, know that Ms. Grey is open to out-of-the-box suggestions that still meet the KDHE guidelines. You are a brilliant class with a bright future. How can we showcase that to our public? We are looking forward to your thoughts and ideas.
As COVID-19 information continues to change day to day, please remember to be kind to one another and patient. Reach out and help those in our community if you can and be safe. #DragonPRIDE