Three weeks ago, Mr. John Edgar, the Superintendent of Logan Elm Schools showed up in my classroom. Needless to say, this unannounced visit was a surprise and a little unnerving. However, it was all good news.
Due to all of the snow days in February, Logan Elm had to make up five days of school. After a staff vote, the decision was made to attend of four Saturdays. Hadley, a Reading Workshop student questioned this decision, wondering why students weren't part of the decision making.
As we discussed this issue, I suggested Hadley contact Mr. Edgar about her concern. She sent him an email, and he responded almost immediately. He explained his position, and the factors regarding the decision. You can read all of the details on Hadley's Planet. Amazingly though, Mr. Edgar didn't stop there. He visited the classroom just to let Hadley know he appreciated her concerns, and thanked her for writing.
This morning, on a make-up Saturday, the Superintendent visited again. Two weeks ago we got 20 new Dell Computers (You can read some of the students' thoughts about that at Hannah's Hideout.) Four Reading Workshop students, Ian, Josh, Micah, and Eric helped install these computers and others throughout the school. Mr. Edgar stopped by just to thank these students for their help.
This is a remarkable example of leadership at its finest. I appreciate having a superintendent of this district that cares enough to help students feel successful and takes the time to let them know.