Staff Appreciation Week – May 4-8, 2015

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on May 3, 2015

Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 4.18.50 PMEvery year at this time, we pause to acknowledge you, the committed staff of Salisbury Township School District, for the quality work you do to support our students and families. One of the best parts of being in our new roles as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent is the opportunity to engage with so many of you on a daily basis – teachers, principals, administrators, instructional assistants, secretaries, custodians and maintenance workers, cafeteria workers, computer technicians, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, nurse assistants, social worker, bus drivers, coaches, activity advisers and school board members. Working with you is energizing, and seeing the impact of your work creates a wonderful sense of pride in our small but mighty district. Each of you is an integral part of the Salisbury tapestry, individually and collectively providing and supporting the best learning opportunities for our students and making Salisbury a great place to live and work. We want to thank each of you for your special contribution to make Salisbury a thriving community and place to learn!
It’s easy to feel appreciative for everyone who makes up the Salisbury staff. Here are just a few thoughts:
  1. You make a difference. Every day we hear stories of how our staff goes the extra mile – to provide a unique learning opportunity, to provide extra support for a struggling learner, to welcome a new family, to work with a colleague to solve a problem, and on and on. Your everyday efforts add up over the course of the year to make a huge difference in the lives of our students, our families and the culture of our school district.
  2. Whatever it takes philosophy. State initiatives such as Educator Effectiveness and state testing come to mind, but the “whatever it takes” philosophy applies to all aspects of our district such as meeting federal food guidelines and addressing tech issues ASAP. Because you know in the long run what we do ultimately benefits our students and families, you consistently pull together and get the work done.
  3. Continuous improvement. How do we support the improved achievement of our students? How do we lead our teaching and learning initiative more effectively? How do we better understand how to work with challenging learners? How do we provide a safe, clean learning environment for staff and students? We are a community that is constantly seeking to improve and asking the questions to get there.
  4. Always smiling. No matter where we go throughout the district, there is an infectious, positive energy. Salisbury is a great place to be and work – a “hidden gem.” There are warm, welcoming smiles and conversations wherever we go!
  5. Loyalty. Loyalty… “a strong feeling of support or allegiance.” We often hear from staff just what a great place Salisbury is to work. It truly is! Whether you’ve been here 20 years or 20 days, you are invested in making this a great place to be.
Now it’s your turn. What reasons do you have for celebrating the outstanding Salisbury staff this week – and all year? Leave your ideas in the comments. We look forward to seeing you this week and beyond to celebrate your contribution to Salisbury!

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