Our New Year’s resolution
Happy New Year!
Like many, I have made my resolutions and am already challenged to stay true to my commitments. My wife, Erin, and I joined a gym. We substituted water (and lots of it) for soda. And we are trying to cook decent meals for family dinners as often as our busy schedule permits. It is not easy, but it is rewarding to build in positive habits that keep me moving forward.
Likewise, at school, we are in an annual period of renewal, re-focus, and re-charging. Many workplaces have wellness programs, and I am sure there is a “Biggest Loser” contest at an office near you. However, these take on a little different context when your work is in service of others. We cannot truly give our best if we are not at our best. Our teachers, aides, secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, cashiers and custodians have the important charge of making a difference for every student, every day. This is a great responsibility, and comes with its own unique set of stressors. Add on to that the normal burden of everyday life outside of work, and there is the potential for us not to be the best we possibly can.
At the Loveland City School District, we have several activities planned this month to help our Tiger Team achieve their healthy goals. This week and next we are holding biometric screenings for all staff members to provide them with baseline information in order to make healthy decisions. Next week, we kick off Fit is Fun - a two-month contest that challenges our teachers and students to be healthy, fit and energetic. I know how hard it can be to stay the course, so we do whatever we can to support our people.
As you start 2015, I wish nothing but the best and hope that you are able to stick with the resolutions you made. As the assistant superintendent for human resources, there is one resolution I can assure you I will maintain – to do all I can to keep our Tiger Team in top shape for the students we serve this New Year and every year after.