Superintendent Message

August 2018

Mike Nelson

Wisdom begins in wonder.

This summer we have had the joy of having our niece and nephew spend several days with us in Enumclaw. They live in Olympia and attend Olympia High School. On one weekend, we only had our niece Maya. Unfortunately for her, she had the opportunity to "experience Uncle Mike as a teacher and planner." Casually, she said she would like to attend Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! I was "all in" and started singing the title song, much to her chagrin! Here's when the teacher in me came out . . .

• Have you seen the first movie?
• Do you know much about ABBA?
• Do you know how this became a movie?
• Do you know Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan or Cher?

The answer was "no" to all questions. I shared we simply can't go to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! without answering yes (with extended answers) to all the questions and any additional ones I might think of before we attend the movie. After a slight roll of her eyes, she became engaged and eager to find out the answers to these very simple questions. It seemed that each time she found out information, additional wondering questions were generated. Even though I was the "teacher," I found myself engaged and eager to learn alongside Maya. I discovered I had a lot to learn about Mamma Mia even though I was the one to ask the original set of questions. Maya was quick to point this out to me! The few days leading up to see the new Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! movie will now be known as Maya's Mamma Mia Memory!

Our word for this year is wonder. It's a perfect word that fits beautifully with our strategic plan and our mission and theory of action of supporting all of our students to be excited, engaged and inquisitive in the learning process. Finding when we discover a new learning, this information often leads to new wonderings.

I also want to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to our Community Breakfast. Dr. Pedro Noguera will share his insights about equity on August 28th in the Enumclaw Middle School Library while guests enjoy a light breakfast. Please call (360) 802-7102 to RSVP. The second event we would love to see you at is the New Teacher Breakfast hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on August 27th. Call the Chamber to RSVP.

In Partnership with you,

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