Welcome Back Staff – 2018

Hello Monticello High School!

I am looking forward to beginning an amazing year with each of you. Over the last four years I wrote to you about the importance of joy in our life and work. To refer back to my previous letters, joy is, by definition; “The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” The concept of “flow” is explained; “The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.” We experience joy through meaningful work. We desire to be engaged in meaningful work that will result in joy because we each pursue happiness. As you can discern, joy and happiness is not something that can be given, it is something that you create in your effort. Joy may be inspired by others, but it requires the individual to make meaning of it for themselves and apply it meaningfully to their own life.

I continue to refer back to this concept because we build our lives around specific concepts whether we are aware of it or not. I bring the concept of joy to the forefront of our consciousness because it is similar to love and these are powerful forces that can drive us to do great things in our lives for ourselves and for others. This is what is so powerful and miraculous about being in education. We change the lives and transform the futures of others through the gift of education. We equip students with the knowledge and
skills to make the world a better place. What we do is of enormous importance and I am grateful to be here at Monticello High School serving in this effort with you. When we find joy in our effort, the success will happen. Conversely, when we achieve success we generate greater joy in our lives. As is evidenced by our successes, we are generating momentum towards achieving greater joy in our lives and inspiring joy in the lives of others.

To help achieve greater success we will continue to strengthen the way we do things. We will sharpen our focus on our three district core values that are Lead, Inspire, and T.H.I.N.K. We will continue to Lead & Listen, Inspire Boldness, and T.H.I.N.K. in our actions. These are the traits that will result in
the development of new ideas, the implementation of more successful plans, and the strengthening of positive relationships. In addition, we will be intentionally infusing the Life Ready traits into our daily practice. The intentionality of our efforts will result in the increased results we aspire to achieve. Most things we desire to happen do not happen by accident. We need to be intentional!

I am humbled daily by the challenge of being intentional to improve my life and the lives of others. It is exhausting and it is worth it. Being intentional is what has led us to continually improve student outcomes and our school. We will continue to develop this skill in our efforts because it works. With time, we grow stronger in our ability to affect, inspire, and influence positive changes. The work we do saves lives and transforms the futures of kids who may look grown up physically but might be years behind socially or emotionally. It has been hard, it will be hard, and it will be worth it. Thank you for the heart and effort you pour into our students. We are in this together.

Most Sincerely,
Stephen Wilder

Conference Day Plan

September 4

*Teacher Aides do not report. All other professionals will report.
8:00 – 11:30 Building-Wide Meeting/Breakout Sessions
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 3:00 Individual Prep Time

September 5

*Students report. Sept. 5 will be a modified schedule with class meetings scheduled for the afternoon when our students attending BOCES will be available in the building. Schedule to follow in Outlook Calendar invite.