2019 Retreat

DTS Team Photo

Nick – from Johnny Terrell

I’d like to thank you for coming by on short notice and cleaning up my computer and getting me back up and running.  I have been so impressed with your responsiveness and professionalism.  It’s people like you who make this such a great school district!

Team Huddle: September 13, 2019

As the busyness of the start of the school year settles down, it’s good to reflect on how to manage our energy. This huddle focused on being mindful of our personal needs. We started with movement activities to bring the energy up, followed by a short meditation to center ourselves and focus our awareness on gratitude.

Here are a few pics and a link to our mindfulness meditation.

Team Huddle: August 23, 2019

This summer, DTS team members participated in a department book study on the book “Get Better” by Todd Davis, Chief People Officer at Franklin Covey.

At our August huddle, we wrapped up our book study with a summary activity. Teams of 3-4 people each selected a chapter and discussed the “What? So What? Now What?” for that chapter’s topic. We’ve created a slide deck to share our insights that you’ll see displayed on our Culture Wall here at DTS in upcoming months.

In other news:

Springy was passed from Sean Shepard to Nick McCormick

Above and Beyond Cards are being sent to our colleagues in O&M as a thank you for their work to update our HVAC system.

Q&Q: July 29, 2019

The start of another school year is an important time, so I hope this quote/story/monologue helps underscore YOUR importance. It’s a long one, but it’s also a video. You can watch from time index 0:20 through 2:10 or read the transcript below.

Continue Reading Q&Q: July 29, 2019

Q&Q: July 22, 2019

‘Leadership Freak’ Dan Rockwell encourages “everyone to dance on the outer fringes of their strengths.”

What new activity or practice might you pursue (or are you pursuing) this month, whether personally or professionally, to help you grow?

Dennis and Lorraine – from Kim Wiggins

Wiggins, Kimberly <wiggins_kimberly@svvsd.org>
Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 7:39 AM
To: “Baxter, Lorraine” <baxter_lorraine@svvsd.org>, Moore Dennis <Moore_Dennis@stvrain.k12.co.us>
Cc: Patrick Mount <mount_james@svvsd.org>, Michelle Bourgeois <bourgeois_michelle@svvsd.org>

Dennis and Lorraine – when I needed help for reporting and student data from IC into Alpine last week, you both helped me immediately, and on a Friday … Dennis I even believe it was your day off. Lorraine, you respond so quickly and even after hours – I don’t expect that to happen all the time at night and I don’t want people working all hours, but sometimes these things come up that are outside our normal work days etc, and it was really amazing you recognized how important it was and were willing to help anyways. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your time and support. 
Kimberly T. Wiggins
Assessment Coordinator

Q&Q: July 15, 2019

Author and speaker George Curros measures daily success according to these three questions:

1. Did I learn one new thing today?
2. Did I help or inspire one person?
3. Did I show gratitude to someone who has had a positive impact on me?

What criterion do you use to determine the success of your day?

Q&Q: July 8, 2019

We are all reading – and daily aspiring to – “Get Better.” In Chapter 2 (Wear Glasses that Work), author Todd Davis quotes his colleague Dr. Stephen Covey:

If you want to make minor changes in your life,
work on your behavior.
If you want significant, quantum breakthroughs,
work on your paradigms.

Describe a paradigm shift that you have made. How has this resulted in a breakthrough in your life?

Q&Q: July 1, 2019

In his farewell message to DTS, Joe McBreen challenged us, “When asked what you do, you respond with┬ásomething like ‘I enrich education by leading _____‘ rather┬áthan telling them your job title.”

Based on Joe’s challenge, how do you answer, “What do you do?”