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September-October Letter

Letter from the Hoofprint

As I prepared for the new school year, I considered what was going to make this a successful year: for me, for our teachers, and most importantly, for our students.  This led to an interesting thought to which I really didn’t have an answer: “What is our students’ definition of success?"

Success is different for everyone in the school.  Some students want to get straight A’s, and some simply want to get better at things at which they aren’t that good.  No matter what, we can’t achieve our goals if we don’t define them.  So, as often as possible, we have discussed goals and success with our students this year.  It is really an interesting question to pose to people, “How will you know if you are successful.”

As an administrator, teacher, and coach, I know that success means the people I am working with are accomplishing their goals.  It is up to me to help them achieve their goals, and put them in a position to succeed.

As parents, community members and friends, one of the most beneficial things we can do for our young people is to encourage goal setting, and then help them achieve their goals.  Help them develop plans to be successful and encourage them to be flexible on their way to achieving success.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the school, academics, activities, our expectations and policies, or to share in the process of preparing our students to be successful, please don’t hesitate to stop in and talk, or give us a call.


Derek Ippensen
K-12 Principal, Activities Director
Shickley Public School