A Message from Mr. Olson
Life is like a journey on a train with various stops, delays, and route changes. At birth we boarded the train and met our parents and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train such as siblings, friends, colleagues, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent memory. Some, however, will go unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, dreams, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
As a District and as a community, we have faced many challenges this past year. However, we were lucky to have such amazing people that stood by our sides through it all. As a community, we have learned how to deal with adversity to not only help ourselves but to serve others in a way we have never done before. No matter how hard we try, the adversity has happened and it can’t be erased. As a District, we have become that shining light that everyone wants to be around because adversity is only TEMPORARY but the influence on our students is FOREVER!
Our student’s needs and wellbeing have been the focus of our attention throughout each tragedy. Our caring staff has gone to great lengths to assist students through the grief process while struggling personally with the same situations. I wish there were words, steps, or processes that could ease the pain that is being felt on so many levels by so many people. Unfortunately, there is no such thing other than knowing, Together WE will get through this”.
Our community is hurting and as a District, we are committed to help in any manner possible. We care about each student and each staff member and their wellbeing. As always, please contact your child’s school and communicate their needs to us so we can lend a helping hand.
As a good reminder please…..
- Realize that everyone deals with death, loss, and tragedies differently. ...
- Open up and talk about it when you're ready. ...
- Be authentic and as it is ok to share your feelings. …
- Allow your friends, family, and colleagues to be there for you. ...
- Reach out as we are here to help you. …
This past year, staff throughout the District rallied together to help our students, colleagues, and families through these difficult times. As students, educators, and parents, we wrestle with the "why" when a child is lost too soon. The level of collaboration, communication, and kindness throughout these situations is unmatched. I could not be more proud of how our staff has responded in our students’ time of need. Unfortunately, situations like these create more questions than there are answers and sometimes the level of frustration and anger is directed in a manner that is not intended. The events of this past year have created an emotional instability with many of our students, staff, and our community as a whole.
The steps taken and the gratitude we feel to the New Richmond community will continue well past today and together we move on with the healing process. As a community, we continue to find new ways to collaborate not only within our District walls but also with outside agencies, businesses, and service organizations. You can classify the different groups coming together but the level of collaboration which will ultimately bring about change is what New Richmond has done. We should all be proud with how this community continues to rally on behalf of our students, staff, and families.
The New Year lies ahead with students to lead and adventures to be had. May each of you and your families find fulfillment and joy all year long!
The School District of New Richmond
Tiger Times 2017-18
The School District of New Richmond has taken many steps to construct a strategic plan which is built on the foundation of our Core Purpose: Inspire every student to learn to his or her potential.
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The School District of New Richmond has taken many steps to construct a strategic plan which is built on the foundation of our Core Purpose: Inspire every student to learn to his or her potential. This is further supported by our Core Values: of excellence, respect, integrity, learning, passion, diversity and collaboration.