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During the month of November, we are reminded of the many things for which we should be thankful.  I enjoy this time of year because it allows me an opportunity to reflect on many things.  It is easy to become distracted by the everyday events that we encounter and to focus on the negative items.  I’ve come to realize that when I focus on those items for which I am thankful, suddenly, the negative items are not as big of a challenge as I had originally thought. I’ve listed some items for which I am thankful below:

  1. CCAS Teachers.  Our teachers have not chosen this job because of a paycheck or summer vacations.  Our teachers choose this occupation because they feel a calling to make a difference in the lives of the children in our CCAS community.
  2. CCAS Staff. Our staff communicate and collaborate like a well-oiled machine.  I know that decisions are made each day to ensure our operations are running flawlessly and I can trust them to make the appropriate decisions to keep our school running efficiently and to keep our students safe.
  3. Community. The sense of community at CCAS is a rarity.  I’ve worked in many schools in my career and the CCAS school community is something to be treasured.  Parents, teachers, and staff work together as a team for the betterment of our children.  We are proud of our school and we are happy to share the accomplishments of CCAS with others.
  4. Strong Educational Foundation. Our families are looking for a choice for their child. Our school is chosen because of the strong educational foundation and high standards. Many times, families have shared how their children were not challenged elsewhere but they have found what they were looking for when they came to CCAS.

Last week we announced a significant increase in our state scores.  Our scores increased more than eleven percentage points and we outscored Coweta County School System by more than seven points.  It is clear to me that the teachers, staff, community and our strong educational foundation are key to our improvement.  The CCAS community works together as a team for the betterment of our children and it is apparent CCAS is seeing the fruits of our efforts.

As we continue through the Thanksgiving season, I challenge you to make a list for which you are thankful.  It won’t make your challenges go away, but it will make them seem insignificant compared to your list of thanksgivings.