Archive of Core Values

The Burden

on May 6th, 2013 in Blog by | 2 Comments

Last weekend I was reminded of the care and caution needed with raising young Black men. My sons have been involved with a local Boy Scout troop for the last five years.  My eldest joined the scout troop at the beginning of sixth grade and my younger two sons followed…

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Thank You to Our Teachers from Jocie and Finn

on April 25th, 2013 in Blog by | 2 Comments

Recognizing Talent

on April 5th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

This year, my youngest son was admitted into the district Extended Learning Program (ELP), a program for students identified as gifted and talented.  Almost immediately upon hearing the news, he remarked, “Wow…I’m the smartest Nyberg, besides you and Dad, of course.”  Ever since then, I’ve wondered about the messages we…

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Why We Retreat as a Team

on March 29th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

On Monday, the West Wind Education Policy team – including our colleague who telecommutes from 2 hours away – gathered in the West Wind offices for a staff retreat.  We do this twice yearly and spend one to two days working together side-by-side.  During this retreat we spent the first…

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What We Are Doing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

on January 17th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983 legislation was signed declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In 1994 Congress designated MLK Day as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, a…

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A Good Read for the Start of the 2012 School Year

on August 29th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

As students enter their school buildings this August, it is timely to think about what the start of the school year was like fifty-five years ago when Elizabeth Eckford and eight other students who were the first black students to enroll in Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  I…

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Back to School

on August 21st, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Mandi: Today I saw another one of the big differences between a Kindergartener and a 2nd Grader: the Kindergartener kisses Mom profusely, yells bye, and gives Mom and Dad a high five; the 2nd Grader blushes profusely when Mom tries for a kiss, waves bye shyly, and rolls his eyes…

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Olympic chatter chastising a champion

on August 8th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

I have easily watched more television since the Olympics began on July 27 than I have since July of last year. It is so easy to just keep watching event after event. The command athletes have over their sports, their bodies, and their minds is evident and addictive to watch…

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Caine’s Arcade

on August 2nd, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Watching a popular video clip on YouTube typically causes me to laugh at a clever bit of irony or to groan at some ridiculous slapstick. More often than not, clips involve cute babies, funny pets, or somebody falling down and being embarrassed – far from intellectually challenging. I recently watched…

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Brain Food: New National School Lunch Program Standards

on July 24th, 2012 in Blog by | 2 Comments

For students returning to school this fall lunch in the cafeteria will look different. That’s because the upcoming school year marks the beginning of the new Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. The regulations, unveiled in January of this year by First Lady Michelle Obama…

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