TIS Principal's Corner


Principal Chad Terry

Principal Terry

Telluride Intermediate School

December 2018

Dear Parents:

I hope this letter finds you well.  With Winter Break right around the corner, I need to give everyone a couple of quick reminders and share a few thoughts with you.  First, Friday, December 21st is the official end of the 1st Semester.  This will be a half day with a noon dismissal.  Busses will run at that time and no lunch will be served.  The afternoon is time reserved for teachers to complete Report Cards.  Since it is the end of the Semester, all students will receive a full, standards based report card as soon as we return to school in January.

In addition, please remember that Winter/Ski PE begins the first Wednesday back from Winter Break, January 9th.  The program then runs every Wednesday for 5 weeks and will conclude on Wednesday, February 6th.  On days of Winter PE, please make sure your student is to school on time – remembering that traffic will be quite heavy on these days.  Shelley has sent out a great deal of information regarding procedures for Ski PE so please read thoroughly to make sure that your student is prepared.

Lastly, as you are aware, all students at TIS practice a variety of Character Traits throughout the year.  These traits are sponsored by our Student Leaders and are one way that we continue to support Social Emotional Learning.  We began the school year with Growth Mindset, then moved on to Self – Control in October, and are currently practicing Gratitude.  I am very proud of how all of our students have responded to the practice of these character traits.

In starting the year with Growth Mindset, we consistently stressed the message that with enough time, effort, and perseverance, students can show growth with any skill.  I also believe this is where we come in as parents and teachers.  For kids to learn to grow, they need to acquire grit and have the ability to persevere, particularly when things get challenging.  Often times as adults we are too quick to step in to rescue or save our students from struggle and difficulty.  Our kids will learn the most through struggle as they overcome challenges.

Angela Lee Duckworth is a former teacher and current psychologist who has put in a ton of time and effort studying grit and perseverance.  I love this quote from a recent article written about her: When parents ask what else they can do to build grit in their children, Duckworth suggests doing less.  ‘The ritual is to ask yourself what you cannot do.  What is it I am doing for my kids that I cannot do, like run to school when they forget a book, fold their clothes for them when they haven’t, rush to meet them at the door with their lunch?’ says the mother of two.  ‘I’m guilty of all these things.  As parents, we always want to think what more can I do, but for some parents, it is also what you can’t do.’”  Here at TIS, we are constantly pushing our students to learn and grow and that comes through struggle.  Every day we are striving to empower our students to learn to do more for themselves by displaying grit.  I would also really encourage everyone to watch Angela Lee Duckworth’s Ted Talk at the link below:

https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

In closing, we truly appreciate all of your love and support.  We are so privileged to work with all of these amazing students every day and we hope that everyone has a wonderful Winter Break and can spend time with loved ones.  Enjoy these days leading up to Winter Break and then we will see everyone in the new year.

 

Respectfully,

Chad Terry

Intermediate School Principal

Telluride School District R – 1

 

 


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