Thursday, February 25, 2016

Culture of Excellence Award: Ann Johnson and Deryl Keith

(L-R) Transportation Manager Wayne Norton, Ann Johnson, Deryl Keith, Bookman Road Elementary Principal Kendra Hill and Bookman Road teacher Paige Malone
Ann Johnson and Deryl Keith are a dynamic duo indeed! Bookman Road Elementary School Principal Kendra Hill's nomination says it all.

For several years now this pair, the driver and monitor on Special Needs Bus No. 7, have contributed so much to the Bookman Road and Richland Two communities. They are patient and kind and bring great joy to the students who ride on their bus each day. Patience and sense of humor are two life skills they share with their students. They are invested in ensuring that the students have a good start to their day, and they understand the significance of the role they play in making sure that happens. It is very rare to encounter either in a bad mood.These two laugh with the students and staff and take the time to get off the bus to greet others within the school building.

Mr. Keith is affectionately known as "Papa Duck," because he personally gets off the bus and walks each of his preschool students to their classrooms  on the other side of campus each and every day. They cling to him like a grandpa. He leads the way, holding some by the hand and with others following close behind like his "little ducklings." A proud military veteran, Mr. Keith also participates in Bookman Road's annual Veteran's Day breakfast and celebration.

Ms. Johnson and Mr. Keith's presence was missed when they were temporarily reassigned to a group of students who could find their own way and didn't necessarily want to be escorted to class. Our little preschool students were assigned to another bus and no longer had their special guide. Thankfully our prayer was heard, and this year they are back with their babies.

A special thanks to Mr. Keith and Ms. Johnson for a job well done and for continuing to contribute to the sense of community and joy at Bookman Road!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Next Community Conversation March 10!

We've been learning a lot and enjoying discussing diversity with the community at the Community Conversations. We want to hear from you! #CommunityConversations #DiversityMatters.

Diversity Spotlight: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

"I would want a younger child looking at me on the cover (of Time Magazine) to see themselves, to see endless opportunities, to see possibilities that maybe they never even thought they could attain. I want them to be able to see dreams through me," Misty Copeland. - Time For Kids Magazine

In June 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer­ in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the world’s leading ballet companies. It is an unlikely story of a girl from a single-parent household who stumbled upon a free ballet class at a Boys and Girls Club at the age of 13. During Black History Month, Richland Two celebrates the achievements of ground-breaking men and women like Copeland.

She has written books about her experiences and works to bring top ballet training to communities where it has not been available. Watch Copeland talk about her life in dance and the impact she hopes to have.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Community Conversations begin February 17. Come talk to us!

Sign up today to be Principal for a Day!

Fill out the form below to participate in Principal for a Day on March 8, 2016! Feel free to check other boxes for ways to get involved with Richland Two. #R2PFAD16