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  • REFLECTION

    To begin with, I wish to express my gratitude to the incredible staff of GOALS Academy. Rather than buy you a trinket that ends up adding to the clutter in your life, Bill and I would like to invite the staff to our home on Sunday, June 11, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a time to enjoy each other’s company after our second year of e…[Read more]


  • Debbie Schroeder posted an update in the group Group logo of #SOCTT#SOCTT 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    For those who are problem solvers, the appreciative inquiry process can be challenging initially. However, the dreaming and delivering stages may help them to reconnect with the process as dreams are converted into action.

  • Debbie Schroeder posted an update in the group Group logo of #SOCTT#SOCTT 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    It’s great to be back among friends!!!

  • REFLECTION

    Good morning!

    Through reading our scholars’ essays and observing them in action, I believe our scholars have internalized what GOALS Academy is all about. This became especially evident when I visited Outdoor Science School on Thursday to check on our 6th graders. To begin with, 6th graders are not always the most demonstrative g…[Read more]

  • REFLECTION

    It was a nonstop day of catch-up work yesterday, with more work to complete today. Sometimes it’s necessary to put your nose to the grindstone and “git ‘er done.” This is one of those weekends. However, last night I chose to work on the Weekly Update outside with our fire pit blazing while listening to music with Bill and the pups. A…[Read more]

    • Debbie,

      I always appreciate your weekly posts–they are so inspiring and “revitalizing” as you would say! I agree with you that it’s a topic that I wrestle with often: “Why test for GATE at all?”

      I have wrestled with the two titles “GATE” and “Honors” for some time now, too. A host of issues, thoughts, complaints, compliments, questions and…[Read more]

      • Hi Tricia! Well stated! In reality, there would be no need for GATE identification if the school was truly strength-based. All scholars would be GATE in something. And, Honors Classes would be replaced by Interest Classes, where mentors would guide scholars in their areas of talents and passion. There wouldn’t be any extra “points” for pursuing…[Read more]

  • REFLECTION

    I hope you are all enjoying Spring Break with your favorite form of R & R! I have used the first part of the vacation for long walks with the pups, long runs with myself, long talks with Bill, and spring cleaning. Today, I pick up my brother and his girlfriend from Ohio at LAX, and we will be in tourist mode until Sunday, which is my…[Read more]

  • REFLECTION

    The Friday public drawing for GOALS Academy was an incredible affirmation of what we have co-created as a school community. We had sent a letter out to all families who had submitted Interest Forms because we were concerned we would have many disappointed parents at the drawing. Because of the sibling rule and the current waiting…[Read more]

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    • Debbie,

      Your words inspire. I agree with you completely that reading is the absolute best form of homework. My daughter reads voraciously, so even though we can not take her to all of the corners of the world to learn about all the different types and kinds of people, religions, social structures and more, she understands the human condition in…[Read more]

      • Thank you for the affirmation, Tricia! It’s sometimes the easiest ideas that are difficult to implement. There is so much “history” when it comes to homework, and it’s hard to let go of traditions. But, if we are brave and daring enough, we should be able to let go of traditional homework and grab onto a “let them read” approach. I have faith this…[Read more]

  • REFLECTION

    Thanks for everyone’s patience and understanding last week as I continued to be on the mend! While the cough still lingers, it’s much better. I may be able to laugh again without going into coughing convulsions! That would be wonderful! It’s amazing how what we take for granted can feel like such a blessing when it’s taken away, f…[Read more]


  • Debbie Schroeder posted an update in the group Group logo of #SOCTT#SOCTT 4 months, 1 week ago

    Good morning!

    I deeply apologize to the group for not being at the Expo. I came down with something that is going around our school. I was sicker than I have been in decades since last Wednesday. I finally relented and went to urgent care yesterday, and I feel like I’m now on the mend. I can certainly be stubborn sometimes when it comes to going…[Read more]

  • REFLECTIONS

    The miracles of medicine! I have never gone to urgent care except for a couple of broken bones, and I’m so grateful it exists. I went today after a fourth day of waking up with a temperature, headache, and cough. Armed with an arsenal of prescriptions, I feel I’m now on the path of recovery. I just wish I had gone in earlier. Wha…[Read more]

  • REFLECTION

    It was quite a week of nonstop action! As you all know and I only catch glimpses of, it’s challenging to balance your personal and professional life. I was asked to watch Bonnie, my thirteen-year-old niece from Ohio, while my sister-in-law headed to Australia to say her last good-byes to her father. Keeping Bonnie busy and e…[Read more]

  • Debbie Schroeder posted an update in the group Group logo of #SOCTT#SOCTT 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Good evening!

    I had an unexpected meeting with a highly distraught parent. I needed to take the time to listen deeply and provide support. It made me miss the Conference Call. My apologies! Hopefully, I can catch up on Sunday.

    Thanks!
    Debbie

  • REFLECTIONS

    Thanks for your participation last week during Read Across America. It was fun to see the staff dress up with the scholars with socks, hats, pajamas, destination shirts, and character costumes. It’s obvious that your own enthusiasm is contagious and inspires your scholars to participate with you. Now we need to build upon the m…[Read more]

  • REFLECTION

    I’m feeling REALLY good about our school! And, I don’t say this lightly! While I am always positive about our work because I know we’re putting forth our best efforts, I also have a vision of where we could be. It can be difficult to acknowledge the greatness of the present, while also striving for more in the future. All I can say i…[Read more]

  • REFLECTIONS

    Good morning!

    I hope this three-day weekend is providing you with some highly deserved R & R time! I know many of us have been fighting off illnesses of various forms. This is the nature of our work with our close contact with so many people. Please eat well, exercise consistently, sleep sufficiently, and have fun. Most of the time,…[Read more]


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