The 2008-2009 school year had already begun the week after school ended. The media team (Jocelyn, Karen, Eric, JB and myself) immediately began brainstorming about our new theme from different locations from vacation spots all over the U.S. From the back porch of a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains I started dreaming with artist extraordinaire, Karen Willett (from her pool in Jacksonville) and amazing set designer, Jocelyn (from her mama’s in Ashland, Alabama), not to mention my family.
I just love cell phones, don’t you?
Anyway, every year, our school carries a different theme to provide vision and build community for the students and teachers. In year’s past we have had “Mission Possible..No Kid Left Behind,” “Lights, Camera, Action…It’s Showtime,” “Blazing the Trail… 100% or bust,” “Performance Drives Success…the race is on,” and “Dreams Begin Here…Dream, Dare, Do.” Our Principal, visionary, Susan Phillips announces the theme the last day of the school to the faculty so they can prepare for the first day of school.
To give you an idea of what we do before the year begins, the Media Team plans the events, decorates the foyer and media center and creates an environment where students can feel free to dream culminating into a truly amazing experience.
The theme for this upcoming school year has certainly been a challenge, however we love it. Our video producer, the amazing Eric Blair always comes through with such a dramatic flair and he introduced the theme via video.
Chets Creek Elementary (Around the World in 180 days…The virtual learning adventure begins here)
Each grade level will represent a continent, so the school will become a multicultural experience. I can’t wait to see how it will all come together. List of things to find: old trunks, maps, countries’ flags, artifacts from different countries, and oh so much more. We are just beginning!
See you soon!
The Book Fairy