Wisdom From a D.C. Cab Driver

I’m writing this post at Reagan International Airport, after working with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in D.C. for the last three days as part of the Principal’s Standing Committee. My 15 minute cab ride from my hotel to the airport was with a driver named Mekonnen. The cab had two small American flags with stems placed…

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Memorial Day 2013

Living in the world of schools, certain “holidays” take on additional meaning. In elementary schools we take some pride in educating our young students in values that are common to almost all Americans. The public nature of what we do can be tricky – this comes up most often when we decide how “religious” our songs…

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MLK Day

I was a young child in the 1960s but I still remember the stress that year brought to my family.  In the tragic year of 1968,  I was seven years old, and while Laugh-In was the rage on TV with my friends when it debuted in January, the Vietnam War was heating up and the Civil Rights…

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A 9/11 Message to Elementary Students

Like many of you, my school, Harold Martin Elementary, has direct connections to 9/11. One of our teacher’s sons worked for a New Hampshire Senator and was actually in the White House at 8:46 AM that day. Another teacher’s husband was scheduled to fly American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World…

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My Favorite Vet

I first posted this three years ago. I’d like to re-post today on Veteran’s Day, in honor of Vic Carozza, my favorite Vet. I have a natural affinity for anything with knobs, buttons, keys, screens, speakers, and sliders, which began at 13 when I earned my ham radio license. My father, an electrical engineer, passed on his love…

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The Power of Patriotism

A few years ago a teacher in my building gently chided me for being a bit overzealous in my patriotic praise. During a June Flag Day ceremony I stated to the students and staff how fortunate we are to “live in the best nation in the world”. While I still believe that, I may have…

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Veteran’s Day

Earlier this week we commemorated Veteran’s Day very simply at HMS by having a hallway celebration, something we have done many times. At about 8:10 AM our staff and students proceeded out into their respective hallways and I went onto the intercom and gave a brief history of Veteran’s Day. Immediately after that, our morning custodian and…

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