HEMET – The school year is beginning, and the staff is working together to think of new ways to motivate each other as they enter the 2017-2018 school year. This year, Rancho Viejo Middle School’s administration team felt it was imperative to not only motivate staff, but for its entire staff to gain a better understanding of the students on campus.
As such, staff members traveled together to walk neighborhoods where Rancho Viejo students reside the Friday before school started. The activity was to show staff the challenges that students face on a daily basis. After walking through three neighborhoods, staff congregated back in the multipurpose room at school to discuss what they saw. Staff shared the difference it made walking through the neighborhoods that help them find a better understanding of challenges students face.
Principal Jonathon Workman encouraged everyone to reflect upon what they saw and think about different challenges their students face.
“Maybe teaching math and science isn’t the most important thing you can do for a kid; maybe it’s taking a moment to connect with them and make them feel valued,” Workman said to staff.
Workman told his team that after observing students on campus he gained valuable insight. He discovered that students haven’t set long-term goals for themselves, yet Rancho Viejo Middle School staff is preparing them for life after high school. In order to get students to think about the long-term goal of being college and career ready when they graduate, they need to have a better understanding of setting goals.
He set the year’s theme as “win the day,” hoping to challenge students to focus on succeeding one day at a time. At the meeting, staff members signed a pledge and committed to support each other and the students on campus in winning the day and eventually, winning the year.