Superintendent's Update

 

Mr. Nix

Oliver Plumb was a Navy Officer who flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as “TOP GUN.” On his 75th mission, his plane was shot down in Vietnam. He parachuted successfully to avoid death, but unfortunately fell into enemy hands. Years later, after he was released from captivity, he met a man in a restaurant who recognized him. The man he met was the man who packed the parachute that helped him survive. The moral of this story is that there are people all around us, both known and unknown, who “pack our parachutes'' helping us along life's journey. These “parachute packers” make our lives so much better and they deserve our gratitude and thankfulness.

This time of year reminds me of all the “packers” in my life; individuals of whom I am forever grateful. I am so thankful for my family. I have been unbelievably blessed with an incredible wife of 28 years. She is my number one parachute packer. I’m also thankful for my two amazing daughters. I could not be more proud of them. I am thankful for the honor of serving this community as superintendent of schools. I will never take for granted the trust you have placed in me. I’m thankful for each of our employees who have committed their lives to developing our children to be good citizens and leaders of the future.

I am also grateful to the Board of Education who dedicate their time to serve the families of Catoosa County. I am thankful they care so deeply about every employee. I appreciate that they approved raises this year for every employee in our amazing system! I am thankful that our board chooses to fund both a nurse and an SRO for each of our CCPS schools. This is a truly wonderful benefit not offered in many school districts. We are so fortunate.

Melody Beattie said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Gratefulness is so powerful, for both the giver and the receiver. As we come to the end of 2022, my challenge to each of you is to identify 5 people who make your life better and be intentional about telling them how grateful you are for them. Thank them for packing your parachute. The simple act of saying thank you is so small and takes only a few seconds of our time, but we can never truly measure the difference it can make in someone’s life.

BONUS: I am pleased to announce the launch of our CCPS app for cell phones! The app is a great way to stay connected and is easy for you to use to keep track of all the great things going on in your child’s school. Please click here for instructions on how to download the CCPS mobile app.


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Catoosa County Public Schools will prepare every child to reach their full potential, so they graduate prepared to be good citizens and leaders of the future.

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Catoosa County Public Schools is a student-focused learning community, where excellence is expected from staff and students, every day, without exception.

Value Promise

Every child, every day, without exception.