Our School Our Future Pledge for 2013

With the 2013 new year, join the pledge to make a difference in your school.   Hundreds have joined.  Join the pledge and change your school today.

About Our School Our Future Pledge- Principal Principles wants winning schools and for all  students to receive quality education by strengthening the school's leaders. Let's Stand Strong for Education.  Sign this pledge that you will support quality education in your schools and be committed to being a stronger leader.  

Did You Know:  

More than 1.2 million students in the U.S. drop out of school every year.

Of the 13 million students that live in poverty today, only 1 in 10 will graduate from college.

Pledge today to make a difference.  Sign your name to this pledge that you are committed to excellence and will provide quality education in your school.


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Things That Matter the Most

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.  

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two “root beers” from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things- your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions. And if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else- the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first there would be no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that matter the most- the things that are critical for your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit your grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play more.

Take care of the golf balls first- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised their hand and inquired what the “root beer” represented. The root beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of “root beers” with a friend.


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It Takes Courage

The video below is of a fourth grade girl.  She is about to experience her first ski jump.  She has courage and what it takes to accomplish this goal.

As several people have pointed out it's more about the emotions and facing your fears and overcoming them, than the jump itself.  The jump is not small.  The launch is a good 6 feet high and it crosses a Cat Track before the landing slope starts-at a guess a good 8 feet horizontal.

If you listen closely, someone beside her says these words: "The longer you wait, you will be more scared."  This is what we all experience when we are faced with something new or change.  However, we just need to take that jump.  It can be a lot of fun.

Do you have the courage to face your fears?

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