MCSD Whiteboard: Pride in your school
It’s Homecoming Week, and that means it’s a week of fun, memories and pride in Moffat County schools.
It’s not a hard argument to make that school pride or school spirit are, as many a middle or high schooler might say, “lame” or “dumb” or “pointless.” But let’s make a Homecoming argument instead why Bulldog Pride is actually quite the opposite.
Pride in your school shouldn’t be about believing you’re better than anybody else. As much as we enjoy a spirited rivalry in sports and other pursuits with the schools you find a few miles east on Highway 40, that’s for fun. Bulldog Pride isn’t about being better than Sailors or Tigers. It’s about being the best we can possibly be.
Bulldog Pride is about seeing your school as an extension and a critical element of your home, and wanting it to be great. Bulldog Pride is about understanding that, in a place like this, the schools are perhaps the biggest driver of community, connection and future success, and wanting to be a part of ensuring that all of that thrives.
Bulldog Pride is about wanting the best for yourself and working toward achieving it through your school, and it’s about wanting the best for your friends, family, neighbors and town and participating in making that possible.
Bulldog Pride isn’t about believing we are already great and so we can stop. It’s about confidence that we can always get better, that we must, and that we will. And it’s about putting your shoulder to the wheel to make that happen.
Bulldog Pride is showing up. It’s showing up for your classmates, for your children, for your students, for your teachers, for your neighbors and for your city. It’s showing up at meetings, showing up to volunteer, showing up to join the fight for better. It’s showing up with tools in hand and ready to work. It’s knowing that if you don’t show up, we might not have enough to get the job done.
Bulldog Pride is expecting excellence, looking for the good, believing in people’s best intentions and finding solutions. It’s not about accepting unacceptable results, but it is about understanding what’s leading to those results and working to identify a way to fix that. It’s about demanding accountability while taking responsibility.
Bulldog Pride is building a culture that expects our students to thrive. The truth is, whether we build that culture or not, we need them to thrive in order for our future to be bright, so we might as well build the culture. It’s not taking no for an answer when kids don’t succeed, and it’s ensuring they get another better chance to get where they and we need them to get. It’s creating a world where success is valued, and where the path to success is paved and maintained by all, to ensure the best chance it is driven well.
Bulldog Pride is pride in Craig and Moffat County. It’s believing this place matters. It’s believing it is great, can be great, and will be great. Bulldog Pride is building our home from the ground up and from the inside out. It’s what we need if we’re going to thrive. And it’s what’s going to take us through this time of historic transition into the future we want and need.
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