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Working Together to Meet a Shared Goal
Welcome!  As I was thinking about what I'd like to share with everyone this month I began feeling stressed.  :-)  You see, it is at this point in the school year that I find myself wondering how I am going to get everything I need to get done completed before the holidays, breaks, and bad weather sets in.  I know I am not alone; my fellow educators feel the same time crunch and pressure as I do at this point in the school year.  We have sailed through the first few months of school, have dove into the curriculum, and are teaching those standards on a daily basis.  Sports and academics are in full swing and our kids are super busy.  Everyone starts getting tired and many feel overwhelmed.  It is at these times that we all need to remember that we are not alone.  We are all working together to meet the shared goal of seeing our kids succeed. 

I found an article from a few years ago that I had saved in my files and I think it is perfect for today.  Though the author is unknown the message is very powerful.  If we take the lessons of a goose to heart we will all fare better in long run.

The Goose Story

Each Fall when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.  It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.  People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go at it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.  If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.  It pays to take turns doing hard jobs.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed.  An encouraging word goes a long way.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him.  They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he he is dead, and they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group.  If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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Please remember that you are not alone.  Whether you are a student, parent or guardian, teacher, or school staff member...we are all working towards a shared, common goal.  Have a blessed November!

Melissa Slone, Guidance Counselor