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That’s All She Wrote

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together”. Thank you to the Bismarck Public Schools community. It has been both my honor and duty to lead BPS since 2011. Along with mistakes made and lessons learned, I feel … Continue reading

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Toothbrushes and Truth Tellers

So two things happened this week that made me think of the third thing. Bear with me. Everette, 2, was busily washing her brother Roman’s (7) toothbrush in the bathroom when he came upon her.  He ran to tattle. Within … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Frank; Be You

Let’s be frank. Improving our lives is hard work. Why is it so hard? Seems like it should be as easy as breathing. So for a few seconds, try change the rate of your breathing: breathe slowly….deeply…slowly. Seriously, try it … Continue reading

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March Madness

When I got into the administration business about 20 years ago, I noticed a strange phenomenon. In about the middle of March, school people (myself included) began to ever so slightly unravel. It took some teeth clenching and positive self-talk … Continue reading

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Is it Bullying or Conflict and Does it Matter?

Is it bullying or is it conflict? By Tamara Uselman, Supt. of Schools Is it bullying or is it student conflict? Does it matter? In a word, yes. The difference between student conflict and student bullying is similar to the … Continue reading

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The Three R’s and the Four C’s: Education in a World of Innovation

Years ago my book club read a book entitled, Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman. Marion, the medieval woman, and her husband, Peter Carpenter, lived in a village that had one but one book, … Continue reading

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A Life Well Lived: Celebrating Lorraine Carmen Emily Perala Olsen

My uncle made me cry last week. My sister Tawnia helped him. Before you ask for names and addresses to send thank you notes, let me explain. My 91 year old aunt Lorraine passed away. Lorraine was famous for repeating … Continue reading

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Careful Planning and Steady Growth

  This fall, RSP Associates, the school planning firm who we have used with 98 percent accuracy told us that BPS is projected to see 1,900 more students in the next 5 years, with most of them  in our secondary … Continue reading

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A Thank You to Our Veterans

It was my honor to learn from three BPS veterans. Here is their wisdom (copy and paste into your browser): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3MDhEP5oKWUZnNiVTJnR3lxa0E/view?usp=sharing  

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Budget 101

There is an old African adage that says, “When the pond starts drying up, the animals begin looking differently at each other”. That adage applies to school budgets as well. The other saying that applies to school district’s is, “In absence … Continue reading

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