Monday, November 7, 2016

Why Every School Should Have a Veteran’s Day Celebration

As an elementary school principal I understand the pressure of accountability. The measures for third graders are steep. We give tests now that tenth graders couldn’t pass in the 80’s. However- I support challenging these young minds to grow so I am all about challenge. However- we can bring student growth in academics and not neglect the other aspects of being a whole person. We want children to grow all around. Well rounded in the artistic aspects of being human… in the athletic aspects… and in the altruistic aspects. These 4 A’s make a well-rounded person.
So as an elementary principal I believed there were opportunities, natural dates in our calendars in which we could work in some of these altruistic lessons. Veteran’s day was an opportunity to learn about freedom and the sacrifices made for all of us. It was a chance to teach gratitude. Our children wrote speeches and poems, decorated cards and baked cookies. They spoke on TV and in front of over 1,000 people in the assembly.
They had an opportunity to shine. 

They felt compassion for others. They grew.
We believe it was a good idea to celebrate veterans and active duty because:
1.     It taught our children to be grateful
2.     It showed our children that they were not too young to make an impact.
3.     It gave our children the experience of making big speeches (a good form of stress) - which led to confidence afterwards
4.     It allowed our teachers to see their hard work impact the community (they built these writers from kinder up)
5.     It brought men and women to tears because gratitude and respect can be powerful things
6.     It pulled our school community together
7.     It gave a relevant and natural place for the arts to shine (our kids sang and created artwork)

It filled our hearts- all around- and we can never know the ripple effects that can come from an event like this. Our children gave back and said thank you. That deep experience is one of my favorite things about being a principal.
To all those who served- like my dad and grandfather- thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Michael Roth    

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Leave No One Behind

I can't tell you how powerful the military philosophy is to me. "Leave no man behind."
When you promise things like that- it provides purpose. When a superintendent shakes your hand and says, "I promise not to let you fail." It brings expectations up in your heart.
When you tell students that they are the most important things in the universe- you better discipline, teach, and invest in them with love, love, love.
Whatever it takes.
Life purpose. 
You will grow under my care at all cost.
You will develop skills and competencies to succeed as you get older.
Heart and mind, character and academics. 
It is the actions that follow your promises that show integrity.
I'm surrounded by students who show my heart and actions were aligned and THEY demonstrate what loving leadership can do.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


What a day.
I resigned today. 
Family first.
Deep emotions. 
Vera- I hope your looking down with pride... I strived to make your name great in Colorado Springs.
We created new programs like STEM.
We loved students with our character programs and Capturing Kids Hearts.
We impacted vets and first responders with the voices of our children. 
We inspired writers with a Young Author's Day.
We built a new plaza for teachers to use, cleared the gym from lunch duty, brought art into our building and created a technology rich school.
We built a team approach to learning and massaged in the next generation competencies.
We loved ALL our children like they were our own.
Hundreds of memories.
Thank you 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Be The Inspiration- through our STEM work

This morning I popped into the STEM class. I was inspired by a couple of 4th graders and their subject... They were learning about Nobel Prize winners. (It's a goal of mine to graduate a Nobel Prize winner.)
I learned about Gertude Elion... She created medicines that helped children survive Leukemia. She started a company so we looked it up.
What we discovered was amazing.
The company has a mission: "We are a science-led global health care company on a mission: we want to help people do more, feel better, live longer." 
Our district says we are preparing students for a world yet to be imagined... At Scott Elementary that happens every day. Students interact with global companies that are shaping the future. These students are inspired to be difference makers like the Nobel Prize Winners they are studying.
I love it. (Written on 9/8 but it didn't post)

Friday, August 19, 2016


As I visited classrooms yesterday I found a story was developing. It went like this: in Snow White there was a mirror that answered questions. This morning, like every other morning, someone at Disney asked, " Where is the happiest place of them all?" The mirror said,"Vera Scott Elementary!"
Why? Two main reasons. We have an amazing staff that builds caring relationships with students. They bring the awesomeness to our school. 2nd- our students. They are taught to show empathy and kindness. We believe in developing character traits here and this will build our community for several years to come!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Aesop once said, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, will ever be wasted."

We are in the middle of a food drive and our community is generous. We give what we can- some of us have great needs ourselves- yet give something. For all gifts great and small we are thankful.

Generosity is something more than giving things or gifts. There are countless examples of parents and teachers who are generous with their time and energy. Wow! From crossing guards to reading buddies to library helpers. Volunteers are awesome! Teachers who organize events or sponsor clubs- who spend those moments communicating and extending themselves... We have a generous staff.

As a principal I'm challenged on a daily basis to live up to our teachers and parents. To be generous- to think about how I can extend myself for those I serve. I choose to be generous- to give all I can for this community. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Our children are young. We believe they can lead today. They can teach us a thing or two. They don't have to wait to grow up before they can make a difference in the community.
Last week our student body came together to inspire our local first responders. I couldn't be more proud. They wrote speeches, sang songs, made cards, and even provided cookies at this event. Why? To show them that they are powerful. To show them that their words can fill and inspire a heart. To give our first responders a reminder of the why- the children they protect love them. The children are grateful.
The love of children is a powerful thing that can fill the buckets of our most weary warriors.