Thank You From A Pinckney Parent
This evening I was catching up on some email traffic and my smile seemed to
just get larger and wider as I read your latest updates. First, I’m glad
we finally were able to start the survey that included the news source
preferences and reasoning why folks send their children to Pinckney. I’m
sure it will provide valuable data to concentrate our messages. As I moved
to the email on the Positively Pinckney information, it was even more
gratifying to view the internal opinions of the students themselves.
I’m not sure how much I have shared with you, but part of the reason that I
am in Burlington right now is that the FAA needed someone to come into this
facility and correct some problems. On the surface, they could identify
training, quality assurance, customer service, and community relations.
Going deeper though, I quickly realized that it is all about culture,
showing the way, delivering expectations, and leadership.
I couldn’t be more pleased that those are the things that you continue to
offer our district. Your actions place you in an elite group of educators
that not only transform a district, but the community as a whole. My son
is extremely fortunate to be able to attend Pinckney and speaking for our
family, thank you. The world keeps getting more complicated, more cynical,
and less caring. By your actions and leadership, you are directly
influencing my son and his fellow students to prepare for their roles as
adults that will be willing and able to move the future in a positive
Best wishes my friend for your continued successes. I only wish I could
still be closely working with you and our group.
Ronald D. Bazman
Our first year at Pinckney Community Schools - June 2015
Student Transfer to Navigator - June 2015
PCS Bus Driver Has Positive Impact on Students
Rick, I am writing to express my thoughts on the driver of Skyler's bus, Ms. Shelly. She deserves accolades and recognition for how she handles what I know to be a very challenging position. According to Skyler the bus rarely has behavioral issues. Ms. Shelly proactively manages the bus as opposed to chasing the problem which isn't easy considering there are twice as many kids on a bus as in a classroom and she must face the opposite direction.
Moreover, she goes above and beyond the scope of her job description. She hands out candy canes at Christmas time and treats around Halloween. She takes the time to get to know each student and shows genuine interest in them. One time, my daughter's friend and our neighbor was panicked on the bus. Ms. Shelly noticed and as it turned out Maddie was running to catch the bus that morning when she tripped and fell. Only to discover after on the bus that her cell phone had fallen out of her pocket. Ms. Shelly, after her shift, drove her own car to Maddie's house and found the phone. She then brought it back up to the school. I can only imagine how this quelled her anxiety and helped her focus on learning.
Lastly, I want to note that she rewards kids who earn a 4.0 by giving them $5 out of her own pocket. Last semester approximately ten students earned this recognition and monetary reward. I am sure you are fully aware bus drivers are not the highest compensated school employees making this particularly special in my eyes. Like the old woman who gave two copper coins, she put more into the treasury than all others.
These gestures, her professionalism and her sense of pride in the very important job she does are worth noting in a world where people tend to only pick up the phone or send an email as a malcontent. In my experience, I came to recognize the bus driver's role as an important one. They are the first face of a district the student sees and the last. They can help set a tone for learning or contribute to the baggage so many student bring to school.
She has made a positive impression on my daughter and for that I am very grateful. Please forward to any and all parties relevant to assessing Ms. Shelly's job performance and feel free to share with Ms. Shelly herself.
Thank you and have a great day!