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Principal For A Day Ruth-Anne Pease

posted Mar 14, 2014, 8:20 AM by kwadsworth@rsu20.org

Principal of the Day

By Ruth-Anne Pease

My name is Ruth-Anne Pease and I am a 5th grader at the Ames School.  I was chosen to be the Principal of the Day.  I participated in an essay contest about why I would be the best principal.  I won and on April 28, 2014 I got to be the principa

of the Weymouth and Ames Schools.

Here is my essay:

Dear Mrs. Miller,

I think I would be a good principal for the day.  There are lots of things I

would do.  Before I wrote this letter I had different thoughts like taking both

schools to Florida to go swimming!  Also to go to the zoo but unfortunately

that is probably impossible for me to do by myself with the cost.  So I had to think

of something different.

I thought that we could drive over to Weymouth School in the morning and I could read to the pre-K or the kindergarteners and then come back to Ames and

have lunch and recess.  Then I was thinking that maybe what our school could

use is a good amount of reading time.  So I thought the 5th graders could pair up

with 2nd or 3rd graders and they could do some buddy reading.  Another idea I had

was the 5th graders could talk to the 4th graders about how the 5th grade was

for them and what you do in 5th grade.  And finally, everyones’ favorite, we could

go outside for bus recess early to get some exercise and to play for the rest

of the day.

My adventure started when I arrived at school.  I met Mrs. Miller in my new office.  We planned my agenda for the day.  

Here is my agenda:

8:30 - 9:00 Plan out my agenda for the day

Check in with each classroom to share changes in the schedule

9:00 - 10:00 Visit the Superintendent’s Office

10:00 - 11:30 Visit Weymouth and read to all students

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and recess

12:30 - 12:45 Work on essay - paperwork

12:45 - 1:15 Buddy Reading in all classes

1:15 - 1:30 More work on essay

1:30 - 2:15 Work in a 2nd grade classroom

2:15 - 2:45 More work on my essay

2:45 - 3:10 Early recess - play outside with friends

Next, I visited each classroom to let them know about the changes in today’s schedule.  Then we headed to the Superintendent’s Office in Belfast to meet all the people that work there.  I met Mrs. Payson who pays the bills for the district.  I met Ms. Sutfin, who is the administrative assistant to the superintendent.  Then I got a chance to sit down and talk with Mr. Carpenter, the Superintendent.  I asked him to tell me what a regular day looks like.  He answered that he starts with paperwork, then e-mails and finally makes phone calls.  I asked him about to tell me about his favorite and worst parts of his job.  He said he likes meeting and working with people.  He doesn’t have a worst part.  He keeps a positive attitude and makes everything important and interesting.  Lastly I asked him what he thinks makes a good principal.  He said that principals have to be insightful and plans so that things are better for students and then they are able to make those plans happen.  Principals must be leaders and be able to persuade people to be the best that they can be.  I liked Mr. Carpenter.  He seemed like he had a sense of humor and thought about the bright side of things.  I also met Assistant superintendent McDonald.  He and Mr. Carpenter work together with all the people in the district like the technology director, food director, the bus director, principals, students and parents to make sure that kids in RSU#20 are getting the best education possible.  

Next we headed to Weymouth School.  I chose the book Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh and went into each of the Pre-K, grade 1 and kindergarten classes and read to the students.  They looked very happy and seemed to understand the book.

After Weymouth we went back to Ames for lunch and recess.  Then it was time for Buddy Reading in all of the classes.  I paired up grades 2 and 4 and grades 3 and 5.  I visited the classrooms.  They looked engaged and I took pictures with the camera.  

I then worked with Mrs. Nelson’s classroom.  They are learning about Costa Rica.  I read them a story call Jungle Drums.  

At the end of the day all of the students went outside for an early bus recess.

I enjoyed being Principal of the Day and I hope that whoever wins next year has as much fun as I did today.