Principal's Message


November 2020 Message



Knowing Our Why

      Recently, our staff and our school vision council engaged in a simple & powerful Back to the Future protocol where we explored visionary aspirations for 2025 and then playfully backwards mapped the what’s behind potential why’s. Similarly, the School Vision Council has worked to help prepare a School Models Survey for our parents that will further help us learn from our community potential why’s behind our families’ hopes and vision for our blue jays’ education. In the video link HERE, comedian, Michael Jr., illustrates in a moving way the power of knowing your why behind the what. “When you know your ‘why’ then your ‘what’ has more impact, because you’re working towards your purpose.”

      Over the years, at Monte Vista, we have strived to gather and continually develop a shared vision and purpose about the why behind the things we do, which in turn drives our engagement and performance. The more that we can get our school community to rally behind a sense of purpose and mission, the more that we can help our community to perform to capacity and even outperform as we strive to see our why to completion.

     According to a recent Huffington Post author, we can use these four guiding questions and four guiding traits as we work towards our why:

What do we do and how? For whom do we do it? Why do we do it? What value are we bringing?

1) We are assertive and drive outcomes. We help one another and those we serve overcome adversity and resistance.

2) We create a culture of clear accountability and share in carrying the weight.

3) We build trusting relationships built on open dialogue & full transparency.

4) We consider productivity (and equity) when making decisions.


     Knowing our why and having the right norms to collaborate and work towards our why will further foster a synergistic energy that is contagious, and help us all stay focused on goals as we soar as a blue jay flock and do the right things for the right reasons.  



     ---- With Great Gratitude, Dr. Joe Ashby