We began talking about our visions for ourselves and our school during the 2012-2013 school year. Not long ago, I ran across mine as I was grabbing a book out of my cabinet:
Five years from now, Jesse Bobo is a nascent but stalwart STEAM (science, technology, ELA, arts, & mathematics) school that is gaining national renown. The staff is highly engaged with the change, energized, energetic, and competent. People come to us by scheduled appointment. The students are high performing, competitive, and have a keen vision of how their talents can be applied to their futures. Classrooms and hallways are abuzz with creative energy, laughter, and smiling faces. Technology-i Pads, laptops, robotics-is evident in all all aspects of what we do. The hallways bear evidence of student talent in the visual arts and include pictures and posters from dramatic and musical performances. The Bobo community is collectively and justifiably proud of the achievements we've made, knowing that together, we have created a place of unparalleled excellence for our students.
As I read this, it struck me how much of this five year vision has implemented. We have now been recognized as the first national Lego Education school where laptops and robotics (none of which we had when I wrote this) are all over our building, and have Palmetto Silver and Palmetto Gold recognition for the 2015-2016 school year! The progress is evident, and I am excited to see where our school goes from here.