Heed the power of the positives

By Geoff Lee

September 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Motivational speaker Darci Lang, delivered a pep talk to about 500 LPSD staff during their opening ceremonies at Vic Juba communithy Theatre Tuesday based on her book titled, Focus on the 90%.

Teachers and staff at the Lloydminster Public School Division are back in school today with an A-plus in energy.
The positive vibe is a carry over from a pep talk by motivational speaker Darci Lang during the school district’s opening ceremonies on Tuesday at Vic Juba Community Theatre.
Lang’s lasting message to an audience of more than 500 LPSD employees is to focus on the 90 per cent of the positive things in their lives and jobs.
She said she’s spoken to teachers about her message of positivity many times and they are one of her favourite audiences.
“They have such an important job,” she said, adding that she is sure at least 90 per cent are pumped up for the first day of school.
“Lang spoke to a good audience interaction and her message was just spot on,” said David Thompson, chair of the LPSD Board of Education.
“She just gives these reminders of looking at the 90 per cent of our lives that is really so good.”
Thompson said it was the kind of message that we take home and we remember.
Lang was also hired by LPSD to deliver her speech to the public that night at Vic Juba.
Her morning talk was part of the official kickstart to the 2016-17 school year that LPSD director of education Todd Robinson commented on.
“It’s just been a fantastic morning” said Robinson.
“It’s a chance to reconnect with colleagues and friends across our system and celebrate some of our great work from our last school year and talk about what’s to come in the year ahead of us.”
Robinson said the top three priorities are getting more Grade 3 students reading at that grade level, getting as many high school students as possible to graduate and to focus on the wellness of students and staff.
Enrolment is also expected to rise to about 4,200 students, but the final number won’t be known until the end of September.
“We’re projecting a slight increase, but that’s based on historical trends,” said Thompson.
“We’ll see where we’re at by the end of September and go from there.”
More than $2 million was spent on getting school facilities ready for the opening day with some work still left to be completed.
“We have a lot of maintenance and upgrades around our buildings,” said Thompson.
“The biggest project is Lloyd Comp (high school) where we are doing a facelift on the front of the building and some increased parking.”
The parking lot features a drive through bus lane that will make boarding and unloading busses a lot safer for students.
“The school looks beautiful and it’s going to be a nice addition for our community,” added Robinson, who said it’s all systems go for the new school year.
“We can’t wait to see all of our kids on Thursday morning—couldn’t be more excited about what the year has in store for us,” he said at Vic Juba.
He added LPSD has “fantastic” staff, well resourced great priorities and a lot of great plans for our families and our communities.
Asked if he gets butterflies on his first day back to school, Robinson said he has no anxiety at all, noting it’s one of his favourite days.
“I think one of the things about the teaching profession is that we make a fresh start every September and it’s refreshing, it’s rejuvenating and I am just like a kid in a candy store,” he said.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the year has in store.”

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