NW Snapshot

Northwest, September 2018


It's September! Another year kicked off. For those who are returning as school leaders, you've been "preparing" for this year as early as January or February, or maybe even sooner! Your brain has been spinning on 2018-19 finances, personnel, events, enrollment, facilities, etc. for well over eight months, most likely. Once September finally comes, it seems almost anticlimatic - it's a relief once the year actually starts. I do that kind of forward planning myself, as much as possible. Recently, I've sent so much time thinking about the year to come that I've caught myself using "2019' when adding dates to documents! I quickly remind myself that, nope, we're stil in 2018 for a few more months.

Do you ever wonder if all that time spent "thinking ahead" makes it hard sometimes just to embrace the "now" moment? When you think like a visionary anyway, which many leaders do, and then plan into that vision, it can be tempting or just plain difficult to walk in the now. We're already, some of us, thinking ahead to 2019-20, even though 2018-19 school year has barely started. And yet, here we are.

Time is weird, isn't it? It controls us more than we even realize, sometimes. Yet eternity will be outside the bounds of time and space. Due dates, school "years", monthly planning...will we know of these in heaven? I am tempted to say "no". Being "in the moment" will take on a whole new meaning.

That will be an adjustment for some of us. So perhaps there is wisdom in looking up from next week's, next month's, or next year's planning, just for a second...and choosing to come alive to what's right in front of us today. Go enjoy chapel. Walk the halls and high five some kids. Go celebrate some great lessons being taught today-and not for evaluative purposes. Rejoice TODAY with those who are rejoicing. Weep TODAY with those who weep. I never want to be so into the future that I am unaware of what God is doing RIGHT NOW in my midst.

Let's embrace the here and now, making the most of every opportunity that's right in front of us.

May I ask you to consider taking advantage of some of the "now" opportunities for networking and communication at ACSI events? See below for links to district meetings, PD forums, and administrators' breakfast, etc. I'd love it if you were able to make it to any or all of these events.

Embracing the Here and Now with you,

Deborah Miller - Regional Director, Northwest

Regional News

Welcome to all new school leaders in our Northwest region! If you're new to your position, your school, the Northwest or ACSI as an organization, I want to welcome you! On behalf of the Northwest office and the schools we represent, congratulations on your new role. We're glad you're here.

Please follow this link to a PowerPoint explaining the benefits of ACSI membership. Take a few moments to review it and familiarize yourself with the services available to you through our organization. As a new school leader, you will receive an invitation within a few weeks to a Zoom meeting for all new school leaders in our region to introduce you to each other and talk through any questions you might have.

Again, welcome! So glad you are part of the ACSI Northwest family. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to support or help you!

Regional Events

Featured event: 2018 Fall District Meetings

It's time to register for fall district meetings! Those of you have have attended know these are times of great connection where we hear about the latest news an updates from ACSI as well as engage in discussion about issues of interest to us all.

This year, we will discuss various aspects of school safety. From Secret Service advice to other practical resources, we will provide you with tools to continue addressing this important topic. Registration is free and available for the district meeting of your choice.

2018 Professional Development Forums

Join us this fall at a PD Forum near you! You can register yourself or your staff online today.

Leading is Networking Knowledge: Join Our Regional Webinar Series 2018-19

Join us for "Building & Working Your Strategic Plan" with Jeremy Marsh, new Superintendent at Stillwater Christian School in Stillwater, MT

Friday, September 14    8:30 - 9:45am PST

Jeremy is a former JAG lawyer and faculty member at the Air Force Academy, having moved into the world of Christian education in the last few years. He will share his recent experiences related to strategic planning, providing insights we hope will be helpful to you wherever you are in the Strategic Planning process. Mark your calendars and plan to join us!

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://acsi.zoom.us/j/583715831
  • Or iPhone one-tap: US +16699006833, 583715831# or +16465588656, 583715831#
  • Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 583 715 831

Accreditation Training Workshops

In support of equipping accreditation teams with qualified members, we will offer two accreditation training workshops in the Northwest:

  • Portland, OR:  Columbia Christian School - Tuesday, October 23, 9am-4pm
  • Bothell, WA:  Cedar Park Christian School - Wednesday, October 24, 9am-4pm

If you are scheduled to have a site visit within 12-18 months, serving on a team is a wonderful way to view accreditation from the "inside". One superintedent called serving on an accreditation team the best professional development he ever received.

Consider coming to a training and even serving on a team as a way to equip yourself and your school to be fully ready for your own site visit! You'll also be able to meet the new divisional accreditation manager, Dr. Lee Duncan.

Student Activities

Registration for alll student activities is now open! Don't miss out on the opportunity of having your students participate in a number of exciting events this year and celebrate the talents that the Lord has given them! Activities incude spelling bees, speech meets, fine arts festivals, creative writing, a number of math events, and more. Click here to see our new webpages and registration information. We look forward to seeing your students throughout the year!

Save the Date

  • Northwest High School Leadership Conference (Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach, OR on Nov. 7-9, 2018) - come and enjoy the beautiful Oregon coast! Students will receive valuable tools to become a stronger leader in their school and community.

  • Registration is open now for the Western Division's Student Leadership Conferences. These are great opportunities for your secondary students to receive cutting-edge training and encouragement in their leadership skills and spiritual walk.