dennis Schug

Middle School Principal

dennis Schug

Of Robots, Rubik’s Cubes, and Responsibility

On Saturday, March 24, it was my privilege to attend the Long Island Connected Educators’ Summit hosted at W.E. Howitt Middle School, in Farmingdale, New York. Otherwise known as CELI, this event (the fifth annual), is led by Dr. Bill Brennan and a team of dynamic, passionate, and dedicated teachers, administrators, and students from the…

Quitting

“Dad, I want to quit.” I am embarrassed to admit it, but three weeks ago, this was the basis for this blog post. This statement, uttered by my nine-year-old son, was upsetting to me. After five years of playing baseball, he decided he was done. He had his reasons: “Baseball is boring.” “I am afraid…

Promise, Perspective, and Potential: It’s About the People.

Lately, I find myself thinking deeply and critically about the purpose of education. I’m reflecting on K-12 education: first, my own that I experienced, second, that of my own children, and third, for the 677 students in the school where I am blessed to lead each and every day. In contemplating the complex intersection between…

Optimize (My #OneWord for 2018)

One of the most exciting aspects of becoming an educator who values and appreciates being “connected” is the accountability factor. One annual example of this has been the #OneWord phenomenon, in which educators from across the globe openly commit to one word as a driving focus for the year. It’s proven inspirational to read what…

Names and Norms

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go… Where everybody knows your name, And they’re always glad you came, You want to be where you can see, Our troubles…

Manage Like Munson

“I like hitting fourth and I like the good batting average. But what I do everyday behind the plate is a lot more important because it touches so many more people and so many more aspects of the game.” ~ New York Yankees Captain, Thurman Munson Leadership reveals itself in some of the most unexpected…

Learning, Leadership, and Lists

Ask any educator to share a memory of working with a student, a family, or a colleague, and you’ll likely be inspired. These become learning and leadership milestones, cornerstones to how we define ourselves as educators, and marks of our legacy and the reputation of our profession. But when was the last time you made…

Knowledge. There’s more to it than that.

Recently, I couldn’t help but laugh when a group of friends and I were in a non-school discussion and I linked it back to learning, to school, and to leadership. Someone in the conversation remarked that no matter what, I seem to be able to bring most conversations back to education. I have yet to…

Journeys & Meetings

Each year, my mom ventures to Ireland, to visit with her cousins. While this has been a lifelong dream, she only started the tradition two years ago. This particular year, she returned from her adventure with a gift that sits on my desk: a paperweight. The cast etched into the paperweight appears to be two…

I…

Several months ago, in an effort to become a more dedicated and more skilled writer, I issued a challenge to several friends. These friends graciously accepted, and in turn, extended the challenge to several of their friends, and so forth. The challenge, in my ambitious mind, was to blog twice a month, sharing posts with…