I was fortunate to begin my assistant principal career at Boone High School. I applied for AP jobs at Edgewater HS, Ocoee HS, Wekiva HS and Boone HS...I didn't get the job at Boone HS until the 2nd time I applied, and the time was right. Boone HS needed an assistant principal with experience over attendance, technology, and Social Studies...three things I had experience with...the right place, the right people, the right programs, and the right time. The list below is incomplete...I am quite sure that there are many other things that could have been listed...please add comments about the things I left off...the RAM in my brain is running short.
The Top 100 Things I Love About Boone High School (In no particular order, just as I think of them)
1. The Motto: “Boone Students Today, Brave Leaders Tomorrow. 2. Brave Aid…great talent and entertainment…all for a good cause! 3. Braves Brawl…class competitions during Spirit Week…so much fun for the kids. 4. Senior Snake through the hallways, led by the drumline… 5. Jazz Under the Stars….and the rain at times…great stuff! 6. The 5K Reservation Run…although, I don’t think I actually ran (lol) 7. The Trading Post 8. The New Big Man On Campus Contest 9. Throwing out the first pitch at softball…thanks Robin Bradford 10. Hanging out at Bolen’s bench watching a great baseball game…thanks Pete 11. The Finance Academy’s Taxes for the community program 12. Great Murals around campus 13. The Sound of the Braves… 14. Serving as a chaperone with the Sound of the Braves to Tampa and USF in 2009…someone had to do it…why not me?…dinner cruise, a performance at The Florida Aquarium…memorable times… 15. BBC…and the trip to STN 2009 Conference in Orlando. 16. The Barrel…and the students chanting “We Got the Barrel" 17. The Drum Beat on the Day of the Edgewater Football Game…someone was always beating the drum throughout the day…they even used my drum one year. 18. Top Rated “A” School…I remember the 1st “A” and all the excitement! 19. PTSA Breakfasts…and lunches…and dinners…mmmmmgooooood! 20. The Legend…best Yearbook across the country. Renee Burke 21. Hi-Lights…also the best School Newspaper in the land…Renee Burke is awesome. 22. The Boone High School Reading Team under Elaine Matthew …I loved working with you guys…thanks for inviting me into your classrooms. Kyle Conry Gonzalez 23. The Professional Development Room…and all the candy (lol) I love the books also…Thanks Marianne Raver 24. The Writing Center... Jenn Hilley 25. The Fine Arts Department 26. Sitting in on the Courtroom Action of the Law Magnet…the best in the land. Thanks Cynthia Schmidt for all your hard work…your energy and commitment inspire me. 27. The KemoSabe Closet…taking care of the needy. 28. The Totem Pole 29. The Art Show Festival…crazy, but a one of a kind…some much neat art stuff…so much talent on display at the Reservation…the first event I brought my family to check out…I love the sidewalk chalk art on display. 30. SGA…Great Leaders on Campus…thanks Annette Montgomery for letting me participate…and thanks for all the other things you take care of! Thanks for the Varsity Shirt… 31. Senior Sidewalks 32. The Criminal Justice Magnet…and my opportunity in the Dunk Tank. 33. The Alma Mater on BBC on Friday…and at the end of football games. 34. Polyester Paradise…you gotta love a dance based on wearing 70’s style garb. 35. NHS…encouraging our kids to be their best…thanks for all the treats! 36. The Bravettes…all their hard work and amazing talent. 37. The Boone Step team…I loved their last routine. 38. Orange and White Day on Friday…the staff with the most spirit! 39. The Best Career Tech Ed Program in the county…Sue and Gina…the best! 40. The Senior Pancake Breakfast…and my Santa Claus opportunities. 41. The Prom Video…and a sit down meal…a real nice experience. 42. Johnny’s Filling Station…a place to unwind and fellowship with staff. 43. Zig’s Fish Fry…and Zig’s Pigs…I just liked the shirt. 44. The Orange Army…loud and proud, filling the stands with the loudest fans. 45. The Cookie Jar 46. The Bonfire and Drum Line after Braves Brawl. 47. Skybox seats in Pete Post’s classroom overlooking the baseball field. 48. The Read Posters 49. Making Book Trailer videos with the Reading Team 50. Green-Up Boone 51. JC…Calhoun Christiansen…(even though he is already at the beach) for doing all the little things people don’t know about…opening gates, getting golf carts out, checking in/out buses, getting the cafeteria ready, blowing the whistle the loudest, taking textbooks back to the media center, handling Free and Reduced Lunch Forms, Bus Routes, and all the other stuff I don’t even know about. Thanks for 42 years dedicated to education. Jon Christensen 52. The Best TMH Program…I love those kids…the happiest on campus…thanks Laura and Pam…and the paras…you guys give so much! 53. The Best DHH Program…I love these kids too…always seemed happy to see me…which made me feel special…Thanks Ron! 54. The Best Custodial Staff in the County…The Christmas Gift from the Staff was a nice, deserving touch. 55. The trip to the Florida High School State Football Championship game in 2007…my 1st official duty as a new AP at Boone… 56. “and the home of the BRAVES!!!!!”…one of a kind National Anthem rendition. 57. Braves are Back and Freshmen Orientation. 58. Boone Baseball Golf Scramble…I was leading the longest drive for a while…at least until the next person hit. I always seem to get my best scores when we play best ball…I think that format suites me. 59. College Day on the Reservation…and all my Buckeye Friends. O-H…I-O 60. The Social Studies Department…with teachers that were better than I ever was. Thanks for being such a great Leader, Suzanne Unger! 61. The College and Career Room with Legends Ann Cadman and Mother Mary. 62. The Reservation Report, From the Reservation, and Smoke Signals…great avenues of communication. 63. The Math Lab. 64. Bernadette in the Copy room…thanks for taking care of my emergencies! 65. All the delicious sports banquets…I loved getting duties on those nights. 66. Ceramics…I love all that creative stuff…I wish I took that class in high school 67. Drama and Chorus…truly entertaining…some of the best musicals I’ve ever seen. Charlie Brown, Seussical, The Variety Shows…Great Stuff! 68. The Guidance Department…taking care of 1000s of kids behind the scenes. 69. The Discipline Team…also taking care of 1000s behind the scenes. 70. The FAC…keeping me on my toes… 71. The hard working cafeteria workers…and Wednesdays’ Taco Salad…mmmgood 72. The Security Team…eyes and ears of the campus…keeping us safe. 73. The ESE Department…All their hard work to make sure we served every student in an appropriate manner…the paperwork, the meetings…all for the kids. 74. Bev Middleton…and her “Can-Do” attitude…I was lucky to have someone with all of your experience and energy in the Discipline office when I took over. Thanks for caring about kids! You were a Nurse in the Military, a Cafeteria Worker, a Discipline Clerk, an ESE Teacher, a Wrestling Coach, a Dean, and now an AP elsewhere…thanks for your commitment to educating kids. You Inspire Me! 75. Mrs. Caldwell’s Fashion Show at Christmas…I took my daughter and she loved it. I also liked all the awards she had me give out in her classroom at the end of the year…lots of smiles…lots of fun. 76. The JROTC program and their attention whenever I entered their classroom…I also like the songs they would sing as they jogged around campus. PT on Fridays. 77. The entire Clerical Staff around campus…taking care of me in so many ways…especially all the mints and chocolates! (I gained 20 pounds in 2 1/2 years---I’m holding you—Deb Wiley, Dr, McMillen, Carolyn Sangrey, Jamie Longmire, Linda Knapp, Marianne Raver, Laura Espinosa, Sarah Lyders, and Vicky Westbrook— all responsible for all the cookies and cakes, and sweets and treats. I guess I should also hold my golf cart responsible…20 lbs. 78. Admin Cheesecake Factory Christmas Dinner with Dr. McMillen picking up the tab…Thanks Doc…sorry for always getting the biggest steak! ☺ 79. The Senior Drum…one of a kind…under the direction of Legend Sarah Kittrell. 80. Pre-Game Admin dinner before every football game… 81. One of the best sports programs and coaching staffs in the state of Florida…under the guidance of Doug Patterson…top notch stuff! Thanks for all the shirts, dinners, and sports updates at games I couldn’t make. Thanks for taking care of all sports issues! 82. The Boone High School SROs…Kenny and Tyler…always ready to help…thanks for your support. 83. Steve and Tom…keeping everything running around Campus…especially the AC 84. The Tech Department…and Jan Evans Schroeder Brian QuigleyChristopher Repperd Roberson …all the blood, sweat, toil and tears involved in trying to keep the technology of an older campus up and running. 85. Carlotta Mendoza Iglesias…for all of your hard work and your commitment to a clean campus. 86. Mike Dorman…for letting me sit in your class and just listen to your lectures…thanks for being such a professional, and sharing books with me. Thanks for letting me tape a few of your lectures. I wish I had you as a history teacher when I was in high school. 87. Dr. Joossen’s…for teaching me the tricks of Master Schedule…. 88. Amanda Overly…for teaching everything else! 89. The Media Center…and those who took care of bar-coding textbooks…Robin and Carolyn and others—I’m now over textbooks at my new school, and they are just getting started…uggggghhh! What a ginormous endeavor! 90. Liz and all those involved in Testing…thanks for taking care of the finer details of the important testing materials…I’m glad I wasn’t in charge of it! 91. The Summer Staff Picture tradition Thanks for taking such crazy pictures of your summer fun, and then sharing them…lots of fun…I’ve heard that Pete Post has since been banned from participating. 92. Reading “Life as We Knew It!” as a school over one summer. 93. The 2010 Summer School Staff – teachers, clerks, and custodial crews—thanks for all your hard work…Ileana, Sheila, Deb, Jamie, Linda, Carolyn and Karen…you guys were the best…that was my first taste of being the all-calls guy…It was a bit hectic at times…but you guys really came through… 94. The Boone Hall of Fame pictures chronicalling the greats of Boone HS’s past. 95. Deborah Clary always taking care of all things Magnet related. 96. Finance students winning national competitions under Bill Daniel 97. The Boone ACE program under Dr. Painter. 98. Dr. McMillen always buying everyone nice logo shirts, and even a tie or two. 99. Yearly staff pictures in the gym. 100. Dr. Margaret McMillen …thanks for taking a chance on someone without any Assistant Principal experience…thanks for your commitment to the Academic, Athletic, and Art programs of Boone High School. Thanks for your commitment to technology. I’ve learned a lot by just watching you handle the many situations that came across your desk. I was very fortunate to begin my school administration career with you.
The video below highlights the Senior Pancake Breakfast...the fastest pancake flipper in the history of pancake flipping...you may even catch a glimpse of me as Santa...no pancakes were wasted...