Editor's note: This is the text from Superintendent Nicolas I. Clement's graduation address to the Flowing Wells High School class of 2013 delivered last week.
Education reform continues to be a hot button issue from the White House to the State House.
When recently asked, "What is the biggest challenge facing schools?" without hesitation I replied, "21st-century expectations and 20th-century resources."
Recently, two seniors visited my office to ask if I would be their guest speaker at Baccalaureate. I shared that I was honored and would accept their invitation if they would help me develop some ideas unique to this class. As I opened my laptop to take some notes, one of the students said, …
Have you ever watched The Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" show? A team tests various myths like "Can a person take to the skies using only a lawn chair and weather balloons?" or "Can a baseball be hit hard enough to remove its covering?" Many of these myths were created by one person shari…
Back to school time and many of us are reminded of our first
assignment: Write a short paragraph about what you did during your
Recently, I attended an assembly at Richardson Elementary School
sparked by the Pima County grant targeting obesity and improving
I have reached that point in my life where I cannot remember
where I parked my car at the mall. But ask me to quote a favorite
movie line and I have instant recall, even for movies I haven't
watched for years. Memory experts explain my condition in simple
terms - we remember what is personal…
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the 2010 FIRST
Robotics Arizona Regional Competition at the Phoenix Coliseum.
No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, there is
no argument that every elected public official in Arizona is
struggling with the simple, yet apparently very elusive, question,
"What matters most?"
Critics often cite lack of parent and community involvement as a
reason schools are failing. Some policy-makers view administrators
as a major part of the problem; thinking that schools purposely
create barriers to isolate and insulate themselves from those
interfering parents and outsiders.
As a result of the economic downturn, I found myself ringing in
2009 obsessed with worry about budget issues. Recently, in response
to staff's greeting of "Happy New Year," my body language and tone
of voice has been more like Old Father Time than the New Year's
As you dropped your child off during the first week of school,
your focus was on meeting teachers and for the very young, dealing
with their separation anxiety.
My Sunday morning routine; coffee, a bagel and a quick read of
the Arizona Daily Star, was extended to late afternoon on April 20
as I read with great interest the Senior Class Achievers 2008