Tricounty News

An adventure with superglue

Note to readers (and self) superglue does not mix well with granite countertops. Recently I had the opportunity to experience this noxious combination in the comfort of my own kitchen.

This was not of my doing. But you already knew that.

Late one night (when all the excitement happens at my house) my teenage son had an unfortunate encounter with a ceramic bowl, which resulted in the right half of the bowl separating from the left. Normally a broken bowl is no big deal at our house, but this happened to be a bowl that was hand-painted – by me. Since my son understood the gravity of his predicament, he decided to mend the break. Or at least try.


My grocery superpowers

Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk all possess superpowers, but I enjoy supremacy even greater than x-ray vision, unlimited strength or the ability to fly. My capabilities come from grocery lists in my pocket and canned goods on aisle seven. It’s the power of food acquisition and I’ve assumed extreme control.

Those of us in the know know it doesn’t get any better than that.

Simply put, I do 97.376 percent of the grocery shopping for my family. Let the scope of that sink in for a moment. Pause and ponder like you might over the glazed donuts in the bakery section.

Victuals. Chow. Sustenance. Edibles. Nourishment. Cuisine. Food impacts the menu, mood, mind and mojo – and the person purchasing the food is in charge. Not even Superman with his flowing red cape and tight blue tights can top that.


May 30 Update


There are moments that I wish community members and parents could see what I see taking place in the EVW school system. The past year has produced some very memorable moments, and I consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to work with such caring and compassionate professionals.

The past few weeks have been extremely busy with end of the year ceremonies, banquets, and graduation. As a staff, we’ve been blessed to take part in recognizing our students for overcoming obstacles, reaching their goals, and achieving major milestones. Everywhere you turn, you will witness trained professionals attending to our students and their needs. Eden Valley – Watkins parents and community, be proud of your school. The EV-W faculty, staff, and administration are committed to you and your children. Thank you for another great year!


May 23 Update

Parents and Teachers Working Together

Parents and educators are the primary teachers of caring, kind and respectful behaviors, both through direct classroom instruction and through the ways parents themselves interact with others. Research shows that aggression in children is influenced by aggression they see in the world around them.

When children and teenagers feel good about themselves and are confident in their abilities, they are less likely to be bullied and less likely to bully others. Promoting self-esteem and self-efficacy is an ongoing process that requires us as adults to be reflective about the balance between caring for children, and giving them the autonomy and confidence to solve problems on their own.


May 16 Update



End of Year

Friday, May 30, will be the last student day of the school year. Students will be dismissed at the following times: Watkins Elementary at 12:55 p.m.; Eden Valley w-EVW-cookoutElementary at 1:15 p.m.; Eden Valley-
Watkins High School at 1:30 p.m.

We will also be concluding the 2013-2014 school year with a series of awards and events that will culminate and showcase the superb efforts and work of many students. Graduation will occur at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the Auxiliary Gym. Seventy-two seniors will graduate, and as they leave the halls of the building one final time that evening, many good wishes for success go with them.