Letter: Fine principal teaches outside the box
by Christina Wise
May 10, 2012 | 1716 views | 7 7 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

It was bound to happen. A Press-Banner reader decided that Boulder Creek Elementary School Principal Lynn Chappell's "reading stunt" set "a very bad example for every kid in the community" (“Reading stunt sets bad example,” Letters, May 4).

Most parents could make a staggering list of things our kids regularly encounter that truly set a poor example for our youth: speeding drivers, teenagers smoking, bullying language and actions, a staggering lack of manners and decency, Little League boards that dismiss volunteer managers mid-season — and that's only in our community. The outside influences from the media, via the Internet and television, also provide a wide array of bad choices.

As a parent of a first-grader and a sixth-grader, I have taken it upon myself to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. I act as a filter between the world and my children to the best of my abilities. Do I think my children will attempt to scale a roof to emulate Mrs. Chappell's reading reward? Do I think they will suddenly start smoking, cursing, and being disrespectful toward others? No, because they understand my expectations of them, and I've taught them better.

Mrs. Chappell had promised her students that, at the culmination of the Reading Zone participation period, she would read to them from the roof. And she did. And it was mesmerizing for all involved. The kids had never seen anyone do that before, and just like Ms. Frizzle in "The Magic School Bus" series, Mrs. Chappell went outside the box to capture her students' attention and educate her school. The kids were abuzz with the novelty of seeing their principal on the roof, and during the performance, the students gleefully interacted with Mrs. Chappell as she read two books that celebrated the spirit of our community.

I recommend that anyone who fears for their child's safety after seeing a picture in a newspaper should focus more on their own parenting skills rather than the actions of others.

BCE is a fine, fine school. Mrs. Chappell is a fine, fine principal. The school is filled with fine, fine students. And those of us who entrust Mrs. Chappell and her outstanding staff with the care and education of our children wouldn't have it any other way.

Christina Wise, Boulder Creek

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Clarification
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May 13, 2012
Christina/So Sad, In regards the LL manager's situation: The SLVLL board did not "dismiss" him. After a meeting/conversation between the parents of the team and this manager where the parents expressed seemingly VERY legitimate concerns (which had nothing to do with a win/loss record), he voluntarily stepped down.These are the facts,no more,no less.Might want to check them before you post.I do however agree w/ your support of Ms Chappell's decision making.
LL Parent
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May 13, 2012
Thank you for saying this. I was disturbed by the comment in the letter as well. Parents are very relieved that the board stepped in to help facilitate a better resolution for the team. Absolutely. Yes. There were VERY legitimate concerns.
More FACTS
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May 14, 2012
VERY legitimate? It was a lynch mob by a group of parents on a coach who unselfishly and without an agenda volunteered countless hours to the league for many years. If the team had been winning, he would never have been approached in the manner that he was. That’s a fact.
TK in BL
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May 14, 2012
Right, he is a wonderful guy who unselfishly over many years volunteered countless hours to the league. Agreed.

However, there have always been issues with the ability of certain coaches to coach, coaches who use screaming as their primary coaching tactic (not this one, but others), coaches who are more focused on their own kid's experience than others on the team. If there is a criticism, it is why did they not intervene on the problematic coaches in the past?
colinroberson
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May 14, 2012
Christina, It's wrong that you bring Little league into this!
So Sad
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May 10, 2012
I find in hard to believe that a little league board would dismiss a volunteer manager just because team doesn't win. This is not the MLB and the teams are not drawing tourist revenue for you. At least he was trying and shows up for the kids and parents..not like some we all know who are using it to campaign as family man and the board does nothing about that.
anonymous
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May 10, 2012
Christina..I have to agree with you that it was a great interaction with Lynn and the students. I also totally agree the parents are the filters and should be teaching their kids to do the right thing. Kinda like teaching your kids safety instead of trying to build a fence on the BC dam because you don't want your kid to fall off.


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