Saturday, December 31, 2011
Posted by Cheela at 7:09 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2011
on facts that truly happened.
to protect the elderly.
Posted by Cheela at 7:12 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2011
So off went Lucy and Diego to the pet resort. When we got there, I signed them up for Camp BowWow so that they could play with the other dogs each day. When I left them, they looked so pathetic and I felt bad. It was a really nice facility so I knew that they would be well taken care of!
Were they ever glad to see me when I went to pick them up. That morning, they had been to the groomers so they were all clipped, brushed, and washed!! They even received a report card--they did very well!
Teresa got home a day or so later. Diego started to have a cough and it was kind of bad. I told her I would make an appointment with Dr. John (our vet down here and long time family friend). The next morning when I was getting ready for work, he was coughing quite a bit. Teresa wanted me to call Dr. John at 6:30 a.m., but I waited until they opened. Dr. John works with all of the ranchers around here with their horses, etc., so he is on the road quite a bit. He doesn't have an actual office because of this, and works out of the back of his truck. He was out that day, but we could go in Saturday. So as I am getting ready to take him in, Teresa decides she needs to go with me. Now this is the same person who was not very thrilled about me bringing both of them down here when I moved down here!!!!
Diego is doing fine, but was on some medication. Every day I was questioned to make sure that I had given him his meds.
Last weekend, we spent the three days up at the cabin. The pugs love the mountains because they can run free. I found out the day we were at the vet's office that there is a vaccine out for rattlesnakes which I will be getting that for them soon.
Posted by Cheela at 11:38 AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Posted by Cheela at 8:01 PM
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Posted by Cheela at 1:00 AM
Sunday, September 18, 2011
There has been a world of difference between this September and last for me. With a year behind me, I feel much more confident in my ability to be able to do some great things for Douglas Unified. We are back into the swing of the school year and I am looking forward to some wonderful accomplishments this year!!!
Posted by Cheela at 3:21 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Consuelo grew up on the border in Texas. So much of what she said had true meaning for me even though I am not Hispanic. What she said truly touched my heart. When I talked to her, I told her I was from Douglas. I told her that I would love to have her come to Douglas and talk to our staff. She promised me that she would.
When I got back to Douglas, I contacted her company. Consuelo is one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. She is a retired officer in the U.S. Army and was on track to becoming a general. She promised her mother that she would give back to the Hispanic community and so she retired from the Army to start her company. Needless to say, she is able to command "big bucks" for her services. DUSD doesn't have big bucks so I didn't pursue her coming after I found out the cost. In about March, her assistant called me and asked if we still wanted her to come to Douglas. I told her of course but that we couldn't afford her. Well, Consuelo was true to her word about wanting to come to Douglas. We negotiated the price and I can tell you that she truly gave us a deal!!
I was so excited about this that I immediately sent a message to our Governing Board. One of our Board Members is the County Manager. He made arrangements for Consuelo to talk to his supervisors and the City of Douglas and the Chamber of Commerce asked her to speak to parents and members of the community.
She was AMAZING!! We had an excellent turn out for the community night. The next morning, Consuelo spoke to our staff. It was UNBELIEVABLE. Her message is so powerful. What touched me the most was that she dedicated her talk to me!!!
I feel honored and privileged that this incredible woman came to Douglas with her message of hope. She said that public education is the purest form of democracy. She also said we have to save our children because they are the future.
I had so many staff members tell me how much her talk meant to them. They could truly relate to her and where she came from. I am hoping she will come back to talk to our high school kiddos.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is my hero!! I cannot begin to express my gratitude that she chose to come to Douglas!! WOW!!!
Posted by Cheela at 8:25 PM
Monday, August 1, 2011
It is hard for me to believe, but tomorrow I will welcome back all of the teachers in Douglas for the start of the 2011/12 school year! It was one year ago July 26 (exactly one year and one week) that I started this new journey in my life. After 39 years in the Gilbert District, I returned home to Douglas and 858 14th as the superintendent of Douglas Unified.
Posted by Cheela at 7:11 PM
Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Sunday, July 3, 2011
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Sunday, June 19, 2011
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Saturday, June 11, 2011
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
This morning, I received a call from a friend who also has a cabin not far from ours on the other side of the canyon. She was on her way up to see what she could find out. Her son works for the forest service and called her last night saying that the fire had taken a turn in another direction. It had been heading south, which would have meant that it was in the wilderness area. However, during the night it took a turn and appears to be heading back towards our area.
The last time I was up there a few weeks ago, it was so dry. I can't remember a time that it was this dry, especially in May. The creek always ran all winter and dried up for about six weeks in the summer. There was very little water a few weeks ago.
Posted by Cheela at 1:18 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2011
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Posted by Cheela at 7:17 PM
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I am so proud that Kerri has carried on this tradition. I was so proud of how she told her kids and parents about the house here in Douglas and her heritage and family roots! Her class came Tuesday and so we had a sort of "rehearsal" for Wednesday when the Gilbert El kids came.
Posted by Cheela at 8:53 PM