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A Personal Note:
Two Minutes Pays Big Dividends

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One of the simplest and least expensive ways to recognize staff for the things they do for students and each other is also one of the easiest to do. Every day, we try to recognize a few of the things -- big and small -- we witness or hear about. Taking a few minutes to pen a simple note of thanks is a great way to recognize staff for the ways they make our school a special place to work. From time to time, we even include a little reward in our note -- an extended lunch break, for example. That turns the note of thanks into a redeemable certificate. It might not be a bad idea to cc these special notes to staff members' personnel folders where they will serve as reminders when evaluation time rolls around of the special things each person has done.

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The leadership team at DeQuincy Elementary School, DeQunicy, Louisiana


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