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I am honored and excited to join the Olivet
Community as the new high school principal. I am
thankful for the opportunity to return to mid-Michigan and help the
students and staff at Olivet High School soar to new heights.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan majoring in both Sports Management & Communication as well as Physical Education with a minor in History. While in Ann Arbor I played on the baseball team for four years and was selected by my peers as a tri-captain in my senior year. I received my master’s degree from San Jose State University in Educational Leadership & Administration. My last three years as an assistant principal provided me with a variety of challenges and experiences that have prepared me for my new role as high school principal.
I believe strongly that our job as educators is to provide each and every student the opportunity to be successful in high school and to prepare them for life after graduation. I was drawn to Olivet by the emphasis the community puts on the whole school experience. I believe as an educational institution our number one priority is academics. We want our student body to be able to access and understand the curriculums and have the ability to apply that knowledge to real life situations. Teaching our students how to be good people in our community and in the global society is also very important. The life skills our students will learn through athletics, band, choir, drama, student government, FFA, and all of our other clubs will help shape who our students will become as adults. I will continue to emphasize the growth of our students as people and encourage them all to be life-long learners.
My wife Heidi and I have two boys, Joseph and Max (4 and 2yrs old) who keep us very active. We are so thankful to be able to move back to Michigan so our boys can be closer to their grandparents in DeWitt and Haslett. We look forward to attending high school and community events throughout the year and becoming a part of the Olivet family. Go Eagles!!!
“Conversations That Matter”
Rob Bobeda, OHS Principal
Oakum Article, October 2012
I am currently reading a book recommended to me called The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter. This book has led me to ask the question, “How often do we have meaningful conversations with our students?” In addition, “When is the last time you had a meaningful conversation with your son or daughter about their day at school?” In this new era of technology where it is faster and more convenient to send a text or email I believe we are neglecting the value of face to face conversations. The ability to sit down and have a meaningful conversation with someone is a skill that many of the students in this generation are lacking.
At the high school, as a staff, we are trying to model the importance of meaningful conversations by using time at our professional development days and staff meetings to discuss ways to help our students be more successful in their classes. We looked at students that are struggling in the first few weeks and pooled our resources to find out ways that certain teachers have been able to connect to these students and have seen positive results in their classroom. We will continue to have conversations in pairs, groups, and as a whole staff to find ways to help our students stay on track and understand the concepts being taught in their classes.
We would like to encourage everyone to make a conscious effort to have a meaningful conversation with your student at least once a week. Turn off all computers, cell phones, I-pads, televisions, radios, etc. and just talk to them. Maybe they’ll learn something about you that they never knew. Maybe you’ll learn something about them that you didn’t know. Either way, I think we could all benefit from more Face-Time and less Facebook. In addition to the immediate benefits, more conversations will help prepare your students for job interviews, discussions with college advisors/professors, and understanding their future co-workers.
In the spirit of conversation, we would love to see you all at our Parent Teacher Conferences on October 23rd and 25th from 5:30-8:30pm at Olivet High School. Please join our staff for meaningful conversations about your student!!