November 15, 2013
“I love to hear a choir. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” Paul McCartney
Over the past few weeks Roseville Area Schools has enjoyed unparalleled success in a number of different and varied venues. From the football field to concert hall, no school district in Minnesota has featured the breadth and depth of talent, skill, desire and above all, teamwork.
I realize that each participant in the classroom or activity wants to perform at the highest possible level. I am delighted that Roseville Area Schools has enjoyed many team and individual success stories this school year, but that is not the complete picture. I am especially proud that District 623 students and their advisors remain focused on teamwork, cooperation and values. That’s what makes our students winners.
During a Raiders football game at the Dome on Thursday night, I watched a Roseville football player make a great defensive play against a Rosemount running back. When the play was over the Raider player did not jump up and pound his chest or taunt the Rosemount player. He helped the player he just tackled up off the turf and assisted him in putting his shoulder pad back in his jersey. His small gesture sent a big message to everyone watching in the stadium. I was proud of his play, but even more proud of his action after the play.
We know that our teams cannot win every game, match or contest. We know that not everyone can be first chair or have the lead in the school musical. What our Roseville students understand is that being a great teammate, in any activity or contest, makes them winners no matter the final score.
I want to offer my hearty congratulations to our students and their advisors for their successes on the court, pool, stage, classroom and field. I am especially proud of their support of each other. Your school and community are very proud of you. Well done!
Dr. John Thein