I am so incredibly thankful that we are off this entire week for Thanksgiving Break. Last week, most administrators were feeling stressed out due to a new online CFA (Commom Formative Assessment) component that needs to be implemented (CFAs used to be paper/pencil). All VPs are in charge of testing/data, so I need to make certain that my staff is trained on how to administer these exams. We were strongly encouraged to roll out the online CFAs in Decemeber; however, I was given the green light from my principal to wait until January (after Winter Break). There are a handful for VPs who I'm completely certain will begin having their staff proctor the online CFAs as soon as we return from break next week. Those five or six people are the ones who want to apply for site principal positions in late spring/early summer, so they're eager to show the district office how gung-ho they are about any directive we're given. My plan is to let them (the overzealous VPs) figure out the kinks so I can develop an easy-to-follow cheat sheet for my staff to use in January! I'll be 34 in a couple of months and have no desire to move up the ladder at this point in my life. Plus, when I see and hear what my colleagues do to try to impress the higher ups, I cringe. Personally, I chose to become an administrator to help guide both students and teachers. I am an instructional leader and take my role very seriously. It makes me sad and disheartened to see other people who solely have their sights set on making it to the district office and will do whatever it takes to reach that level. End of rant.