Expect Great Things, the slogan of Dr. Anthony Hamlet, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Hamlet at podium
Dr. Hamlet, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, opens the Maker Space at Obama Academy in December 2017. Dr. Hamlet has branded the expression, Expect Great Things, into the mission of the district since his arrival.

The psychology and deeper meaning of the new vision for Pittsburgh Public Schools has merit, if it is put into practice. The slogan is being put everywhere, such as on the web site, on stationary and on posters throughout the district. The slogan is getting plenty of practice, as it is repeated often. But is its message being implemented?

The motivational message makes sense. Furthermore, the actions need to speak volumes too. Words and deeds are both required.

Headline: Expectations leads to manifestation. 

You get what you expect. Your expectations are the source code of your creative possibilities.

We are all swimming in a soup of sensory inputs. So focus is needed. Easy to understand that the leaders of Pittsburgh Public Schools are confronted with a seemingly endless set of challenges. The leaders are putting out fires on multiple fronts any given week, day and hour. But, what are they really hoping to accomplish and what is expected?

What the leaders pay attention to is what they see and hear. Sadly, it seems to me, the leaders do not pay much attention to the support of those who are expecting greatness.

Understanding the power of expectations comes with both opportunity and warning.

My mission and what I’m looking for with PPS builds upon the concept of “summer dreamers” and goes to “year-round achievers.” I expect great things and have always lead the struggle to bring brushes of greatness to the students, through sports and swimming programs. Our holistic approach offers championship competitive swimming, but it goes to personal improvements and building upon our shared community capacity of playing well with others.

Part 2 goes to leadership.

Our swimmers are intellectual bloomers. We have the magic sauce for the self-fulfilling prophecy that has proven itself every year, to a certain extent, with most of our student-athletes on the varsity swimming team. 

Agents and management have to understand the power of expectation and also keep grounded in the real world. When we have coaches and principals with ordinary track records and below satisfaction results, be done and find others who want to reach and want to aspire to the performance high bar.

Message from Dr. Hamlet at the opening of the maker space at PPS Obama Academy in December 2017

Vote “YES” in the ballot question facing voters in the City of Pittsburgh’s general election

Thanks for the consideration and “YES” vote.

ballot question
Photo of the ballot question with some fancy dots to over-compensate for the drab text.

Presently, those that have jobs with the City of Pittsburgh, (such as firefighter, policeman, EMS worker, and city council member) can NOT be hired as coaches with Pittsburgh Public Schools. Let’s fix this with YES votes.

Obama Swim & Water Polo

Time to get back into the water!

After-school aquatic fun with Coach Mark begins this week.

Bring your swim suit and show up to the Obama swim pool after school, every day except Fridays.

Middle School at 4 pm to 5 pm, then activity bus.

High School students from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Adults and community programs at 7:30 to 9 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays.

All abilities welcome. Even if you don’t know how to swim,

we’ll teach you.

We’ll play water polo, SKWIM, and refine our swimming strokes, dives, flip turns and gain plenty of fitness.

Extra Coaching and game days: Saturday Swim School, Oliver HS pool,

2323 Brighton Road, Northside from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Coach’s contact: Mark@Rauterkus.com 412-298-3432 CLOH.org

Back To School Event — #WeArePPS — District visits Langley on 8/21

All from Pittsburgh Public Schools are headed to a back-to-school event at Langley K-8 from 1 to 5 pm on Monday, August 21, 2017 — and everyone is reminded to bring their swim suits, towels and goggles.

The Langley pool is small, but a nice place for a full-pool SKWIM game, Ultimate-style. Coach will bring the disks, head-bands and fins. We hope to get some kids from Summer Dreamers back in the water and even a few spectators to watch, learn about SKWIM, cheer on the kids and begin to plan on attending the Saturday Swim School events that are slated for throughout the school year.

The Langley Water Polo Stadium

Pittsburgh Langley K-8 is located at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.

After the Langley event, our next couple of practices for kids and adults happens on Tuesdays

  • 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 22, at Northisde’s Citiparks Sue Murray outdoor pool
  • 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 29, at Northside’s Citiparks Sue Muray outdoor pool

Update

About 20 kids got in the water at the pool at Langley for the special event. There were hundreds of kids and parents present, including administrators and Antonio Brown of of the Steelers.

Game Day — 11 am on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at The Pittsburgh Project’s outdoor pool

You are INVITED…..

More Swim & Water Polo

for Year-Round Achievers

Join Coach Mark Rauterkus and others of all ages and all abilities at the pools on these dates:

GAME DAY, SKWIM Ultimate, on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 11 to 1 pm at the outdoor swim pool of The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 North Charles Street, Northside.

SKWIM Ultimate at TPP

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm at Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool, outdoors, Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, Hill District. Adults in the deep end. Kids and volunteers in the middle depth.

Monday, August 21, 1 pm to 2 pm at PPS Langley K-8, for #WeArePPS Back to School event. Indoor. Limited spaces. PPS only. Reserve your spot as the pool is not so large. Langley is at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.

Saturdays starting in September and throughout the fall, winter and spring from 11:30 to 1 pm at our Saturday Swim School at Oliver Citywide Academy, formerly Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, Northside, Pittsburgh, 15212.

News, calendar and photos at CLOH.org. Courses at Play.CLOH.org.

Help us as we build AQUATIC opportunities into the mission within PPS Community Schools.

Coach Mark is presently the varsity coach at PPS Obama Academy and has been a college coach for nine season.

Always okay to call, text or email Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432 = cell, Mark@Rauterkus.com, to confirm. Also, check the calendar at CLOH.org for more details.

Exercise models

Exercise models worked with a book and their bodies to make a new quiz for a new class, A for Athlete 101.

See the course, A for Athlete 101, at Play.CLOH.org for a new quiz, and the gallery.

Take the exercise quiz in the course, A for Athlete 101.

Next challenge, our SDA17 Med Ball Exercise Routine.

Superstar challenge, the Warm-Up Exercises with Arm Swings (routine).