Photo by Katherine Leszczynski Jesse Tvrdy will be the new principal at Ralston High School. Tvrdy comes to RHS from the Council Bluffs Community Schools District.

When many return to school in the fall, they have goals they want to accomplish for the new school year.

This year, Ralston High School’s new principal, Jesse Tvrdy, is entering the school with some goals of her own.

“The year, of course, is going to be learning about the traditions, value and culture of the school,” Tvrdy said. “I will be learning the students, staff and the community of Ralston.”

Tvrdy was previously the principal at Kanesville Alternative Learning Center in the Council Bluffs Community School District.

Tvrdy will be taking over the helm from previous principal, Steve Schrad, who held the job since 2013.

Schrad was appointed as the assistant principal and activities director at Ralston Middle School.

She was attracted to the different administrative style that RHS offers.

“Working at an alternative school, there was only one administrator,” she said. “I missed working with a team and the collaboration.”

At RHS, Tvrdy becomes part of a team of administrators leading the school. She wants faculty and staff to feel welcome and comfortable with her at the helm in time for the start of the new school year on Aug. 10.

“I’ve been inviting all staff in,” she said. “I wanted to let them know my door was open.”

Tvrdy also wanted to know what the staff likes about working at RHS and what changes they would like to see in the future.

She even led a leadership retreat so staff could learn new ways of achievement and growth.

With the start of the new school year around the corner, Tvrdy is ready to get things underway.

“I’m really excited,” she said.

“I’m just having a positive outlook and looking for the best in everyone. Positive intentions will build a strong leadership team. That trust with the teachers and staff will ultimately transfer to the classroom.”

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