HAPPY FRIDAY!! Did anyone else feel like Friday took particularly long to get here?
As promised, here is post number two for this week. It has been a week full of competitions, trainings and some looking towards the future. I know, I know, "we do that most weeks!" says our staff. But trust me, this week it was a little different.
Let's start with the competitions. The GHS VEX Robotics teams competed in their first tournaments of the season this week. The Iron Cowboys VEX Robotics Team had a fantastic showing at their first competition this year at the Greenville “Nothing But Net” League Event. All five GHS teams made it to eliminations with Team 4148c and Team 4148a selected as alliance captains. Team 4148a won the Design Award for the design and presentation of their design for their robot as well as the Programming Award for their 106 point, one-minute autonomous program. The team’s success earned them the #26 ranking in the world and qualified them for nationals in Omaha. What an awesome start to the season! I can't say enough how endlessly impressed I am by our Robotics programs at all grade levels. Those students blow my mind with their work ethic and tenacity.
Yesterday, Crockett Elementary held their annual Career Fair on their campus. The Career Fair is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the students to get an up close and personal look at some organizations and clubs available to them in high school as well as some potential jobs and careers for them. The students saw demonstrations from the GHS Solar Car team (always a treat, seriously their cars are amazing), GHS Robotics, and FFA. They also got meet police officers, healthcare workers, veterinarians and much more! They even got to watch an Evac helicopter landing and get a look at the cockpit!
Moving onto trainings. This is where it gets interesting (as if the rest were boring). The Texas Literacy Grant funds all kinds of reading/literacy initiatives in Greenville ISD. Under the grant, we have the Director, Davia Madariaga, and Literacy Coaches that each focus on separate campuses. Yesterday, the Greenville Literacy Initiative Team hosted their first of the year vertical meeting. Como-Pickton ISD Literacy Initiative team members attended as well as representatives of the Institute for Public School Initiatives.
Now let's go TO THE FUTURE! No, not really. But, on Monday and Tuesday, we held a Future Forecasting training along with community leaders and business representatives. Dr. Clement Bezold and Mr. Willis Goldbeck, two international futurist experts, developed the foresight training over three decades to train education, government and corporate executives. the Futurists presented a two-day training that tasked the group with developing educational scenarios projected out to 2030. The group discussed where the future of education is going and what effects it may have on education on a global level. You can read the full story here.
October truly came and went in a blur. But even with all of that excitement, I'm sure November won't leave us bored ;)
Check back next week as we prep for Veterans Day and reflect on being thankful!
Hey everyone! Well, a week has come and (nearly) gone and there's quite a bit to tell.
1) The GHS Lion Pride Band had an outstanding competitive season! On Saturday, October 3rd, the band went to Commerce for the NETEX Invitational Marching Contest. They earned straight division 1 ratings and received superior judges comments in preparation for UIL Contest. On Saturday, October 10th, the band went to NEXT Invitational Marching Competition in Mt. Pleasant - at this competition our Drum Majors (Emma Anderson and Andrew Walker) received a division 1 rating, our band received straight division 1 ratings, our drumline received a division 1 rating, and our color guard received a 2. Our band made the Finals, and placed 6th overall for the competition. On October 13th, they competed at the Region 4 UIL Marching Contest in Mt. Pleasant. Our band received division 1 ratings across the board and earned the honor of representing our Region at the Area C Marching Contest on Saturday, October 24th, which is one contest away from the Texas UIL State Marching Contest. Please congratulate all band and color guard members when you see them, as well as our directors Joel Weisberg and Richard Burt!
2) The GHS Tennis team won 3rd place overall in district competition!! Tennis is coached by Mary Mulkey and Kayci Shellinger. This team has worked so hard all year long and perfectly exemplifies what it means to have "Lion Pride". Awesome job!
3) Last week, the ACE program put on their annual Lights On! For Afterschool rally on the steps of the Hunt County Courthouse. Mayor Pro Tempore and Principal at the Sixth Grade Center, spoke about the benefits of the ACE program.
4) Also last week, the GHS Homecoming game! Even though the weather could have been better, the traditional Homecoming activities carried on undetered. Congratulations to Homecoming King and Queen, Carandal Hale and Brittany Smith!
So much happened this week that I'm going to do another post tomorrow! Check back then :)
Good morning! Thanks for checking out our very first Greenville ISD blog! There's so much happening this year that we, as a district, wanted a faster (more fun) way to share what's going on with everyone.
October is an extremely busy month. Most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but it is also DrugFree Greenville's Red Ribbon month, Principal Appreciation month, the season for Fall Festivals and, of course, Homecoming.
So far this month, we've had several Red Ribbon events at our schools with plenty more coming up. Tomorrow is Parent Power with Jay Johnson at the Wesley Martin Administration Building at 7 p.m. (no kids please, adults only). Next Friday is also the annual kite fly at the Sixth Grade Center, which is always a lot of fun!
At the beginning of October, I had the opportunity to take photos for a plaque ceremony at New Horizons Learning Center. They received a very cool donation last May from Pud Kearns in honor of the late Jack Horton, Sr. I won't go into full detail because you can read that story here!
Something new we did this month was the "Support Blue" steak lunchto show appreciation and support for our local law enforcement. I couldn't believe how many officers showed up. The cafeteria at GMS was packed! I showed up to take some pictures and was overwhelmed by the gratitude that every officer present expressed. All I heard for the next two hours was "thank you so much for doing this!" or "this is so nice! Thank you!" It was awesome seeing how happy such a simple gesture made them. We will definitely be doing that event again next year!
Last Thursday, Crockett Elementary gathered the entire campus for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day group photo. The entire campus wore different shades of pink to create a big picture from an aerial view. The local fire department came out to the school so that we could take the picture from the top of their truck ladder. Unfortunately, the fire fighters wouldn't let me go up on the ladder to take the picture (huge disappointment!), so I handed one of them the camera to take the photo. He did a pretty good job!
The rest of the month is sure to have even more fun (and crazy) activities and events! Look out for next week's post to stay up to date on what's going on!