Let's all just breath a collective sigh of relief that a week of testing is almost over. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
Better? I know testing is a stressful time for students AND teachers alike. It seems like everyone is on edge during testing. Like I'm going to walk down a hallway and see a teacher with bloodshot eyes and part of a muffin in their hair or something...Okay not really (maybe).
And yet, even in the midst of all of the stress, good things still happen! This week was no exception. First, Adrienne Emerson, Robowranglers coach, received the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the Robowranglers most recent competition, the Dallas Regional. This award is very prestigious/exclusive. It's presented to an outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. The award is only given to one mentor at each regional throughout the season. Each recipient is eligible to win the World Championship Woodie Flowers Award later in April at the World Competition. In order to be considered for the award, students must submit an essay nominating someone from their team, “which made it all the more special to receive” said Emerson. You can read about the Robowranglers most recent win here!
Right now, the Robowranglers are in Canada competing in the Waterloo Regional. More on that later!
Pictured with Christine are Bowie staff members and Ila Gilstrap, former Bowie teacher of 46 years, who received the 2016 Person of Distinction Award.
Did I mention there were several awards this week? This week, Christine Sandlin, a Bowie Elementary Crossing Guard for 13 years, was awarded the 2016 Unsung Hero Award. Christine, who will be 87 in June, has served the Bowie students through rain, wind, heat, snow and sleet since 2003. Always going above and beyond, she also crochets caps for the children that don’t have warm clothing. I don't know about you, but that warms my heart. In a world where we are bombarded with horrible images and stories daily, it's nice to be reminded that there are amazing people in this world.
The GISD Finance Department won the Meritorious Budget Award for the fourth consecutive year as well! The Meritorious Budget Awards (MBA) program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and recognizes exceptional school business officials' skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria. I love when "behind the scenes" people receive recognition for their hard work. Make sure you reach out to our Finance office to congratulate them!
Remember this moment? It's when our GHS Lion Pride Band won the coveted Sweepstakes Award for the first time in over 30 years! Well, this week, Director of Bands, Joel Weisberg, received a very kind and encouraging letter (pictured below) from the Assistant Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Y'all...That. Is. Cool. To take the time to not only notice that record, but then to write a congratulatory letter to the band and Director? Kudos UIL.
That's all for now! See you again for next week's post!