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!