Trojan Good Things, 1/28

Trojan Good Things, 1/28
Posted on 01/28/2022
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I hope you’ve had a productive last Friday of January, Trojans. I also hope you’re beginning to feel the reprieve from the constant stress of another round of pandemic-related crisis. Many of you are still at home recovering, and many of our students and families are still recovering;  our prayers and thoughts are certainly with them. However, in general, it does appear that we are transitioning back to our “normal” from October-December. That is the topic of our Trojan Good Things today.

We just celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here’s a quote from Dr. King that is very relevant to the moment we are in right now … “The ultimate measure of a man [or woman] is not where he [or she] stands in the moments of comfort, but where he [or she] stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

We have all been operating in crisis mode since we returned to school on January 4, and we absolutely have been facing challenges of epic proportions. THANK YOU for choosing to stand with us at HSSD through the crisis-conditions we have experienced this month. THANK YOU for facing this crisis with courage, kindness, and love towards our kids and our community. I hope you give yourselves permission to transition out of crisis mode this weekend. Covid-19 is certainly not going away, but it is important to recognize that the very difficult last three weeks will not last forever. Teaching and serving kids during a pandemic will not always be our reality. I hope you know that you - as educators and professionals in education - have stood strong in one of the very toughest industries that you could be in during a pandemic and you have absolutely stood on the side of what is best for our kids. I applaud you and I thank you. 

A few specifics for you - Thank you elementary schools for making the 100th Day of School so much fun this week. The photos and stories of celebrations are all precious. This is such a fun Trojan tradition that you bring to life for students. Thank you to our Gifted & Talented Team and all staff involved with hosting Spelling Bees in our elementary schools and the HSJA. Our kids compete in the Garland County Spelling Bee  on Tuesday, February 8, and we are bringing more kids than we ever have! Thank you to our high school for continuing to be creative with the ways you are engaging our families; we are all excited about the new Literacy Night events! And, thank you to so many high school student groups for being part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations. We should all feel deep pride when we see Trojan students participating in such an important day of service. Finally, remember that our Trojan kids are busy with programs and athletic events even during the winter. Our Oaklawn STEM Robotics Team - the OSM Operators - won an award at the State Robotics Competition earlier this month! Our Beta Clubs at each school are working hard right now (and so are our Beta Sponsors!) to prepare for upcoming Beta Competitions. Our Trojan Basketball Teams play Lakeside at home tonight (and we are hosting an exciting Honorary Jersey Retirement Ceremony for Sha Hopson!). Our Trojan bowling, swim, and wrestling teams are also actively competing and making great strides. Our Trojan Band has also been busy on weekends participating in Regional Band Competitions. We have so much to be thankful for in our Trojan family; I’m so proud of you all, and the differences you make in the lives of these special students. 

As a small gesture of appreciation, the district will be providing lunch at each of our schools next week (Langston - Tuesday (Don Juan’s), HSJA - Wednesday (Bubba’s), Oaklawn STEM - Thursday (Don Juan’s), and MSVPA, Park, & HSWCHS - Friday (Don Juan’s, Bubba’s, & Don Juan’s, respectively).  Please enjoy!

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