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Happenings In Panther Nation - October 2019

On October 4, I was honored to join the 1996 Joshua Owls football coaching staff and players for an induction ceremony into the Joshua ISD Athletic Hall of Fame. This group of coaches and players were very special in our lives, and we were excited to have the opportunity to participate in this special event.

The time leading up to October 4 evoked many emotions. There was happiness, excitement, nervousness, but one of the most dominant feeling was one of apprehension. I always worried if I would be able to recognize players that I had coached twenty-three years ago. We had special moments together during our playoff-run, but I kept wondering if I would remember these 17 year-old players in 40 year-old bodies.

On the night of the ceremony, Marla and I gathered together with the rest of the coaching staff and their families early and had a great time of reminiscing. We told stories, laughed, and reconnected after so long apart. The humorous part was that each of us had the same fear: we wouldn’t recognize the players!!

Shortly before the ceremony was scheduled to start, we walked down on the field, and finally, we were able to see the players. As they turned their heads, saw us, and said, “Hey Coach!” it was so easy to recognize them. It was as if they went back to being a 17 year-old high school kid, and we hugged and began sharing memories!! The evening was fantastic as we enjoyed the ceremony, visited with the players and their families, and had a chance to hear what they were doing today.

As I have reflected on that night, it would be easy to believe the highlight of the night was the induction ceremony, but for me, the opportunity to experience a reunion with a special group of coaches and players was the best part. Reconnecting with Bobby, Cody, Cade, BJ, Mookie, and so many more was special and reminded me of how important it is to build relationships.

Our reunion that night would not have been exceptional if we had not developed a deep bond while we were at Joshua High School. The moments we spent together in athletics and the classroom made us want to get together again.

As we approach the midpoint of the 2019-2020 school year, I believe we have to reflect on the moments we are creating. We must pause and consider the relationships we are developing with our coworkers and students. We must contemplate would those around us desire to reconnect twenty years from now. We must examine our journey and determine if we are living The Energy Bus Rule # 7 Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.

In closing, I would like to challenge you to consider the following thoughts:

  • Am I spending quality time with my coworkers and students?

  • Am I investing in those around me?

  • Am I there to listen when my students need somebody to talk to?

  • Am I willing to hold those around me accountable with a loving heart?

  • Am I developing relationships today that will make me excited to get back together twenty-three years from now?

  • Which of your students will call you “Coach” when you meet up with them in the future?


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School Board Update

During the October Board Meeting, the following items came before the School Board:

Christine Bedre began a discussion of The Impact Cycle during the Curriculum Moment. She covered Identify which is the first step in this cycle. Mrs. Bedre will cover the next two steps in upcoming board meetings.

Dr. Penn presented an overview of legislative changes to the small and midsize allotments.

Edwin Schuessler presented an overview of the work completed during the summer by the technology department.

Tiffany Carwell presented the ESL program evaluation.

Josh Schultz presented an overview of the work completed during the summer by the maintenance and custodial department.

The School Board unanimously voted to approve the purchase of two school buses.

The School Board unanimously voted to approve the After-School YMCA program.

Teacher contracts were acknowledged as presented.