Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Week of October 22

Mr. Wink's Elementary Student Leader
of the Week is Gabby Lopez.
The +10 Mindset - Becoming a Champion
Now that we are in 3A competition, people have asked me questions about the large goal that I established for Blue Ridge. In May of 2018, I challenged our coaches and sponsors with a large goal. Blue Ridge will have a state champion team in 4 years. This goal is not exclusive to athletics. It also includes UIL Academics, Band, One Act Play, FFA, and Robotics. Every team is part of this lofty goal.

Now with that goal there are lots of questions about what that exactly means for us now. Well first, champions are built through the leadership of others. That means that our current seniors and juniors play a huge leadership role. We have amazing upperclassmen, and their leadership and participation are essential. They are part of the reason we are being so successful now, and they are serving as role models of leadership for our underclassmen to learn from so they can one day take the programs to the next level.

In order to reach our goal, it will take every one of us. We need parents, students, and educators working together to achieve our common goal, creating men and women of character who are committed to working hard to help their team excel in every way. The best teams are made of selfless teammates who make themselves better by helping everyone around them get better. We are excited to be in 3A, and we look forward to watch our teams and organizations learn, grow, and excel through both camaraderie and competition.

Currently, our volleyball team clinched its first ever playoff birth in 3A play and our football team has a strong chance of making the playoffs this year. Our band will compete in 3A competition on Saturday, and our UIL Academics teams are preparing for competition right now. I invite parents to support the kids in being the best they can be by committing to their team's success. That is how we build teams of excellence.

The Future of BRISD Enrollment
At the October 4 Long Range Facility Planning Committee meeting, Trent Smith with Templeton Demographics presented our projected enrollment for the next 10 years. Based on the report our enrollment is up 18 students from last year, and up 84 students from 2017. Their report shows BRISD to enroll over 900 students next fall and over 1000 by 2021.

Click this link to learn more about the Demographic Report, and please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m. at the BRISD Board Room.

What I'm Reading
How Stress Affects your Memory

Upcoming Events

Please join BRISD in our Boxed Food Drive.
The last day of the drive is Saturday, October 27
  • Fri, Oct 19 - Last Day of 1st 9 Weeks
  • Fri, Oct 19 - HS VB vs Leonard HOME
  • Fri, Oct 19 - HS FB vs Leonard HOME
  • Sat, Oct 20 - JH VB District Tournament at Leonard
  • Sat, Oct 20 - HS Band at UIL District Marching Contest
  • Week of Oct. 22 - Red Ribbon Week
  • Mon, Oct 22 - Staff Development Day (No School)
  • Thu, Oct 25 - BRISD Dinner Theatre Production at BRHS
  • Thu, Oct 25 - JV / JH FB vs Bells HOME
  • Fri, Oct 26 - HS FB at Bells
  • Sat, Oct 27 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival
  • Sat, Oct 27 - BRISD Dinner Theatre Production at BRHS
  • Sun, Oct 28 - Harvest Festival in Blue Ridge Square
  • Mon, Oct 29 - Carter Blood Drive at BRHS
  • Mon, Oct 29 - Parent Dyslexia Simulation Night at BRHS at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 1 - JH Football at Prairiland
  • Fri, Nov 2 - HS Football vs Prairiland HOME
4th Graders enjoying the Fun Friday Reward.

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Hosts and Guests by Phillip Lentz
Last weekend, there was a fantastic NCAA Football game played between the University of Oklahoma and Army.  Oklahoma was at home, ranked #5 in the country, and had the support of over 80,000 fans. Army was a huge underdog, but to the surprise of the college football world, they found a way to end the football game in a tie and force overtime!  In what was a relief to Oklahoma and a huge disappointment to Army, Oklahoma scored in overtime to win the game.

As you might expect, the Army athletes were upset and frustrated.  They had every right to be disappointed. They lost the game, but what they didn’t lose that Saturday night was their character.  When Army finished changing in the OU locker room, they made sure to clean it up-- even nicer than when they arrived. They didn’t make a mess, they didn’t leave trash on the floor out of frustration, and they worked hard to leave the locker room in perfect condition.  They were guests at Oklahoma’s stadium, but they acted like hosts!

Champions become champions by working hard when other people aren’t working.  Leaders earn followers when they act like hosts-- even when they are guests. If you want to reach your full potential as a leader, you must work hard to be a great host even when it isn’t easy.  It would have been easy for the Army football team to act like guests, but the character of these young men was on display in front of thousands of people during the game AND afterwards when no one was watching.  These men will be great leaders of our nation one day. How will you earn the right to lead others by being a great host in the future?

Blue Ridge Robotics Competes in Allen
The BRHS Robotics team competed in the Allen Robotics contest.  Our team competed against dozens of schools around Texas at the event.  While we didn't win, our students are being exposed to great learning opportunities that will help them get closer to victory in the future.  Special thanks to sponsors Darryl Spurgers and Kenny Williams for preparing our kids.  Below is a video that shows what Robotics is all about and the level of competition our kids experienced.

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