August 24, 2015
“Get on the Bus” and Enjoy the Ride Through Proverbs
Get on the Bus: Driver—First person to greet you at pickup
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success-Proverbs 3:5-6.
For the Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding-Proverbs 2:6.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed- Proverbs 16:3.
We often are confronted with situations we don’t fully understand. God will guide your path. You should study his Word and be ever-watchful for His signs.
Get in the Right Seat
When you get on the bus, there may be many open seats. You should surround yourself with others who are an encouragement and help you.
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm-Proverbs 13:20.
Let the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance-Proverbs 1:5.
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord-Proverbs 16:20.
When you arrive at the inevitable crossroads of life, there will be wise men and women to guide us if we let them. If you are willing to listen and to learn, then you too will become wise. Teachers, parents and older peers are here to help guide.
Someone may sit with you. Be an encouragement and give wise advice.
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment- Proverbs 10:21.
Life is a team sport, and all of us need occasional pats on the back from our teammates. We are called to be a messenger of encouragement and hope.
Slow Down and Watch for Danger
A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it-Proverbs 22:3.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty-Proverbs 21:5.
We live in a fast paced world. Our circumstances change, our relationships change; our bodies change. We get older every day, but our Driver does not change.
Off the Bus: Driver—Last person to see you off safely at drop-off
Now that we have arrived at our destination you are about to get off the bus.
But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Proverbs 1:33
With the right driver, on the right bus, in the right seat and right mindset, you will “Enjoy the Ride.”
February 27, 2015
Dear Swifts and Coaches,
District & Area Champions!—HUNGRY for Another Chance to Play in the State Tournament in San Antonio!
“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and HUNGRY to continue the journey of success.” --Rick Pitino
What an exciting season—despite all the injuries and minor set-backs you have encountered throughout the season! However, just like the football season, you have remained focused and HUNGRY. You are healthy and ready to reach new levels of success.
You are to be commended for working as a team, sharing credit and the ball while earning the district and area championships. You have five more games to earn the top prize, A San Antonio State Championship! I believe you can be playing in the Alamodome, but it will take humility and sharing that relies on the contributions from each team member. As a member of the team, you each must remain focused, HUNGRY, and above all humble.
I am very proud of your accomplishments on the basketball court, in your academics, and in the character you exhibit in your daily lives. It is very exciting to be a part of Nazareth ISD and the Swifts! We are behind you all the way to State!
Psalm 107:9—For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the HUNGRY with good things.
Luke 1:53—He has filled the HUNGRY with good things, but has sent the rich away empty.
Hungry and focused,
Glen E. Waldo, Jr.
February 20, 2015
Dear Swiftettes and Coaches,
District & Area Champions--Basketball Play-Offs Begin to DEFEND Your State Championship!
“In sports, you simply aren’t considered a real champion until you defend your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning twice proves you are the best.” --Althea Gibson
Swiftette Basketball has a long storied history and you are writing another chapter as I write this letter. Last year you won the last 1A state championship title game in the UT Drum in Austin. You are in a position to win and ultimately play in the first 1A state championship title game in the Alamodome in San Antonio. There are other history facts that could be addressed regarding Swiftette Basketball, but I want to focus on you.
While I hope to be watching the boy’s regional championship game in Levelland while you are playing in San Antonio, I have tremendous confidence that you will DEFEND and repeat for another state championship. I am very proud to be the superintendent of Nazareth ISD and consider myself very fortunate to work with you and see your many accomplishments on the basketball court and other areas of your daily lives.
I will close my letter with a verse from Ecclesiastes. Applying the truth from this passage, just ponder the strength of a cord with five players (strands). It gets even mightier when you consider the players on the bench (12), the coaches (15), your parents (45) and the fans (??). We are behind you all the way to State and beyond!
Ecclesiastes 4:12--Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Defend and repeat,
Glen E. Waldo, Jr.
January 20, 2015
Help Nazareth ISD Compete for a grant of up to $25,000
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives rural public school districts the opportunity to compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to help fund science and math programs. Eligible farmers can nominate local public school districts for a grant. Please ask all of the local farmers you know to nominate our school today!
For the fourth consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education will award $2.3 million to enhance math and science education in rural communities in 2015. Grant applications will be judged based on the merit of the application, need and community support. Community support is affected by the number of farmers we have nominate our school district and this can strengthen our application.
If Nazareth ISD wins, we plan on using our grant money to purchase laptop computers for our one-to-one initiative. But first, we have to be nominated. The deadline for farmer nominations is April 1, 2015. So start spreading the word about this important opportunity today!
For additional information about the program, visit GrowRuralEducation.com.
January 5, 2015
Thank a School Board Member
January is School Board Recognition Month and Nazareth ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools.
“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting Nazareth ISD are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said Glen Waldo, Nazareth superintendent. “As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren.”
“Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Waldo said. “It’s more important than ever before that the community supports public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools,” he said.
Board members serving Nazareth ISD are: Alan Birkenfeld, Mitchell Brockman, Marty Gerber, Jennifer Heiman, Keith Hoelting, Jody Huseman and Joe Kleman.
When asked about major accomplishments of the past year(s), President Joe Kleman stated that " very strong and successful extracurricular offerings to meet the varied needs of all students is very high on my list." Member Jody Huseman elaborated further that "keeping the academic and extracurricular programs at a high level of success is an accomplishment and future challenge." Member Keith Hoelting stated that "the board and administration had worked very deliberately to make facility improvements like lights on the football field, resurfacing the tennis courts, and a new roof on the Quonset gym, without passing a bond and working within the current budget and using some fund balance." Vice President Alan Birkenfeld also stressed "that while many of the funds were reimbursed through a grant, positioning the district fiscally to add the wind turbines within the operating budget was another part of the facilities' accomplishments."
When asked why they serve on the board, Secretary Mitchell Brockman very easily summarized the words of most members. "'I'm very proud of Nazareth ISD. I want my children and all students attending Nazareth ISD to have the same opportunities and keep the pride for Nazareth." Members, Marty Gerber and Jennifer Heiman echoed these sentiments, "I want to give back to the community and students and keep Nazareth ISD and all of its programs at a high level of success."
“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $ 2.2 million, 227 students, and 39 employees. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future,” said Waldo.
December 1, 2014
Cafeteria Surveys & Increasing Participation
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank parents and students that participated in the surveys related to the cafeteria to increase participation and improvements. I also want to thank parents that attended the parent meeting on October 13, 2014. A summary of the survey data and recommendations made to SBDM on November 5, 2014 and to the school board on November 12, 2014 can be found on the Website, www.nazarethisd.net under announcements, Cafeteria Survey and Information.
At the parent meeting held on October 13, 2014, one of the major discussion items was about getting out of the federal School Lunch Program. Budget information was presented about the cafeteria. Approximately 35.8% of the cafeteria revenue came in the form of meal reimbursements and commodities from the federal School Lunch Program ($34,909 out of a total budget of $97,498). To get out of the federal program, paid meals or a local district supplement would be needed to provide the free/reduced meals for many students and the commodities.
The question was asked about how many students would need to eat or participate for the cafeteria to operate outside the federal lunch program. With last year’s budget of $97,498 divided by 177 school days, that equals a daily budget of $550.84. At the current lunch price of $2.50, the cafeteria would need to serve 220.33 students. With an enrollment of 228, we would almost need 100% daily participation and not all students would be paying for the lunches as some qualify for free or reduced prices. If lunch prices are increased, the following number of students would need to eat at the projected paid price.
$550.84/$3.00=183.61 Students Daily
$550.84/$3.50=157.38 Students Daily
Another parental concern expressed on October 13 and through the survey was about serving processed proteins/entrees. Mrs. Wilhelm continues to acquire more muscle proteins as possible while using commodities already ordered and in the freezer. The cafeteria is serving whole beef hamburger patties and served oven fried chicken legs. Whole muscle proteins almost double the entrée cost of the meal. So instead of a total budget of $97,498, increased food costs will increase the budget over $100,000 per year forcing lunch prices to increase and more participation especially if we move outside the federal School Lunch Program.
The extensive requirements for each meal and the menu planning guide was also presented at the Parent Meeting. Menu requirements now look at daily and weekly requirements and offerings must include:
The above requirements are summarized on Lunch and Breakfast Menu Planning found on our Website.
The survey information from students and parents was presented in a summary report that can be found on our Website (to save copying costs). Based on the top entrée & vegetable choices, a four week menu was developed with some of the same offerings on the same day each week (i.e. Mondays-chicken strips/nuggets, popcorn chicken & steak fingers). The monthly menu suggestion may also be found on the Website.
The following concerns were presented to the Site-Based Decision Making Committee (SBDM) on November 5 and to the school board on November 12.
While it not my intent to create a negative narrative regarding the cafeteria and increasing participation, it is very important that you understand many of the challenges and requirements. It will take some time to change and use commodities ordered last January-March.
It is important that continued support be provided to Mrs. Wilhelm and her staff in the cafeteria. Student surveys were very positive about the friendliness of the cafeteria staff. Along with daily food preparation, the daily paperwork documenting all the meal requirements and production records, they hold one of the most stressful jobs in the school district Therefore, I am writing to ask for your patience and continued encouragement to your child(ren) to try some of the new meats being served in the cafeteria as we make changes to improve the cafeteria.
November 9, 2014
Playoff Bound – 2014 Nazareth Swifts Bringing Back the Tradition!
Dear Swifts and Coaches,
I had the opportunity a few summers ago to meet and visit with Colt McCoy and his father in Red River, NM. Following this exchange, I read each of their books and want to share with you some of their experiences and how Colt and his brothers found success on the gridiron.
“You’re not going to coast through this and not make your best effort. You are going to work hard and do your best and be a leader. It’s going to be difficult as well as challenging, but if you put the work in, you will succeed. You are going to play sports and work hard as well. You are going to prepare. Great leaders are always prepared for the path ahead of them.” Brad McCoy, Growing Up Colt, 2011.
This is the message I want to share with you this playoff season – to progress deep into the playoff season, we need your best effort. Swifts, you will have to work hard, do your best, and be a leader. This will be challenging, but you can and will succeed.
The Swift football theme of “Bringing Back the Tradition” has served you well. Despite some setbacks and injuries, the Swifts have never given up. The White Deer game was a prime example. The Happy Cowboys left Swift Field knowing they prevailed in a hard fought battle.
You are a team, a group with a common goal, a common desire, and a common commitment. Colt stated that “you must prepare yourselves for the path to success, not try to manipulate the path so success comes at no cost.” You have shown resilience by getting back on your feet when you are knocked down and have learned the value of never giving up. You have worked hard, set goals and attained one. Keep it up!
“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
What an honor to enter the playoff season as the superintendent of Nazareth ISD! Swift Football has been something to watch, as I have really enjoyed the 6-man game since moving to Nazareth! It has been fun and a new experience for my boys, too. Swifts, as you advance confidently into the playoffs and know that we, the Swift Fans, believe you have the heart, the soul and determined effort to succeed. We are behind you as you bring back the tradition into 6-man football, too.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Glen E. Waldo, Jr, Superintendent
October 31, 2014
Dear Swiftettes and Coaches,
What an honor to be the superintendent of Nazareth ISD! I regret that I will not have the honor of seeing you run in Round Rock on Saturday, but I will be praying for a safe trip and your individual best run!
I know that “Home of Champions” is a long standing motto, but it does describe your cross country team. You are a team, a group with a common goal, a common desire, and a common commitment. Steve Garvey stated, “You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful.” Although Garvey spoke these words about his team, he could have been speaking of the 2014 Swiftette Cross Country Team.
Your credo, “We Run This Town” accurately describes each of you and your team. I attended many cross country meets this fall and witnessed each team member pushing another team member to make the TEAM better, stronger and faster. I like to get into work early while it is quiet, and guess who was already working before me? Swiftettes, running in the dark before day break! You are to be commended for working so hard and representing the school and community of Nazareth with class, grace and speed.
You have had a faithful group of fans throughout the cross country season and I know I can speak for each of them and proclaim “Win State!” With so few points separating 1st place and 3rd place, your individual best at the state meet could put you on top! WE RUN THIS STATE!
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” Luke 13:24
Glen E. Waldo, Jr., Superintendent
October 1, 2014
Dear Parents and Families:
During the Week of October 13-16 (National School Lunch Week) we have several activities to strengthen the educational teamwork of students, parents and teachers. I want to encourage you to schedule a conference to meet with your child’s teacher/teachers during the week. A conference schedule and master schedule is included to assist you with arranging that meeting/those meetings.
I especially wanted to invite you to attend a parent meeting on Monday morning, October 13, 2014, at 8:00 AM in the cafeteria to hear a short presentation regarding the cafeteria, the meal requirements and most importantly gain parent input at this meeting and through a survey. We want your child/children to eat in the cafeteria and are seeking ways to increase participation! With the completed survey, Nazareth ISD will issue a voucher to feed you a lunch or breakfast in the cafeteria during the week. If you are planning to eat a meal during the week, please call or email Carolyn Wilhelm at 945-2231 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Working parents may want to take advantage of breakfast as the serving starts at 7:30 am. Using the attached master schedule, you can pinpoint the lunch time for your child/children to eat with them.
Also during the week, our Scholastic Book Fair will be in session. On Friday, October 10, students will have an opportunity to preview the book fair and will bring home fliers.
The book fair will be open in Mrs. Melina Birkenfeld’s room (Room 110) next to the Principal’s Office.
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read to school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
In School Book Fair Dates: October 13-16, 2014
Shopping Hours in Room 110: 7:45-9:10 AM & 3:30-4:00 PM
On-Line Book Fair Dates: October 8-28, 2014
Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs.
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from October 8, 2014 to October 28, 2014. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.
I want to also remind you that students have a holiday on Friday, October 17. Teachers have staff development during the student holiday. Have a nice long weekend!
Glen E. Waldo, Jr. Superintendent
August 25, 2014
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!
When riding a bicycle, there is a world of difference between cruising downhill and pedaling uphill. It is called momentum. Today is a very exciting day and we are all at the top of the summit or mountain about to go on the downhill slope with momentum. We have forgotten many past hardships and mistakes and we have high expectations and optimism. Soon we will reach the bottom of the hill, and we will face the uphill climb without momentum. Pedaling uphill will be very tiresome and will require additional effort. When we get tired, we often become negative and blame others. What is the difference? Attitude.
Take responsibility for outcomes and don’t blame others for failures or hardships. Recognize what is beyond your control and focus on what y
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