|UPDATE: Due the severe winter weather, The WHS playoff game scheduled for tonight in Allen has been postponed. Coaches and officials are working on a new day and time and hope to have it finalized by 4:00 today. We will post it as soon as we know here and on our Facebook page. |
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David Vinson, Ph.D.'s Multimedia Blog
On my desk a few days ago, I was greeted by a giant stack of mail. Not just ordinary mail; mail from students. I occasionally get a few parcels in the mail from kids discussing their viewpoints ranging from dress code to course offerings and cafeteria food. This mail was different.
This mail included a ton of thank you notes from the Wylie High School band. These kids just returned from the state marching contest where they were among the elite bands making it into the top ten finals. They did a wonderful job and I really felt like I should be sending them a note congratulating them on a job well done! (and I did)
Instead, our kids chose to thank the school board and entire community for supporting them in this great accomplishment. One of our Wylie Way Essentials of behavior is to always say excuse me, please and thank you. Gratitude is a scarce resource in today’s world and teaching it to our kids is essential in building a better community. I am so grateful for these kids, their parents and great band directors who led them in this effort. This group of kids just showed us how it’s done…the Wylie Way!
|Posted by David Vinson, Ph.D. at 6:50 AM|
In my opinion, the Wylie Way shines most brightly during our season of caring and giving. During November and December, our Wylie family finds so many creative ways to give back to the community and each other. From our bus drivers to students in the classroom we show everyone our best! For example, our transportation department collected nearly 900 boxes of macaroni for the Christian Care center.
Cassie Evans Groves Gators started their own program called “feeding for reading” and signed up sponsors one week, and the second week they collected food from their sponsors, collecting 360 items and nearly $150 for the Christian Care Center, wow!
Mr. Rice’s class at Cooper Junior High decided to create a little sweetness in the lives of overseas troops! As Halloween came to an end the candy started to be the hot topic of the school. Chris (one of our very bright students) has come up with the idea that any unwanted candy that kids maybe don’t like or just want to give away is being donated to the Wylie Treats for Troops Foundation. Along with giving them cavities, they also made them some cards, put them in decorated boxes.
We also received help from outside groups where students are making a difference. Red Door Dance Company was InspiRED and collected lots of food for our families...it just never ends!!!
|Posted by David Vinson, Ph.D. at 6:32 AM|
I associate the color red with so many positive things such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Love, Texas Tech, etc. It’s a color that evokes passion and purpose and that’s what we are all about these next two months.
Spreading good love and cheer is part of the Wylie Way and teaching our kids to give back and help the community is one of the most important lessons we can teach them. During this time we hope to inspire our entire community by being INSPI[RED]! You can help us by serving caring and giving!
On November 13 (Wednesday) we are symbolizing this commitment by wearing red and being inspi[red]!
Want to know more, check out this video and see how our schools are being inspi[red]!!!!!
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x3aTtgd0HI
|Posted by David Vinson, Ph.D. at 4:54 PM|
Both 1990 and 1991 were interesting years for me. I had recently graduated from college and entered the workforce. Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait, and the Gulf War was taking shape. My future brother-in-law served as a Marine reserve and was preparing to deploy to Desert Storm. Immediately prior to his deployment, he married my sister in the way many couples did during that time. While both resided in Amarillo, they were married in California. They had a beautiful wedding complete with “bridesmaids” from my brother-in-law's unit. Until that time, I never really dwelled on the perils of serving in the military. Fears of what would happen to my brother-in-law, Arthur Ware, frightened my entire family. My brother-in-law is VERY patriotic; and, to him, service before self is more than lip-service. I have forever been changed by experiencing his attitude of never thinking twice about protecting us.
I am proud to report that, after years of serving our country, Arthur came home safe and has continued his service as the Potter County judge in Amarillo. And, his beautiful marriage to my sister, Kathy, continues to grow and thrive. However, there is one more thing that has not changed. I continue to admire this man and all of the other men and women who have walked the same path. They all possess something special; they are beacons of light who, in many ways, emulate angels who protect us from harm.
In our own district of Wylie, there are angels among us. With more than seventeen-hundred employees, WISD is well represented by veterans. As we celebrate Veteran's Day, let’s remember them and thank them for their service.
On behalf of the board of trustees, thank you, veterans, for shining your light and protecting this great country.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, ARMY RESERVES
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
|Posted by David Vinson, Ph.D. at 12:21 PM|
The Wylie Way is essentially about imparting the kinds of values for our kids that we want to see in future citizens of the great communities we serve. Our community believes in the idea that the values that have built Wylie and our great state are the strongest in the country; and, we want our kids to share those same values. With this is mind, we intentionally teach our students to be responsible, respectful, patriotic, caring, and giving…The Wylie Way.
This month launches the best example of how The Wylie Way works. Most school districts take part in a National United Way drive to give back to organizations in different places. Instead of fostering that mentality, Wylie ISD gives back to organizations in the community that directly benefit the families we serve. One of these organizations is the Christian Care Center. During the course of a year, the Christian Care Center serves approximately three thousand families. Wylie ISD is proud to be the center’s biggest annual donor. Last year, Wylie ISD donated more than 160,000 units of food and provided $12,000 in cash donations. What does this mean for our community? TONS! This is enough food and supplies to meet the needs of families for seven months! What other school district even remotely makes that kind of impact on their community and kids???
I am a terrible fund raiser; but, for this cause, it’s worth it! Without our help, the Christian Care Center would have a difficult time serving the community and providing the needed food and supplies. Today starts our drive, and our community needs your help! From now until Friday, November 15, we need to make a difference by stocking the shelves of the Christian Care Center. Monetary donations are also crucial. Soon, every campus will have their own drive to collect food and funds for this effort. Please take time to help us support this worthy cause, and talk with your children about the importance of caring and giving back to the community.
Teaching our children to give back to their community and care about each other…it’s The Wylie Way!
|Posted by David Vinson, Ph.D. at 9:31 AM|
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