We thank the parents who supported the two Lower School football teams this season, the players and the coaches, by supplying food, cheers, and rides since the hottest days of early August until the chilly finale Tuesday night. The school simply could not field the same caliber of a program with out you moms and dads doing what only you can do for these boys after school hours.
Also, the numerous volunteer coaches must be saluted, a tremendous blessing as our invaluable, quality instructional and orgazional resource for developing young players.
The eighth grade football team completed yet another undefeated season with their 8-0 record this year, topped off by their 35-0 win at Briarcrest Tuesday night.
From Coach Wade:
The 2011 8th grade Owls finished the season undefeated (8-0), and more importantly we had fun and got better. This group is very talented. We had numerous playmakers, and quality lineman who did the hard work.
As we started the season my goal for the team is always similar: "Have fun, and get better." As this season progressed, a new slogan was born: "Work to Win."
It started with the adjustment to 6:00 a.m. practices, but continued throughout the season as the whole team worked together to drive the sled, during our "5 and 5” drill. The team came together and continued to move forward. Kids competed each week to earn playing time.
We owe part of our success to all the support of the parents. Thank you to all, and especially Lauren Keel, who helped coordinate numerous deliveries of pizzas and Popsicles. Yes, that means that Coach Wade was asking the moms to bring popsicles.
Some of the highlights of the season:
First ever team bus rides to away games
Film sessions-" The film does not lie"
Bomb pops after practice
The jumbo set
Coach Frasier's gifting of the "swag" sunglasses
Watkins dumping cold water on Coach Wade's head
Good luck to our varsity team in the playoffs. Please come out and support them.
Great job by all…
"Have fun, and get better" and continue to "work to win."
The seventh lost 36-12 to the Briarcrest seventh graders ending a 1-6 season for the squad.
From Coach Burnett:
This season the 7th grade Owls took the field against some formidable opponents in the PAA 7th and 8th grade league. While outmanned most evenings they fought hard and will be better for it as their careers continue. The 1-6 record does not reflect the effort put forth and the progress made throughout the season. The offense was led by Cole Middlebrook at quarterback, with Steven Regis, Jack McCaghren, and Jalen Love providing much of the offense. The line was led by dependable Jack Heatcott and both offensive tackle and defensive end. On defense, the Owls were led by Evan Smith at LB and Burch Baine at DB. Several players showed great improvement as the season progressed, notably John Walker Huffman and McCall Knowlton. Brighter days are ahead for this group as they were put to a difficult test and did not get discouraged.
Swep Wallace ('16) and Wes Flemmons ('16) labor under the watchful eye of their Advising Group leader Jim McClain following lunch today. Their Advising Group serves us this week being responsible for Campus Beautification, policing the hallways and cleaning the dining hall tables and floor. Unbeknownst to the current generation, the ubiquitous Mr. Springfield (right portrait on the background wall) looks on approvingly as well.
Furman University professor of Education Paul Thomas, author of 12 books about public educational methods, writes “a spare approach to technology in the classroom will always benefit learning... Teaching is a human experience,” he said. “Technology is a distraction when we need literacy, numeracy and critical thinking.”
Charlie Wiener ('17) won the seventh grade division of today’s Battle of the Books on the Hyde Chapel steps and will get an iTunes gift card presented to him in Monday’s assembly. The Library staff will also have a few other prizes to hand out. Mrs. Bonnie Barnes, the lady pictured here amongst the sea of boys, gave all the contestants who missed their questions a prize just for participating, and the five who got through the first round also got a prize.
The eighth graders did not get to have their contest after we inadvertently dismissed them, and/or they took off running for cupcakes available at the Library for Upper School contestants, so we will take a few minutes in Monday or Tuesday’s assembly to do hold their contest. Lesson #1: Fridays and cupcakes following morning doughnuts is a recepie for hyper activity... not that there's anything wrong with it.
Deuteronomy 6 presents our world with the famous Shema, more specifically, verse 7, the ancient, traditional charge for parents to teach their children about the ways of God, the world, and life and how to live it. Religious organizations editorialize the directive with their particular traditional instructions and priorities. Schools get employed in the spirit of the idea, helping to instruct young people in order to support such a spirit of a broad education. While we here aim to concentrate our lessons on the more mundane necessities of reading, writing, and arithmetic (generally speaking), we do so understanding that our diverse student population does not live in a vacuum, and the awaiting world will bite them back, even if they enter prepared.
Therefore, in order for the boys to become better people as individuals as they live in community, they must be trained up intentionally with the goal of sending them off into the crazy world as ambassadors of justice, mercy, and humility before God and man, able to stand on their own, able to make some sense about what's going on around them, hopefully doing so at a high level of thought, empathy, and understanding, all the while armed with the ability and confidence to know when to act and to risk where circumstances call for an active response. Trained to do so through reading good literature and history, learning science and mathematics, Old and New Testament study, creating art, participating in athletics and organizations while shouldering ever-increasing responsibility... that's the way we here choose to offer our solution to training up a boy through a worthy daily experience. Not a simple task. Meanwhile, competing voices aim for their affections and attention, and bloodshed greets those who can no longer cope with the status quo. What that bloodshed leads to is a whole other chapter. There's been a lot of blood in the news lately, and we shouldn't ignore it.
If you are looking for a way to discuss life's opportunities and threats with Junior, consider a starting point with the recent unrest in the Arab World, widely discussed as the Arab spring. What fascinating times unfolding before our eyes! We suggest these interactive links as a good visual aid which allows ensuing discussion to jump into about any direction one wants to go, from natural resources and economics to religion, social systems, and politics. Your family probably has an opinion worth your son's time and investigation. He's only young once. Talk about things.
Those of us who grew up confronted with disturbing images from Vietnam and Desert Storm, both in print and on television, should be encouraged in the task as we have a lot in common with the current school-age generation who sees Colonel Gaddafi in the news and all over the web: serious armed conflict far away, not always easy for us to understand as to the reasons why and to what end, that involves us way over here.
We think this is as good of a practical beginning point as any. You have to start somewhere.
By popular demand, we present some Coach Joe Tyler MRQs (Download Math Review Quizzes), and/or you can use Quizlet. Consider challenging Junior with these automatically-reloading sets of arithmetic opportunities as part of his daily discipline. It won't take a total of five minutes from printing to slamming down the pencil when the whistle blows!
If your son makes a particularly cool review exercise on Quizlet, we'd love to see it/share it.