GRATITUDE IS OFFERED TO ALL OF NAZ!
For 73 years this little village has pulled together each Labor Day Weekend to celebrate our “Labor of Love” as a community, church, and school. With parade, arts-n-crafts booths, Sunday dinner, Grand Auction, games for children as well as adults, and a hamburger at the end of the day, Nazareth has created not just a fund-raiser but also a fun-raiser. The spirit of cooperation the community has all year around is symbolized by the outpouring of dedicated workers willing to make love-offerings of their time, talent and treasure as they did on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
The organizers, lead by the capable church council, and supported by well-over a hundred and fifty workers, staffed this annual bazaar-bash with the historic theme of “Forbearers of the Forties” since that was the first decade that Rev. Norbert Wagner began this event. Many of the same Nazareth families that worked back in the 1940’s have grandchildren and great-grandchildren “fun-ning” and funding here this last Sunday. Father Ken Keller thanks each of you for your caring and sharing.
Swifts Kick Off
Local Nazareth folks were proud of the way our Swifts took on the Paducah Dragons Friday night! We were tied 22-22 at the end if the first quarter! The 2nd quarter got a little rough, and ended up 22-58. But, our boys regrouped and came back out at after halftime ready to play! 2nd half score was 14-20. The final score isn’t too pretty at 36-78, but if you take out that 2nd quarter it was a great game especially since Paducah is ranked 6th in the state, and Naz is placed at 42nd. It’s been tough with the Swifts football teams these last few years given the new plans for six-man games and several coaching changes, but we have a fantastic group of senior leaders this year that will help. This team has the potential to turn things around this year! There is still work to be done, but the players and fans sense that Swifts are up to the challenge. Looking forward to a great year – Go Swifts!
GREAT ATTITUDE IS OUR CHOICE FOR SUCCESS
By Mrs. Jeanie Birkenfeld, NISD Principal
I would like to welcome everyone this morning, especially our new staff members, William Raphelt – coach and social studies teacher, Jennie Raphelt – paraprofessional, and Melina Birkenfeld – special education teacher. I also want to give a very special welcome to the kindergarteners who are here for their first full day of school and our seniors for whom this is their last first day of high school.
The theme for this school year is “Attitude…It’s YOUR choice”.
Attitude is defined as the way you think and feel about someone or something. Every day things happen to us, some good, some not so good. How you react to these events, shapes your attitude and your life. It’s not what happens to us, but rather how we react to it. Feelings of anger, jealousy, and hopelessness prevent us from reaching our full potential. However, happiness and self-confidence will lead to success.
Students, you will play many games and participate in numerous competitions this year. If the outcome of one of these isn’t what you hope for, you can allow yourself to believe that one loss defines you and your team and quit trying and give up. Or you can choose to look at what you can do differently in order to have a better outcome the next time. A winning attitude is crucial for success.
Attitudes are contagious. Throughout my life I have noticed that when I surround myself with negative people, I become more negative. On the other hand when I hang around positive people, I not only become more positive, but I am happier. Choose your friends carefully and don’t let them bring you down.
While at a conference this summer, I said hi to a lady and asked her, “How are you?” Now when people ask you how you are, what is your reply? I usually answer, without thinking, “Fine” or “Great”. This lady’s response was, “I am blessed.” Isn’t that how each of us should feel every day? We truly are blessed to be a part of this community and this school.
Today, I leave you with some words from Mahatma Gandhi.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
Thank you and whether you are in kindergarten or a senior or somewhere in between let’s make this a fabulous year leading to a wonderful destiny!
“I THINK I CAN” IS MOTTO OF OUR YEAR
By Mr. Glenn Waldo, NISD Supt.
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 you can change. Keep a sense of hope, enthusiasm and optimism. Look for changes that you can make so your uphill challenges are better without complaining. Recognize that what you are doing is important and have a sense of purpose to keep moving forward.
Have the “I think I can” attitude.” Be “The Little Engine that Could.” I have high expectations for another great school year with many more successes and accomplishments. You have teachers and parents will the same expectations. How do you keep momentum? Adjust your attitude and learn from your failures. Change what you can control and keep pushing forward. Celebrate and recognize each little victory you have this year and you will have another a great year! I know you can. I know you can. I know you can.
OUR COMMUNITY ENHANCED BY CASTRO COUNTY HEALTH CARE
All of the Nazareth residents are invited to the Open House in Dimmitt of the Plains Memorial Hospital with its newly remodeled patient rooms on Wednesday, September 10th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tours and refreshments are offered along with information on services available. Please come visit us now before there is any medical needs so that you will know that we are truly here to serve you and your family.