NEW STAFF AT NAZARETH ISD
COACH JUSTIN GARTMAN
Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.
I am married to the old Coach [Cassie] Stegall, who is now Coach Gartman or Gartwoman. I have a twin sister who is a teacher at Garden City. My mom is a retired teacher, and my dad is a retired teacher and coach. They live in Robert Lee where I was born and raised.
What classes will you be teaching and what sports will you be coaching?
I am teaching geometry, algebra II, and 7th grade math. I am an assistant coach.
How do you feel about coming to Nazareth ISD?
I am very excited. I was able to visit a few times last year, and now I’m glad to live here and be a part of everything.
What have you experienced in your first few weeks here?
Lots of rain
What are your degrees and from what college?
I graduated from Angelo State University with a B.S. in Education.
What are your personal goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?
I hope to get to know the people in Nazareth and figure out how to be the best teacher and coach that I can be.
Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorites?
I like the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.
SWIFTS START FOOTBALL SEASON WITH SUCCESS
On Saturday, August 27, the Nazareth Swifts had their season debut in Jayton, Texas in the annual Gridiron Classic. The Swifts played Saturday afternoon against the Rule Bobcats.
After waiting out the storm delay, the Swifts came out strong with several touchdowns in the first quarter creating a lead of 32-0. The team went into a quick halftime after letting the Bobcats score 12, but they quickly ended the game in the third quarter with the 45 point rule. The final score was a 57-12 victory for the Swifts.
Congratulations to the Swifts on this great beginning to the season and good luck to them the rest of the season. Their next game will be on Friday, September 2 in Ropes.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS 1A FAN
WATCH FOR BUS STOPS
Even in town traveling down 1st street and St. Mary’s, several bus stops are made.
When the bus driver activates the driver side Stop Sign and red lights, state law requires traffic traveling both ways to stop while students are loading or unloading. They vehicles remain stopped until the driver deactivates the Stop Sign and red flashing lights.
While stopped on Hwy 86 or CR 168 to load or unload students, buses do not pull off to the side of the road. They either enter the drive way entirely off the highway or should remain in the traffic lane and activate the driver side Stop Sign and red flashing lights. While activated, traffic behind and traffic driving toward the bus MUST stop until the student is safely away from the bus AND the bus driver deactivates the driver side Stop Sign and red flashing lights.
Please be alert and ready for bus stops before (7:00-7:45 AM) and after school (3:30-4:30 PM)
Thanks, Glen Waldo
Kindness—Opening Ceremony Speech by Superintendent Glen Waldo
George Washington Carver gave us peanut butter. He is a HERO. He also gave us some very wise words.
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
The word kindness is made up of two syllables—KIND and NESS. KIND means forgiving, warm-hearted, friendly, of a sympathetic or helpful nature, gentle, merciful, and tender. NESS is a suffix that means a state, condition, quality or degree. When the two syllables are combined they result in the following definition: KINDNESS: The quality or state of being warm-hearted, considerate, humane and sympathetic.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that being kind results in significant physical, mental and emotional health benefits:
* It maintains good health and diminishes the effect of disease.
* Endorphins or natural pain-killers are released as well as a physical sensation of euphoria, which leads to improved emotional well-being.
* Stress related problems including depression tend to improve after performing kind acts.
* Self-esteem is enhanced as well as feelings of optimism and happiness.
* The immune system is strengthened and physical pain decreases.
Wouldn’t you like to reap these physical, mental and emotional benefits? If so, be kind and practice kindness!
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”—Barbara de Angelis
“Kindness makes a fellow feel good, whether it’s being done to him or by him.”—Frank A. Clark
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.”—Joseph Joubert.
“Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.”—Ameila Barr
“Guard well within yourself that treasure—kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”—George Sand
Mark Twain–”Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
“Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.”—Robert Green Ingersoll
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”—Saint Basil
At the end of the day, love and kindness is purely personal choice. You can choose to make them part of your life and be a HERO or you can chose to not. Chose to be a HERO.