August 30, 2017~Year 10, No. 3

New Teachers at Nazareth ISD

Charlotte O’Danielle

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from.

I live in Tulia Texas, and I taught for over forty years there. I have a daughter and two grandchildren.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

I will be teaching Geometry, all Dual Credit maths, and pre-calculus.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am very excited to be teaching here because my nephews attended school here several years ago.

What are you most excited about?

I am excited to meet all the students and be able to get to know them a bit better than I was able to in Tulia since Nazareth is smaller.

What are your degrees and from what college?

I graduated from Tulia High School, and earned my Bachelor’s degree from WT A&M. I also earned my Masters in Education from WT.

What are your personal goals that you have set for yourself this coming year?

I want to push the kids as far as they can go so they can be the best they can be.

Besides the Swifts and Swiftettes, what other teams are your favorite?

I support the Dallas Cowboys and of course the Tulia Hornets.


UIL Lone Star Cup Presentation Scheduled for Nazareth High School

                The University Interscholastic League will honor Nazareth High School on Sunday, September 3 for its 2017 Conference 1A UIL Lone Star Cup victory. The UIL Lone Star Cup trophy presentation will take place during a community parade in Nazareth which begins at 10:00 a.m.

“The UIL Lone Star Cup rewards the best overall academic, athletic and music programs in the state of Texas,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “To win, every student, teacher and coach across all areas of UIL competition must contribute. The winning schools and communities should be proud of this outstanding achievement.”

With state championships in academics, girls basketball and tennis, state runner-up in girls cross country, and regional finalist in boys basketball, Nazareth earned 76 total Lone Star Cup points for the 2016-17 school year. The Swifts also earned points in UIL football and baseball. This is the first UIL Lone Star Cup victory for Nazareth High School.

The UIL Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A), based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship, also presented by the UIL. The UIL Lone Star Cup program began during the 1997-98 school year.

The presentations for 2017 UIL Lone Star Cup winners Argyle, Dallas Highland Park and Conroe The Woodlands will occur later this fall. Wall will be presented with their trophy on Friday, September 1. Sundown was presented with their award earlier this fall.

Community Announcements

Nazareth Education Foundation Fundraiser & Steak Dinner

On Saturday, September 30, the Education Foundation dinner starts with a social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The $100 tickets include two steak dinners and an entry into the reverse raffle drawing. The top prize in the raffle is $1,500. For the steak dinner only, it is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will be entertainment by Steven Birkenfeld.

Starting School: Mr. Waldo

                GOOD MORNING, NAZARETH! I want to welcome students, parents, family and friends.  While we still have some roof repairs, the staff has been working extra hard to have the school as ready as possible.

Habits—“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”  Quoted to Benjamin Franklin.

Adolescents are notorious for not getting enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7¼ hours. However, they need between 9 and 9½ hours (studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9¼ hours of sleep). Many teens have a technology playground in their bedrooms: television, computer with 24/7 Internet access, cell phone, electronic game stations, and so forth. These technologies provide instant and constant contact with peers that impact sleep and your ability to fall asleep.

The curfew set by the extracurricular training rules and maybe earlier by your parents are in your best interests and well-being.  You will need a good habit of sleep and routines when you get on your own as you begin full-time jobs and post-secondary life.

Attitude—Not say much here.  Mrs. Birkenfeld had an entire theme in the past.  But your habits including rest for your brain and body are paramount to a positive and healthy attitude.

Talents–A talent is something that you are born with that gives you unique skills and abilities. It can be strengthened and practiced.  The talents and gifts set us apart from each other. When you discover the talents that God has given you and you use them to glorify Him, you will experience a full life!

Skills—Last year in the boy’s basketball playoff game against Shamrock that was played in Panhandle, we had many old friends from Sunray there to watch the Swifts and Jake.  “How is Nazareth so successful in everything?”  was the frequent question.  You have been given many talents and gifts, but work and perfecting your skills is the key to success.  It is an expectation that has been modeled by your parents and their parents.  The past several weeks I have observed individuals and groups running and preparing for the upcoming cross country season without coach supervision—but with the expectation to come ready and in shape when school starts.  I often work late in my office, and I hear all the cars driving by my window and office coming to work in the evening as they prepare for an upcoming judging contest or other leadership contest.  When I leave the office, I see the cars of a few students that are still in the gym after scheduled practice working on free shots, three-point shots and other skills that set them apart.  What is the key to Nazareth’s successes?  HARD WORK while practicing skills and refining talents!

Belgians Enjoy Time in Nazareth

                On August 17-25, the Debranbander Family traveled to Nazareth to visit their friends, Darryl Birkenfeld & Joann Starr.  Darryl met Miren and her family during his studies in Leuven, Belgium back in the mid-1980s, and they have maintained a friendship ever since, with visits back and forth between the two countries.  Before arriving in Nazareth, the Debranbanders spent 3 weeks traveling around 10 states and visiting 8 National Parks in the western U.S.!  While in Nazareth, they attended Sunday Mass at Holy Family Church, rode horses with Lane Birkenfeld, went to Caprock Canyonlands State Park, helped harvest garden vegetables, and enjoyed a 2-day excursion to NM to visit Chimayo and the Plaza in Santa Fe.  They returned to their home in Leuven 5 days before the 3 teenagers start back to school.


the Debranbander family and Darryl Birkenfeld

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