September 6, 2017~Year 10, No. 4

Labor Day Weekend and the Lone Star Cup

On September 3, Nazareth hosted its annual Labor Day Parade and Picnic. The morning started with the Labor Day Parade through the town. Festival goers enjoyed a meal consisting of brisket, potatoes, green beans, salad and fruit along with desserts. Afternoon activities included adult and children’s bingo, waterslides, bungee jumping and an auction.

However, this Labor Day stood apart from others. After the parade, Principal Jeanie Birkenfeld  was presented Nazareth High School’s first ever Lone Star Cup. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, Nazareth had a total of seventy-six points and was declared the winner of the 1-A division. The Lone Star Cup adds points won from every high school competition, such as football, cross country, basketball and UIL academics.

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New Staff at Nazareth ISD

MELODY WILEY

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

I lived and taught in Lockney Texas for twenty years, and then I was a special education teacher at McCamey Texas.

What class/classes will you be teaching?

I will be the special education teacher.

How do you feel about coming to NISD?

I am super excited because I heard that many people wanted to work here.

What are you most excited about?

I am glad to be in a small school where they put the kids first. I am eager to learn from the students and the staff as well as the many Nazareth traditions.

What are your degrees and from what college?

I majored in Elementary education and minored in history at Wayland Baptist University. I got my special education certification for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade online.

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

I want to use the things  I learn from others to become a stronger and better teacher.

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

My favorites are the Dallas Cowboys or sometimes the Texas Rangers.

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Homecoming Week

Last Friday, the Swifts traveled to Jayton to play against Guthrie in the first game of the season. The game ended at halftime with the Swifts victorious. The final score was 62-13.

This week, the Swifts play the Ropes Eagles at the Homecoming game on Thursday. The Homecoming pep rally will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the football field. Come out and support the Swifts at the first home game of the season!

 

Class of 2018

The senior class of the 2017-18 school year has had a busy week. Many of them have started applying for colleges as well as participating in the homecoming week activities. FFA, sports, and band competitions have begun as well. They have been enjoying a busy start to a busy year!

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Senior Girls

“Thank You, Nazareth”

From playwright Karen Setlowe

As a socially engaged artist in residence in Nazareth on four different occasions over the last three years, I’ve been privileged to be welcomed into the community to research and develop my multi-media dramatic comedy “Gift from the Panhandle,” which portrays the disappearing way of life in the Texas Panhandle with a focus on Nazareth. As you know, Nazareth personifies how a small town can not only survive but thrive, and it acts as a beacon of light for struggling small cities across America and overseas.

Countless people in Naz have shared their time, help, stories and historical information. You’ve welcomed me to invade your private spaces, family gatherings, reunions and public holiday events, including participation as a volunteer. Most importantly, you’ve shared friendship, private stories, trusted me with secrets and shared your unique spiritual relationship to your community and to each other. You’ve taught me that faith, family, land and education, including athletics and the arts, are at the heart of a vital community.

Hopefully, I’ve captured what you’ve shared in my play. It’s finished; now it needs a couple of years of script fine tuning and multi-media editing. Without all of you, this project would not have been possible. In this spirit, it’s my intention to use community members for the first production of this work, which I would like to take place in Nazareth; and, eventually, I will turn ownership of “Gift from the Panhandle” over to the Nazareth Museum for generations to share.

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