Friday, March 30, 2018

Quarter 3 Fly Closer Reflection

Caring for my community and the members in it is vital for success. In SOC this quarter I have planned a R.U.S.H. booth for middle school girls interested in soccer, helped plan and format and winter formal video and a homecoming video, collaborated with NCHS to plan a project for project grad May 11, I helped set up winter formal, planned and set up ignites, attended a first responders breakfast, and am currently organizing a service project for my student organization. Next week I want to reach out to my community partner and get the date verified, and talk to the team and see who can attend and bring food and items to help. Through the Back in Action dashboard I can see my deadlines and try to meet them and if I can not meet them, I need to have someone help me with what I need. I strive to push others to be their best self, and truly want others to succeed. With the collaboration with NCHS we are given the time and space to collaborate and get new ideas to create a project that will be for all of Nelson County to attend and a great fundraiser for both of our schools. Come to Nelson County High School May 11, time is TBD, it will be a Old School (teachers) vs. New School (students) basketball game! SOC has given me the opportunity to voice my opinion and create new things together.

Connecting with different student organizations and my community partner is important in being a purple cow leader. Some different methods of communication I used this quarter to ensure my needs were met were through email, face to face, and texting. Proactively connecting with those when planning a service project is important to make sure everyone is on the same page. For example, this semester I am planning a service project for the Girls Soccer team with Bardstown First Christian Church for March 22. As of now we are bringing food and going there to eat and have fellowship with homeless people in our community. The program is called "Room in the Inn" and different churches around the area host homeless people throughout the week, and this church is in charge of Thursdays. On another note, our blog reaches out to the community because the team checks it frequently and usually our coach updates us on the blog with any changes or any social events for us to attend. Email is another communication I use frequently to communicate with my coach and other people around the school and community. Connecting is a part of life in which all of us need to do in order to be successful. 

Creating rituals and traditions is something we push people to start at Thomas Nelson. With it being a new school we are able to create legacy's and have those coming after us to help grow our ideas and make them stronger. This semester I have worked in SOC to create and help grow our program and SOC as a whole. In SOC we are collaborating with NCHS to create a new tradition. Going back to this idea of creating, we are creating a foundation for those in the future to build upon what occurs May 11th. My goals this quarter were to not only build the program, but also to create and make magic. One thing I am most proud of this quarter is RUSH back in January. We got the word out there to incoming freshman and encouraged them to sign up and come to a few practices over summer. We will be low on numbers this year, so getting people to step out of their comfort zone and try something different will be good for our team and them as well. Something I need to focus my energy on is communicating with the SOC rep for next year and making sure they know what will be going on next year and make sure they have all the documents they need. This quarter I have created a lot, and I can not wait to see what I create next quarter after spring break. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Community Service Project

Hello Lady Generals!

I am planning a service project with Bardstown First Christian Church for March 22, time is TBD. They host homeless people around the Nelson County area, for "Room in the Inn". We will be feeding and eating with them and some other community members. Caroline Boone and I have made a spreadsheet which you can put your name, and what food dish you are bringing. Service opportunities are all around, please come out and support our community and help others! It is a great program and is a good opportunity to come out and have team bonding and get together even though its off season. Please let me know by Sunday, March 18th, if you are able to attend!! 
Thank you! Hope to see you there. 

You can contact Alex Barlow (502) 507-7339 if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Blog Reflection #2

  1. What does the work toward our “WHY” create for our Community?
  2. What improvements have you seen in our community, school and organizations that have come from the work we are doing together to build community?
  3. What LEGACY has the SOC created thus far, that will support community building in the future?
Legacy building is something we strive to do at Thomas Nelson. Creating a legacy for all the student organizations, including the Girls soccer program is very important. We are planning on setting a date with our community partner to feed the homeless at Bardstown First Christian Church within the next month. Creating a strong legacy within not only our school community, but within the community of Nelson County is needed in becoming successful. As we look into the future of SOC we see an endless amount of opportunities to grow and change to form into a caring and community impacting class while having the responsibility of being a LEADER of our organization. We want to make the community stronger, and with that we make ourselves stronger too. Through RUSH we got to meet incoming eighth graders and encourage them to join Girls Soccer this upcoming school year. I am planning on reaching out to them soon and having them come out to practices this summer. The SOC class has given me the opportunity to create new things and create a legacy for years to come.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Semester 1 Reflection

September Eleventh, Twenty Seventeen. Taylor Martin Memorial Game. A game in memory of a life so precious, so loved, and where we raise funds for a scholarship in her name. Care took place at this event. From setting up, during, and cleaning up, care was in the air. SOC gave me the opportunity to connect with Coach Martin, and gave me the platform to make this night one to remember. Being in SOC, and having the opportunity to plan and have volunteers for this event gave me the opportunity to grow on my ideas, and gather new ideas for years to come. In the future, I can hand down documents and notes I took for this event, and share my ideas and others ideas to keep growing this program. Connecting with the Nelson County Girls Soccer Team brings everyone together, but the friendships we make before the game become rivals on the field. The growth of not only this night but also this program goes beyond one night, it gathers different groups of people. Alumni coming home, young children being inspired to play soccer, and even parents wanting to get involved within this sport. I see growth in the future, and this program being very successful. Growing bonds within the Girls Soccer program, and even becoming partners with other organizations too. 

I am proud of the dedication each officer has towards making the new SOC class grow and become an opportunity for everyone to share ideas and become better all around. This semester was filled with many proud moments. From the Football team making it to playoffs to the SOC Angel Tree new tradition, to RUSH week, and even the SOC retreat at the beginning of the semester. Everyone was supportive of all ideas, and we accomplished many things this semester. I can not wait to see how next semester goes. Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How to Best Support our End of Season Celebration Banquet

As another season has drawn to a close, there are a variety of end of the season items that need to be addressed.

First, we will host an end of the season celebration to commemorate our season and our Lady Generals Soccer community. This celebration will occur on Sunday, November 12th from 5:00-6:30PM at TNHS Cafeteria. The event will center around connecting with one another, celebrating the gifts of our players, and reflecting upon our season. To ensure its success, I will need the following support from our community:
  1. The banquet will be a potluck meal. The meat will be purchased and bought by the booster club, and then all players will be responsible for bringing at least one side dish to support the meal. We will be having fried chicken and will plan on eating at 5:00PM. Please click on this document to view the item that we have requested you to bring. If you have a specialty dish that you would like to bring, please feel free to make adjustments to the sheet.
  2. Uniform Collection - all player uniforms (BOTH old and new uniform) should be properly washed, bagged, and returned AT the banquet. When uniforms were distributed at the beginning of the season it was documented what pieces of the TNHS uniform was given to you to use; all parts of your uniform must be returned. Players who fail to return their uniform or parts of their uniform will have a charge placed on their student account until it is returned or purchased. 
Stay tuned for additional posts if necessary. Please reach out to me or a Legacy Core member if you need assistance completing the tasks outlined above.

Monday, November 6, 2017

End of Season Celebration - Banquet Attendance

Reminder that our end of season celebration banquet will take place this Sunday, November 12 from 5:00-6:30PM at TNHS cafeteria. Please communicate how many will be attending the banquet from your party on THIS GOOGLE FORM. Even if you have scheduling conflicts and as a result will not be able to attend, please communicate by filling out this form. These numbers will be utilized to determine how much chicken to order.

Additionally, please check the blog in the next few days to see how parents can support the end-of-season celebration. Stay tuned.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Vote For Player Character Awards

  1. Character Awards - At our upcoming end-of-season celebration, we will honor select individuals for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the course of the season. All players will have an opportunity to vote for student-athletes who best exemplified the traits described for each award. We will have one representative from both the JV and Varsity teams be recognized for each award. Before you vote, please read the descriptions for each award below so you know what we're looking for. Varsity team members will vote for the varsity awards, while JV team members will vote for the JV awards. If you were a dual player, then you will vote for both. 
    • Higher Purpose Award - A player who exemplifies these characteristics played for a higher purpose. They did not use the game to just compete and win, but they used the game to help prepare them for life. They sought excellence in all areas - in the classroom, outside of school in their community, as a person, and as a player.
    • Community Award - A player who exemplifies these characteristics has invested a lot of energy into building the community within our program. They reached out to develop relationships with ALL of our teammates. They reached out to help support others on and off of the field. They were a consistent positive life force - someone others wanted to be around.
    • Team over Individual Award - A player who exemplified these characteristics ALWAYS placed the needs of the team above their own needs. They would sacrifice their own self-interest for the greater good of the team. They played for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back of the jersey.
    • Pursuit of Excellence Award - A player who exemplified these characteristics consistently looked to themselves for ways to improve. They consistently worked to get better by focusing on the small things. They never settled for "that was good enough". They pushed the tempo in practice and they constantly pushed themselves and the team to improve.
    • LEADER Award - A player who exemplified these characteristics was a true LEADER on our team and to our program. Others looked up to this person and they were a player who you would follow. They represented and lived our LEADER values on a consistent basis.
    • JV PLAYER AWARDS - Vote Here      
    • VARSITY PLAYER Awards - Vote Here
NOTE: You MUST submit your vote by Friday, November 3rd, 3:15PM!