Mr. Abt's Great Adventure In The UAE
This March, I was blessed with the opportunity to take a trip to the United Arab Emirates with the World Affairs Council. The trip, an educational tour with the goal of promoting understanding of Emirati culture, toured Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The focus was on demonstrating the various aspects of the culture, government, and life of the Emirati people. Together, with eleven other teachers, I was able to meet government officials and see cultural sights both new and old.
The United Arab Emirates are a bastion of traditional culture in a world that has moved forward and, often, forgotten its past. Yet, in the midst of this culture, exist the world's tallest building, the world's fastest roller coaster (existing within an indoor theme park-Ferrari World), and the world's only 7-star hotel. The country represents the dichotomy that often exists between the new and the old, the modern and the traditional.
In Abu Dhabi, fellow teachers and I were able to gain a greater understanding of how Emirati government functions when we met with three members of the Federal National Council, the partially elective governmental body of the UAE. We discovered that women play an important role in governing the UAE-they make up roughly 20% of the FNC- and yet a woman must also have a letter from husband allowing her to work. Additionally, we viewed the exhibits which will show at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi when completed; visited Masdar City, a carbon neutral city; and also visited with the CEO of the corporation which coordinates films in the country, such as Star Wars Episode VII and UAE's Sesame Street.
In Dubai we visited the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, named after the founder of the UAE, and the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. These were not the only seemingly contradictory sights. In one day, we stood at the private beach of the Burj al-Arab, the 7-star hotel, skiied at the Mall of the Emirates, and spent an evening in the desert. It was truly an amazing experience and one which informs the way in which I view Arab culture and its place in the world. Finally, we had the amazing experience of eating dinner with His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. It was truly a journey full of amazing experience.
All School Picnic - May 8
BYOD!! Bring your own dinner from Mama's Pizza, Rosa's, Cousin's or Fuzzy's. Be sure to tell them you are with SCS and going to the picnic and they'll donate a portion of your purchase back to us!
You can also purchase food at the concession stand at the picnic.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Coach Butler Recognized By KLTY Radio
The crowd in the Snelson Gymnasium erupted when Slick Willie Shaw, a member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, visited the Preparatory Campus to honor SCS’ own Coach Rodney Butler. Butler was announced as the winner of a contest sponsored by radio station 94.9 KLTY-FM that asked Metroplex listeners to nominate a teammate, student athlete, or coach by sharing a motivational story about the nominee. Butler was singled out after the station received multiple nominations highlighting his spirit, ability and leadership. Shaw awarded Butler with tickets to one of their upcoming games at the American Airlines Center, as well as presented a motivational message to SCS students.
Students Excel At Youth And Government Competition
We are so proud of the students who spent numerous hours preparing to compete at the state capitol in the Youth and Government competition in Austin. Special congratulations goes to SCS junior Autumn Gregory, who placed 3rd as an Appeals Justice!The purpose of the Youth and Government Program is to prepare a selected group of young people for moral and political leadership in the American democratic process by providing guidance, training and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy on the state level. It is called "a laboratory in citizenship and government." The Youth and Government Program is a leadership training experience in three phases: (1) local club training, (2) district training Conferences, (3) the annual Conference in the State Capitol replicating Texas Government and its functions.
Prep Teachers Speak At Conference
Two members of SCS’ Language Arts faculty were selected to speak to their peers at the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts’ Conference in Houston. Robyn Bocks and Carrie Wylie presented a session titled “Socrates Had It Right: The Value of Seminar.” The seminar highlighted the process and value of using Socratic Seminar in the classroom. So proud of these two ladies!
Lockett & Stanley "Players To Watch"
SCS juniors Tylin Lockett and Clayton Stanley were mentioned in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently as "Players to Watch." Lockett and Stanley were two of twelve area basketball players mentioned in the article that highlighted both public and private school athletes. Go Eagle Nation!
Seniors Selected To Present
SCS seniors Max Bothner, Blake Harvey, Natalie Mott and Ryan Murphy were selected by Cistercian Preparatory School in Dallas to present their essays at a recent colloquium, Celebrating Flannery O’Connor: A 50-Year Retrospective. Out of 153 submissions from 12 schools, only 48 were chosen for presentation.The four essays will also be published on the colloquium website: www.flannery.cistercian.us.
Milton Signs With USC
Congratulations to senior Meredith Milton who recently signed a letter of intent with the University of South Carolina. Meredith has been chosen to be a part of the University's nationally ranked equestrian team. According to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, the team currently ranks number three in the country. The Gamecocks are the highest ranked equestrian team in the SEC.
One - Act Play Takes State
The SCS Company of A Midsummer Night's Dream recently competed at the TAPPS State One Act Play Competition. The cast, crew, and directors were awarded 1st place at the State Championship late on Saturday evening, November 15.
The SCS 'Midsummer' Company State Champions:Erika Pope, Jack Stumbo, JeT Seale, Grace Tucker, Zoe Roberts, Brittany Welch, Brayden Welch, Madelyn Grimes, Cara-Lee Crow, Molly Dooling, Morganne Matthews, Valya Seely, Ryan Perry, Ashley-Cate Greig, Hannah Auldridge, Eva Chastain, Sam Lewallen, Jillian Romack, Mrs. Cyndi Woodward - director and Mrs. LouAnn Stumbo - assistant director.
SCS students were further honored with State Level individual awards.
- Best Technician: Sam Lewallen
- Honorable Mention State All-Star Cast: Jack Stumbo
- State All-Star Cast: Cara-Lee Crow
SCS competed against the following seven State advancing schools: Dallas Christian School, Prince of Peace Christian School of Carrollton, St. Michael's Catholic Academy of Austin, Coram Deo Academy of Flower Mound, Trinity Christian School of Lubbock, Grace Community School of Tyler, and Cornerstone Christian School of San Antonio.
Congratulations on this spectacular achievement!
One - Act Play District Results/OAP Advances to State
Congratulations to the One-Act Play company of A Midsummer Night's Dream! This production was directed by Cyndi Woodward and assistant directed by LouAnn Stumbo. The District Competition was held October 28 - 29.
The OAP District results are as follows:
- Best Technician - Eva Chastain
- Honorable Mention All-Star Cast - Grace Tucker and Erika Pope
- All-Star Cast - Madelyn Grimes and Jack Stumbo
- SCS' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream received 3rd place and advances to the State Competition November 14-15!
Company of Players - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Peter Quince - Erika Pope
Nick Bottom - Jack Stumbo
Francis Flute - JeT Seale
Tom Snout - Grace Tucker
Robin Starveling - Zoe Roberts
Snug - Brittany Welch
Oberon - Brayden Welch
Titania -Madelyn Grimes
Puck - Cara-Lee Crow
Theseus - Molly Dooling
Hippolyta - Morganne Matthews
Peaseblossom - Valya Seely
Cobweb - Ryan Perry
Moth - Ashley-Cate Greig
Mustardseed - Hannah Auldridge
Co-Stage Manager - Eva Chastain
Co-Stage Manager /Lighting Op - Sam Lewallen
Crew - Tristen Baiza
Sound Op - Jillian Romack
XC Sweeps District
Congratulations to the Southwest Christian School Cross Country program for sweeping district! Every single team - MS boys and girls, JV boys and girls, Varsity boys and girls - won the 2014 District Title! Across all 6 teams, we had a combined 29 runners place in the top 10 of their races.
We are proud of each and every runner in our program due to their hard work after school in the Texas heat, the way that they encouraged everyone on the team every day, and for running tough this entire season. Their hard work paid off!
The Varsity boys and girls head down to Waco on Saturday, October 25, for the TAPPS 4A state meet. The girls will run at 11AM and the boys will run at 11:30AM. Good job, Eagles, and good luck!
SCS Dance Team Wows At State
We are very proud to announce that our SCS Dance Team placed 3rd out of 12 teams in the POM division, and had the 4th highest score out of 15 teams! Ali Gabriel was named Honorable Mention All-State, Lauren Callaghan was named 2nd team All-State, and Molly Middlebrook was named 1st Team All-State. Congratulations to the SCS Dance Team!