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'If we're gonna do it... why not be the best at it?'

September 21, 2022 - 00:00
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A couple of weeks ago, Tom Tuberville and Chad McMillan had me join them for a few minutes during the halftime segment during the Rattler football game on the radio broadcast. I was so happy to have the opportunity to talk about all the wonderful things going on throughout Navasota ISD and on each of our campuses. The best thing they asked me about was about the academic successes and academic progress that we have made over the past several years – it was just announced when TEA’s recent A-F Accountability Ratings were released. It was great to see all the efforts and focus that our folks have been working on over the past several years finally have a chance to be realized. I have heard salespeople call athletic stadiums the “largest classroom in the district.” You know... it’s true! From first period to eighth period every day, after school every day, and in the evenings – several nights a week – our students and student-athletes compete, perform, and practice in that classroom space every day! Coaches, sponsors, directors provide instruction and I promise you that learning is taking place in that classroom every day!Athletics, Band, Cheer, Drill Team, Audio/Video Media Tech, and so much more. For some events, they even turn on a scoreboard to see how well our kids perform on their “test” that week! I can’t help but wonder what it would be like if we treated our academic expectations the same way that we do our athletic and fine arts expectations??? Think about it... how cool would it be to sell tickets, open up the concession stand, and fill up the stadium each week with the entire community showing up to come watch our students take a math test or write a research paper for their English class or take the SAT test! I can just hear the cheerleaders cheering, the band playing the fight song, and the entire stadium erupt and go crazy every time we get an answer correct!!!

Maybe that is unrealistic, but just think how cool that would be!

We are so proud of ALL our students and ALL their amazing accomplishments. On the field, in the classroom, and in ALL the different activities that they are participating in and representing the N-STAR brand with pride!

#WeAreNavasota And we are ALL IN this TOGETHER!!!

Dr. Stu Musick is the Superintendent of Schools for Navasota Independent School District.