November 20, 2020

Dear Hornet Parents and Guardians:

As we approach the holiday season during this unusual year, we still have much to be thankful for in Huntsville ISD.  Our school district has found a way to continue educating and caring for all students, even in the face of intense challenges created by the pandemic.  Our successes have continued because of our dedicated staff, hard working students, caring parents, and a continued increase in community support.  We truly appreciate your faith in us, as well as your patience and grace, as we have navigated 2020 together as one Hornet family.

Even during the holiday week, our Huntsville Hornets will be working hard and representing the community with pride, as sports and other activities continue.  Our Lady Hornet Volleyball Team was crowned District and Bi-District Champions, and hope to continue their successful playoff run next week.  The Hornet Football Team is continuing their quest for an undefeated season, hosting a “home” game against Montgomery Lake Creek at Madisonville High School Stadium tonight, followed by a road game against Montgomery High School next Friday.  Our sports teams, marching band, dance team and cheer squads are amazing to watch, so come out and support them!

We constantly talk about Building Champions in Huntsville ISD, so I thought you might want to read the basis of what we mean when we say those words. Based on the work of author and leadership expert Jon Gordon, we believe these five attributes set Champions apart from others:

  1. Champions Expect to Win - When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. In fact they are surprised when they don't win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. They win in their mind first and then they win in the hearts and minds of their customers, students or fans.

  2. Champions Celebrate the Small Wins - By celebrating the small wins champions gain the confidence to go after the big wins. Big wins and big success happen through the accumulation of many small victories. This doesn't mean champions become complacent. Rather, with the right kind of celebration and reinforcement, champions work harder, practice more and believe they can do greater things.

  3. Champions Don't Make Excuses When They Don't Win - They don't focus on the faults of others. They focus on what they can do better. They see their mistakes and defeats as opportunities for growth. As a result they become stronger, wiser and better.

  4. Champions Focus on What They Get To Do, Not What They Have To Do - They see their life and work as a gift not an obligation. They know that if they want to achieve a certain outcome they must commit to and appreciate the process. They may not love every minute of their journey but their attitude and will helps them develop their skill.

  5. Champions Believe They Will Experience More Wins in the Future - Their faith is greater than their fear. Their positive energy is greater than the chorus of negativity. Their certainty is greater than all the doubt. Their passion and purpose are greater than their challenges. In spite of their situation champions believe their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

This year more than ever, please be cautious and safe as you make holiday plans that may include travel or getting together with family and friends.  Our wish is that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and remains COVID free!  Practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, washing your hands frequently, and wearing your mask all make a difference; so please, follow best practices to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.   

I am so thankful to live and work in Huntsville ISD, where our staff and students are embracing the concept of Building Champions in the classroom and in every endeavor, and our community is stepping up to support the District more and more.  We appreciate your partnership and trust and we will continue to work hard every day to do what is right for all kids, regardless of their background, strengths or challenges.  Always remember, a stronger Huntsville ISD equals a stronger Huntsville!


Sting ‘em,

Scott Sheppard, Ed.D.
Huntsville ISD