Have you ever attended an event and had the epiphany that you were surrounded by individuals who were way more skilled than you? I had said epiphany twice this week. Once during the Band Christmas Concert on about their sixth song and then again on Tuesday night during the Choir Christmas Concert at M.K. Brown. The beautiful sounds emanating from the collective ensembles of our students were wonderful to indulge in. Tuesday, our band traveled to all of our elementary campuses to showcase their skills for our next generations of Harvesters. By all accounts, it was a great time for both our students and our elementary kiddos. Tuesday afternoon we got to celebrate the career of Jeff Nicklas. After a long career of service in the education field, Jeff is getting to retire at semester. We wish him a long and enjoyable retirement. Thanks Jeff for all you’ve done for Pampa ISD and our students! One of the cool things that Pampa ISD has that I’ve not experienced in other districts is our V.I.P. program. This program allows community members to get involved in our schools in many ways. Thursday, several of our V.I.P. volunteers treated the PHS faculty to a scrumptious luncheon. We’re so thankful for the gesture and for the support from this group! The Lady Harvesters Basketball team hosted Randall Tuesday night and came up just short in a hard fought game. They along with the Hustlin’ Harvesters traveled to Hereford on Friday. The Lady Harvesters returned home victorious with their first district win. Both our boys and girls soccer programs continued their tune ups for the season by scrimmaging Palo Duro, Amarillo, and Lubbock during the week. We’re so excited for the start of their seasons in January. Our boys wrestlers who had a strong showing in Tucumcari on Saturday. Another really cool tradition our student athletes got to be a part of is helping with the Christmas Shopping Tour that took place Saturday. This service opportunity pairs our student athletes and staff with deserving youth and families from the community who are not able to purchase gifts for the holiday’s seasons. Our students and staff get to take these kiddos around local businesses and purchase gifts for their families. The really awesome part now is that we have been doing this tour long enough that we have student athletes who got to participate when they were kids and now are returning the service to the next generation. I’m so proud of our athletic program and their devotion to service projects for our community!
With the arrival of Christmas Break, this will be my last communication until January. Take time to rest, invest in yourself, and enjoy friends and family over the next few weeks. It’s been a whirlwind of a fall semester but I could not be more proud of our students and staff. We are not perfect, but we love each other and push each other daily to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. Have a Harvester good break and I look forward to welcoming everyone back in January!