TV contracts, Multi-Million dollar transfer fees, Product sponsorships, College Scholarships.
This is what athletics is all about! WRONG!
For fans, big dollar sports is exciting to watch and fun to follow, but it is entertainment. In schools we aim for much higher outcomes than merely wins, losses and trophies.
At the recent California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) symposium, the entire program was dedicated to the principles of Educational Athletics. Umm what is that? Educational athletics are what great independent schools like SDJA teach. Educational Athletics is grounded in having fun and developing character traits through the experience of athletics – win or lose. Research in human psychology tells us that traits like perseverance, teamwork, and responsibility are indicators for flourishing in life. Learning how to overcome adversity during practice or in a contest; coming to practice physically and mentally prepared; trying to improve every day by listening to your coach and taking ownership of your actions; adhering to team, CIF and school rules; and being a good teammate by supporting everyone on the team are some of the expectations of educational athletic programs.
By fully committing to the responsibilities of being a student athlete, these traits are honed and last a lifetime in all aspects of your endeavors.
Most organizations and all independent schools have a stated mission. Simply put; a mission statement is what an organization does. The mission of SDJA is to further academic excellence, social responsibility, and active Jewish living (A Vision of 2020, SDJA Strategic Plan). Have you ever stopped to reflect on those words? In the complex word […]
TV contracts, Multi-Million dollar transfer fees, Product sponsorships, College Scholarships. This is what athletics is all about! WRONG! For fans, big dollar sports is exciting to watch and fun to follow, but it is entertainment. In schools we aim for much higher outcomes than merely wins, losses and trophies. At the recent California […]
In a continual effort to provide opportunities for academic growth, beginning this year all middle school students in honors level math courses will compete in the Mathematical Association of America – AMC 8 program. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can […]
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are collectively known as the High Holidays or the Days of Awe. They also bookend a period called the “Ten Days of Repentance (teshuvah).” In the upper school this year, we designed a three-part program over ten days to reflect that time period. We started with part 1 on the […]