Perspective - Superintendent's Report
Some of the comments from the Sabetha faithful following the Sabetha baseball team capturing the 2019 3A State Championship included, “that seemed too easy” and “six championships in two years seems crazy.” I even heard a fan from another town say, “if we won a state championship, I think they’d burn the town down” (in celebration).
Our perceptions are influenced by our experiences. It is important to recognize the athletic accomplishments that have been achieved this year! The Sabetha baseball team won their second state title after being in existence for only three years. This year, the Sabetha golf team won a championship by nine strokes as two individuals placed first and second in the state. The Sabetha football team won a second state title even after reclassification put them into a more challenging class competing against larger schools. USD 113 athletic teams have won seven athletic state championships in the past three years!
As we consider these accomplishments, it is important to keep everything in perspective. It is important to recognize the players and coaches that have achieved this level of success! It is also important to remember the players and coaches that competed with dignity and character who represented our schools in a positive manner that didn’t achieve this level of success. The culture of winners that we are striving to achieve in USD No. 113 encourages personal excellence and effort during times of victory as well as defeat.
As we continue building a culture of winners, it is important for us to embrace the success of our athletic programs and to make sure that this translates into positive academic results. There is a balance to be maintained among all sports. There is also a balance to be maintained as we continue to provide a student-centered academic program that prepares students for the future. The focus on academics must be protected and encouraged.
What do we do to continue to facilitate a culture of winners? We continue to have high expectations for our students in the classroom and in competition. We maintain the belief that together we can make success possible. We encourage students to focus on becoming the best individuals possible through practice and preparation. As adults, we model continual improvement and the personal commitment it takes to achieve our personal best.
Congratulations to the players, coaches, and parents for achieving this high level of success. It has been an amazing year with many highlights and accomplishments. By maintaining our perspective and focus we will continue to achieve successes in academics and activities. These are the Good Old Days!