Friday, May 18, 2018

Quarter 4 SOC Reflection

Image result for angel tree       Quarter 4 for me has been all about reflecting and showing CARE for those that helped along the way. Since I am graduating this year and will not be able to help my organization next year, I have taken the time to show CARE for those in my organization. By sending E-Cards to those that have done exceptional things such as Dean's list. Also by attempting to prepare and organize new rituals and traditions. I have recently been developing a "buddy system" to help show that the upperclassmen care for the new kids that come into the team. Next year I want the SOC representative to branch out to more organizations and help them. I was very timid and unsure of working with others. As the year went on, I began to find value in helping others. With work from the Angel Tree, to heping When you help those around you, they will return the favor when you need it. I only wish for my organization to work with the community partner more often. Find one that they truly want to help and make it a mission to help them. Overall I want my organization to experience growth, not perfection. There is learning in growth, and the more that we learn, the better we can apply it to a real life scenario.

       Since I will be graduating next year, I will not be able to lead the communication anymore, so I must prepare Adam Barnes so that he will be able to lead the team. This year the major means of communication was via Facebook. Many player do not even have this anymore, so it was reliant on the parents tot find information. I want next year to incorporate a remind101. This way all players will be able to receive directions to the games, practice times, and game times, without having to ask their mom or dad. A question that I should be asking, is if Adam has all the necessary information to take on the role in the position. Initially the soccer team had a very rough draft of a blog, with very little structure and organization. I have been working this year to add things that would make it better to navigate. I have made new tabs and began working on Mission and Vision statements. The blog has come a long way since the start of it. Next year the SOC should support Adam by pushing him to lead through action in the SOC class. I wish for the SOC to show him the value of gaining experience through helping others.

       One thing that I am most proud of creating during my time as a SOC representative, is the close bond that I created with all of the SOC members and the players on my team. I have created relationships with those I most likely would have never had a conversation with. I was able to meet a range of people that all had different backgrounds and organizations. I have mainly been athletics focused, but now I am able to effectively collaborate with those from other organizations. Such as when almost all organizations helped to set up for winter formal. These close bonds that have formed will never change, unlike a blog or mission statement. The relationships built by this class will not change.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Quarter 3 Flycloser Reflection

Caring - about people, about things, about life - is an act of maturity. - Tracy McMillan       During this semester I have attempted to CARE for my fellow students and classmates in many ways. Considering I am a senior I was tasked with finding a new person to represent Boys Soccer in the S.O.C class. I took this task as a chance to create better leadership on the soccer team. I have ensured that Adam Barnes will take my place next year as the S.O.C representative. I am giving him this experience to help better him as a leader. This leadership in S.O.C will also help him as a captain on the soccer field. With the completion of finding a new leader, I also took on many roles in assisting other student organizations. Most recently I helped set up for the Winter Formal that took place. Further back I help set up and take down for the eighth grade R.U.S.H. week. During this time I also took time to help my organization by recruiting those that were interested, and gave them information about resources that can help them know dates and times. I have also been working on the possibility of another project for my organization. I want to create a soccer tournament for younger kids at the Thomas Nelson soccer fields. On March 3rd, I plan on contacting coach Hatfield about the possibility and what it would take to complete the idea. If there is a possibility of the idea coming to life, then I plan to have a draft within 2-4 weeks. With this idea I may need help from other students in the S.O.C. Things like financial advice and the logistics of the event. I may also need people to help volunteer if we do not have enough people. I plan to continue to CARE for my organization and others throughout the rest of the year.
       I have been organizing more efficient was to CONNECT with my student organization throughout quarter three. Most recently I have been working on creating a logo for Boys Soccer. Previously there was not one available, but soon I should have one which will help us create a connecting brand with the school and community. I have also been connecting with other student organizations and small groups. I connected with prom committee in the setup of Winter Formal. I have also been working in a small group for the Old school VS. New school basketball game between teachers from both NCHS and TNHS. Through this small group project I will have the opportunity to connect with more student organizations, the community, and Nelson County High School. I have also began working on a slide for the E-hub in an attempt to help with recruiting. Recently I have been focusing connecting with middle schools, but now I want to connect with kids in high school that may want to try something new or get involved. By adding a slide to the E-hub I will be better able to connect with the student body and create a more inclusive student organization. I also have been connecting with the community through my blog. I have been updating it to make it more cohesive. I have also been working towards a mission statement for my student organization so that I can put it on my blog. With soccer out of season it is difficult to consistently update the blog, but as we get nearer to summer, the blog will become more active with dates and times. Lastly, I have been connecting with other S.O.C members through my paper ceiling presentations. I have gained ideas, like the E-hub for example, from the presentations. By connecting with others I can help give them better ideas and they can give me better ideas as well. I will continue to connect with the community and the S.O.C through my back in action dashboard.  
       This semester I have created new things for my student organization that will overall benefit the growth and development for the future. I am most proud of the team bonding maintained throughout off season. Even though the season is over, teammates will still go to soccer fields and workout. One thing I would like to improve on in my student organization is to gain more possible projects with my community partner. Even though my organization did not have any service projects, we made up for it by focusing time and energy into our organization. I recently thought of both a team bonding and fundraising idea for soccer. The idea of hosting a one day little league soccer tournament. While it is just a idea, hopefully next years representative can take control of it and run with it. During semester 3 I also focused on fixing the organization of the blog. At the beginning of this semester, my blog contained very little and needed to be fixed. With the help of the genius bars I was better able to grasp blogger and have began to repair the look and organization of the blog. In continuation, boys soccer did not have a logo. I created one from scratch and shared it so that my organization would have one. During this semester I found a community partner for our student organization that may be better to help get our organization some projects. Even though we had none this quarter, quarter 4 will present more opportunities for projects. Lastly, I came up with new team bonding ideas, while still building on the normal traditions that we have. Instead of one week out of the season of team bonding, we will have more days when we don't have practice, to get together. Overall this quarter have been successful in letting me develop my organization for the better. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flycloser Blog Reflection #2

Over this semester CARE has been an important aspect for my organization. During this semester CARE has taken on many different forms, not just in my organization, but in SOC as a whole. For my organization, during RUSH week by showing CARE to the eighth graders. By showing them I care about my organization and the people in it, my organization received some new sign ups that should help when this group of seniors leave. By showing the eighth graders care during RUSH it made a positive impact on the way that they viewed the school, and hopefully gave them an idea on what they hope on joining when they come here. Recently every SOC member has been showing care to other student organizations. More specifically, everyone has and will be helping with Winter Formal that will be coming up soon. I will be helping set up for it. The idea is that when one organization needs help, everyone will pitch in to help create a cohesive and well thought out event.

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         Communication has also been a very important part in the building of my student organization. I have recently been working on the functionality and organization of the organizations blog. I have been adding tabs to help make traveling the blog easier. With help from those at the last genius bar I should be able to have a more cohesive blog within the next week or two. Also during RUSH week with the eighth graders, I made sure to include two sources that provide information on the team. Without communication then it will be difficult to keep the new recruits informed on the practice times and any other events we have planned. In all, Boys Soccer has shown CARE and plans to continue to improve its means of communication, to the point that everyone knows the information.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Flycloser Semester 1 Reflection

       During this semester I have been emailing my coach in order to help connect the organization better. Recently we have been sending emails regarding the collection of jersey's and compiling the records for boys soccer. The communication between coach and me has allowed us to collect most of the jersey's. We are still finding and compiling most of the schools records, but we hope to have it done soon. By comping the jersey's we are helping to better the players. When a player has a goal, or record in this case, they will try much harder to be the one that holds the record. I also have been sending      E-cards to players telling them about their great work in and out of school, and telling them to keep up the great work. Hopefully these cards are inspiring them to do their best in both school and the sport.

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       Currently I am trying to create a new tradition for the soccer program. We have a blueprint for the idea of a soccer tournament for both older and younger kids. By enacting this new tradition, we can create new bonds with the community. Connecting us with younger kids, which hopefully will lead to new recruitment opportunities. Also this could as a fundraising opportunity. If we charge a small entry fee for each team then we could make a recruitment and fundraising opportunity that will ultimately help the team and the community.

       The idea of the soccer tounament has been the idea I am most proud of, but I have created many things that have benefited the organization. There are some things that I need to work on for semester 2 to make my organization even better. The blog we currently have is lacking key components that many other blogs contain. Such as a legacy core and a mission statement. I have been working towards a draft of both but would like to finish them by semester 2. The blog also lacked organization. I have been working towards a more aesthestically pleasing blog, that also function s well and helps to connect the community and the team. I have done some to help the team, but hopefully I can do more next semester.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Flycloser Friday Reflection 12/1


        This week I committed to creating a more cohesive and organized blog. I have mainly focused on one portion that we are currently lacking, the Legacy Core. I have committed to help create and organize ideas around a legacy core. I am attempting to create a new tradition with the legacy core. I have been using blogs from organizations such as football to help me create an all around better blog. Hopefully with advice from coaches and other student organization leaders, I will be able to accomplish this. I also need to connect the blog and the community. As of now very few soccer members even know that there is a blog dedicated to soccer. It is my responsibility to help incorporate the community into my student organization. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Flycloser Friday Reflection 11/17

         My goals for my student organization include working on the legacy core portion, and get into communication with St. Vincent De Paul about being our possible community partner. In addition to these two projects, I have been working on a side one that will help better the boys basketball student organization. I plan on working on the screen cast for home games. So far I have not completed our legacy core. I am in the process of creating ideas from some of the better student organization legacy cores, such as football. As I get input from leaders and my own student organization leaders I will hopefully complete my idea for a legacy core soon.

       For our possible community partner, St. Vincent De Paul, we have not been able to get a 100% commitment from them. I have called and the response has been postponed. I will call back in a few more days in an attempt to get an answer to whether or not we can become community partners. If I can draw more soccer players during the off season that can commit to helping in the occasional project, St. Vincent De Paul may be more willing to accept my student organization. 

       On the side project, I plan on working with Mr. Whitehouse on the Purple Cow Screen cast for upcoming boys basketball games. I have some experience with using the system already, but I would like to gain a little more before the next game that will use it. I will likely be in close contact with him soon about the project and when I can set aside time to work on it.