[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dear Flint Hill School Families,
I hope you all have marked your calendars for next week’s Homecoming Weekend.
During that week, we will have spirit days in all three divisions, a Pep Rally for the Middle and Upper Schools, and our traditional bonfire on Friday night. On Saturday, we will host many activities for students of all ages, and we’ll all have the opportunity to come together to cheer on our Husky student-athletes as they compete against some of the top teams in this area. But let’s not forget that during these events, especially when large crowds of younger students attend, we should use these exciting moments to teach and to be effective role models.
Good sportsmanship, our core values, and the extension of our School spirit at such events are important and represent all of us as members of our School family. To be honest, I think our sportsmanship here has been excellent. From time to time, we have seen spectators who did not live up to our core values, but on our campus, we have to adhere to all the best in what we want to see in sportsmanship today.
So please do whatever you can to model positive behavior and to make certain that our young children learn from the expectations we set for them. We honor Flint Hill and our student-athletes in everything they do. We know they are working hard in the classroom and as athletes. They are giving it their all whenever they are. And without question, we understand how important it is that we support and respect them by doing our part.
Here are a few sportsmanship reminders to share with young Huskies:
- Everyone who is on our campus, from coaches and parents to spectators, players and officials, will always be treated with the respect that they deserve.
- We will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct on or off the fields.
- We will not allow anyone to engage in behavior that will endanger someone’s health or safety.
- It should go without saying, but we will not use profanity.
- We will not make degrading remarks about any official, coach, athlete, parent or school.
- While we will always cheer for our Huskies, we will refrain from negative comments about the opposing team or their individual players.
Flint Hill has truly instilled the sense of our core values in everything we do. And yet, we all know it is easy to lose control in heated athletic competitions. We may have even seen poor examples at college games or in the professional arena. But at Flint Hill, we can and will do it the right way.
As we approach Homecoming Weekend, please do all you can to help reinforce these values and welcome our guests onto campus for this exciting weekend. Please join me one more time, in making certain that we all do things the right way, the Flint Hill way.
I look forward to seeing you out there.
Best wishes to you!
John M. Thomas