November 5, 2018
Bleyl Middle School Principal Stacia Carew displays the Texas Aspiring Whole Child School Award her campus was awarded Oct. 23 during the Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development annual convention. The Bleyl administration team put together the school’s application for the award, which honors schools that implement a culture and approach to ensure each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so he or she can be educated successfully.
Nov. 5, 2018—Bleyl Middle School was named a 2018 winner of the Texas Aspiring Whole Child School Award by the state’s Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) affiliate, recognizing the campus as a leader in changing the focus in achievement to developing the whole student.
Bleyl Principal Stacia Carew was joined by fellow CFISD administrators at the Texas ASCD annual conference, where she received a certificate recognizing the honor.
According to the Texas ASCD, the award’s intent is to honor schools that implement a culture and approach to ensure each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so he or she can be educated successfully. Those five indicators make up the five tenets of the Whole Child philosophy.
The award program has two levels: academically-successful schools recognized for exemplifying all five tenets and those implementing most of the tenets, which like Bleyl, were honored as aspiring schools.
“It was awesome,” Carew said. “Just to know that of all the schools in the state of Texas, your school was recognized for something like this is exciting.”
Carew and her 10-member Bleyl administration team put together the school’s application for the award, which included essays addressing each tenet, performance data and other evidence showing engagement from the school to its stakeholders.
While honored for the award and recognition for her school, Carew said she and her team were able to realize the entire scope of the work for the students during the application process.
“What we naturally do every day does address those five tenets,” she said. “We didn’t do anything different with it, but I will say that I didn’t think it was automatic when we sent it in. What it really did was put our heads around all these things for the students, whether it’s Backpack Buddies and feeding kids on the weekends, to the counseling piece and how we prepare them for college. Once you read through all that, you really understand just how much we do for our kids.”