“On Friday we'll be jacked up on the football game
And I'll be ready to fight
We're gonna smash 'em now
My girl will be working on her pom-poms now
And she'll be yelling tonight!”
- The Beach Boys, “Be True to Your School”
It is no secret how much I love football Friday nights. It is a Grand stage. The weather turns a little cooler. The atmosphere is electric. The energy and emotion are both running high.
And our students are on display doing so many things they love.
The players on the field. The student trainers ready to assist. The marching band blaring out the school fight song. The Islandaires showing off their dance moves. The cheerleaders pushing the spirit level. The Hulagans of the student section sharing their pride.
The rest of the crowd is also a wonderful sight. Parents faithfully watching every play. The community coming out to rally around our kids. Younger students and families getting a look at what their future Friday nights may look like as Islanders.
And staff on hand. Oh, yes. It is such a proud moment for me to share with all of you. We talk often of the staff who invest in their students beyond the classroom. Friday nights are that Grand stage where we show it to the parents, the community, the future students and, most of all, those students on the field, in the band, dancing and cheering.
Remember, admission to athletic events is free of charge when you have your staff ID. That gives you a few bucks more to spend on the GISH Band Concession Stand.
Of course, Friday nights are for football but there are many chances to see our students shine. We have a new section of our newsletter where you can see specifically where our varsity athletic and fine arts students are sharing their talents for home events.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for October 25-28. That’s when GISH Fine Arts presents the fall musical “Mamma Mia.” You know it will be fantastic.
This week we have the season-opening game for volleyball Thursday night in the West Gym at 6:30 p.m. The Islanders take on Lincoln East.
Also Thursday evening, you can watch the Islander softball team in a doubleheader against Lincoln Pius X at the Veterans Fields starting at 5 p.m.
Thursday is a busy day! The boys tennis team plays at home against Columbus at 4 p.m. at the GISH courts.
Saturday the volleyball team will host a triangular against Gretna and Pius X starting at 9 a.m. in the West Gym. These matches were previously scheduled at the State Fair, but due to the rain pushing the outdoor concerts into the Heartland Events Center, the volleyball games have been moved to GISH. So come out early Saturday after the Friday night festivities.
Ok, I should have you convinced by now, but truly the point is watching the Islanders is more than opportunity to root on the home team. It’s a chance to see our students doing things they love and showing them the support we know helps them Be Grand.
It also shows the community how powerful we are when we come together for our kids. I challenge each of you to make at least one of the five home football games this fall. Once you are there you’ll be hooked on the environment like I am. Along the way I hope you make as many other Islander events as you can. Varsity, JV, reserve, freshman, elite, novice … support our students!
Our students truly are something incredible to watch in action. Our being there is one way we can Be Grand for them.
“We’ll always stand by you,
For you to go Grand Island,
We will ever cheer and cheer for you to win,
Grand Island, our hearts will ever yearn,
For the Purple banner waving high
For Grand Island!”
- Push On, Grand Island (school fight song)