Nazareth Independent School District

Principal's Message



by Jeanie Birkenfeld

The theme for this school year is “Attitude…It’s YOUR choice”. 

Attitude is defined as the way you think and feel about someone or something.   Every day things happen to us, some good, some not so good.  How you react to these events, shapes your attitude and your life.  It’s not what happens to us, but rather how we react to it.  Feelings of anger, jealousy, and hopelessness prevent us from reaching our full potential.   However, happiness and self-confidence will lead to success. 

Students, you will play many games and participate in numerous competitions this year.  If the outcome of one of these isn’t what you hope for, you can allow yourself to believe that one loss defines you and your team and quit trying and give up.  Or you can choose to look at what you can do differently in order to have a better outcome the next time.  A winning attitude is crucial for success. 

Attitudes are contagious.  Throughout my life I have noticed that when I surround myself with negative people, I become more negative.  On the other hand when I hang around positive people, I not only become more positive, but I am happier.  Choose your friends carefully and don’t let them bring you down. 

While at a conference this summer, I said hi to a lady and asked her, “How are you?”  Now when people ask you how you are, what is your reply?  I usually answer, without thinking, “Fine” or “Great”.   This lady’s response was, “I am blessed.”  Isn’t that how each of us should feel every day?  We truly are blessed to be a part of this community and this school. 

Today, I leave you with some words from Mahatma Gandhi.

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”


Thank you and whether you are in kindergarten or a senior or somewhere in between let’s make this a fabulous year leading to a wonderful destiny!


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