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March 23rd 2013 SWAP at Spring Spirit – save the date

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Spring Spirit Baseball is located on Pitner Road, near the Spring Branch Family Development Center (Panda Path / Boys & Girls club).  We’ll spend the day in large group presentation (special guest Rob Rossy), small groups, a service project for Sager Brown  (school kits for SWAP coaches going on a mission trip), and baseball / softball scrimmages.

Stay tuned for more!!


Photos from SWAP day February 16 — Ropes Course & Amy Asch Photography

Thank you SWAP team for another wonderful SWAP Saturday:  enjoy some of the photos from the Ropes course & presentation by Amy Asch Photography (featuring Amy, Timothy from MHS, Rosa and Erin).  Amy Asch is a volunteer professional artist from Newspring Art Studio (providing after school classes and workshops throughout the year for students at SBISD schools).


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SWAP Small Groups Lesson for February 2013 – Teamwork

teamwork-cubesThank you to Janet Sims for writing the February SWAP small group lesson on Teamwork.  Access lesson here.

Sondra will bring copies Saturday to SWAP.

ROPES Course and Amy Asch Photography for SWAP Day 2/16/13

On February 16, we’ll have another exciting SWAP Day with students from Spring Oaks Middle School.

SBISD Ropes Course

We’ll have breakfast together at Spring Oaks Middle School, in the bus loop, and then travel to the SBISD Ropes Course (which is at Academy of Choice 9016 Westview Dr).  From 9am to 10:30am, SWAP leader Adrian Gonzalez and other team members will guide the students and SWAP coaches through the team-work course. * (see bottom of post for more on ROPES).

Amy Asch photography

At 10:30am we’ll travel on the SBISD buses to Esperanza for a presentation by Amy Asch of Amy Asch Photography.  Amy was the winner of the Newspring Business Plan competition in 2010 and will talk to us about the importance of setting a goal, working in a team, keeping your eyes open for the opportunities and creating a community of support.  Amy is bringing her work (photography) for us to view and will take some photos of our SWAP group!

At 11:30am we’ll get into our SWAP small groups, and discuss the day’s events, courtesy of a lesson plan by Janet Sims.

We’ll then eat lunch and return back to Spring Oaks Middle School.   Thank you SWAP volunteers and students!!

* R.O.P.E.S.

What is ROPES and where did it come from? A non-profit company called Project Adventure began the program in the early 1970’s. It is a blend of physical education and counseling. R.O.P.E.S. is an acronym for Reality Oriented Physical Experiences.

Reality Oriented Physical Experiences

The program consists of four components:
  • Orientation and Goal Setting: Group member set both individual and group goals to be achieved during the experience, and they make a commitment that stresses being responsible and positive.
  • Initiatives and Games: These require very few props and can be done indoors or outdoors. The purpose is to help the group of participants relax and have fun together. The group enjoys themselves playing cooperative games and solving tasks presented to them by the facilitator.
  • Low Elements: The group of participants (typically 8 to 14) must overcome a specially constructed obstacle. The obstacle is presented through a storyboard and emphasizes use of problem-solving and communications skills to determine how the entire group can meet this challenge. Examples of low elements are: Logs on the ground, cords strung between trees to form a spider web, wires between a series of trees, and a wall of wood.
  • High Elements: Individual group members may choose to attempt a high element while members of the group support the member’s efforts by serving on the belay team. Equipment used is very similar to that used by rock climbers. Participants wear a helmet and harness and are belayed with climbing ropes by the facilitator. Examples of high elements are: Wires and logs suspended between trees, poles, nets, ladders, and climbing walls. High elements provide participants a chance to overcome fears, improve self-esteem, and work on trust issues. A hallmark of the program is challenge by choice. Participants are not required to do a high element.
Facilitators for the ROPES Program are SBISD employees that show and interest and passion for the outdoors and for adding value to the life of a student and/or employee. The facilitators will participate in a full eight day training to prepare them with the technical skills and soft skills needed to conduct a group outing on the course.The ROPES Program is also designed to enhance and enrich the curriculum endeavors of the district. The ROPES course brings students and staff to a world outside the classroom to engage in hands on learning. With the transference tools used in the processing (a counseling tool) of each event the facilitator will bring the focus back to learning.

The ROPES Program is a unique opportunity to reach individuals through reality oriented physical experiences; experiences that one never forgets. It provides a time to put into practice trust, cooperation, problem-solving, communication skills, team work, risk taking and many more characteristics of a high quality person. A day on the ROPES course gives you an inward look into qualities of a person that you otherwise might not see in a classroom or boardroom setting.

In our schools we must teach our children that alone it is difficult to accomplish things but together, as a team, as a family almost anything can be accomplished!     – Colin Powell