End of the Year Awards 2016
Methodist Children’s Home recognized student achievements during award ceremonies the last week of school. On May 22 MCH celebrated graduates with Senior Sunday where several students were given Core Value awards and honors for academic achievements. All seniors were also given a Bible. Below is a list of Senior Sunday award recipients:
Relationship Award – Lizbeth, Michael, Seleehom
Growth Award – Jennifer, Daesha, Mikayla, Vincenzo
Service Award – Vanessa, Skylar
Responsibility Award – Maegan, Ashley
Hope Award – Alyssa, Kelli
Courage Award – Destiny, Jorae, Jeffrey
The Charles W. & Mariam Hawes Academic Excellence Award (male and female student with highest grade point average) – Jeffrey, Seleehom
Outstanding Student Award – Ashley
Methodist Children’s Home School Awards Assembly on May 24 honored student achievements in academics and extracurricular activities. Below is a list of several top awards:
Academic Honor Roll
Noah, Iona, Marissa, Galen, Laura, Chrislynn, Alexis, Camray, Mae, Nick, Seleehom, Hawa
Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Nick, Galen, Chayce
Agriscience – Jacob
Star Discovery Award – Rainn
Star Green Hand – Marissa
Chapter Star Farmer – Jeff
Chapter Star in Agriscience – Mikayla
Belt Buckles: Beef Production – Chayce
Swine Production – Noah
Sheep Production – Laura
Goat Production – Alex
After School Programs
(Most Valuable and Most Improved)
Theater – Skylar (MV), Desi (MI)
Choir – Iona (MV), Jamia (MI)
Drumline – Justice (MV), Chris (MI)
Cheer – Kelli (MV), Iyahnna (MI)
(Most Valuable and Most Improved)
Volleyball (Varsity) – Christal (MV), Amashia (MI)
Football (JV) – Reggie (MV), Noah (MI)
Football (Varsity) – Chayce (MV), D’Andre (MI)
Golf – Marissa (MV)
Basketball (Boys JV) – Solomon (MI)
Basketball (Boys Varsity) – Brandon (MV), Jakenzie (MI)
Basketball (Girls Varsity) – Ja’Vianne (MV), Alexis and Christina (MI)
Track (Boys) – Rashon (MV), Trent (MI)
Track (Girls) – Ja’Vianne (MV), Christina (MI)
Bobby Gilliam Leadership in Athletics Awards – Ja’Vianne (girls), Steven (boys) •
TBRI Receives National Best Practice Rating
For a number of years, Methodist Children’s Home, in partnership with the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, has implemented Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) training for all MCH childcare workers. TBRI training has recently been listed on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) website as a “promising practice” with a “high” rating.
”CEBC is a prominent, nationally accepted entity for validating evidence-based practices in the United States,” said Tim Brown, president/CEO of MCH, and “TBRI is now nationally recognized as a Promising Evidence-Based Intervention. We are thrilled by this news and the fact that our research partnership the last few years with TCU and the Institute has led to this level of credibility and recognition. This truly validates the high level of quality care we are providing to our children and families.”
Brown added that “we are one of the few agencies in our field of service that can confidently say to our service populations and our supporters that our work is well-supported as an evidence-based practice and intervention training that we will soon be able to take to our communities and our church families as well.”
MCH Staff Trained for New Parent Education Program
Several staff members at Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) now have new tools to help families after receiving Circle of Security training. Circle of Security is described as “a relationship-based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.”
The program is based on research revealing that secure children exhibit more self-esteem and empathy while also forming stronger relationships and performing better in school. Through the program, facilitators help caregivers to identify children’s needs and determine the best ways to meet those needs. MCH decided to implement Circle of Security after a recommendation from partners at Texas Christian University’s Institute of Child Development. It will be offered in addition to Nurturing Parenting and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) programs.
“The program marries well with Nurturing Parenting and TBRI and it’s simple to facilitate,” said Kelly Smith, program administrator for the Western region of MCH Family Outreach. “After these rounds of training, all offices will have a trained COS Parenting trainer. Circle of Security provides participants with a model for parenting through secure attachment, allows exploration of attachment styles and teaches skills to facilitate a secure attachment with their children.”
Brooke Davilla, MCH Family Outreach director in Waco, attended the training in May.
“Often in our roles at MCH we hear ‘fix them,’ ‘fix us’ or ‘tell us what to do’ from families and community members who are seeking assistance,” she said. “The COS training is unlike other programs or interventions that offer a three-step guide to this or a behavior intervention that does that. The COS approach moves past the distraction of the behaviors and gets to the heart of the issue, our innate need for connection.
“During our training we were immersed in attachment theory and reminded that if we can help create or repair connection then we can move towards security with resiliency and wholeness,” Davilla added. “Circle of Security is rich in research and theory but simplistic in implementation. I believe we will continue to bring a message of hope to families through this approach and look forward to offering it in our community.”
One Act Play Competes at State and District Competitions
Methodist Children’s Home School (MCHS) students can take a bow after impressive performances at district and state competitions this spring. The One Act Play cast received several awards for the performance of “Indoor/Outdoor,” a sentimental comedy written by Kenny Finkle.
The play is about a cat named Samantha, played by Skylar, who is adopted by her new owner Shuman, played by Ben. At first, everything is going well, but soon Samantha begins to wonder why Shuman doesn’t understand her. The relationship grows even more complicated when she meets an alley cat and begins to wonder if she is meant to be an indoor cat or outdoor cat.
The One Act Play cast rehearsed the play since January 2016. They were directed by Kira Rockwell, MCH recreation coordinator, who said she chose the play for her students due to its lovable characters and relatable message.
“The play is hysterical, but it has a beautiful overarching message of unconditional love and explores the principal of self-worth,” Rockwell said. “I wanted the students to have a show they could truly love to perform for people. I wanted them to be able to walk away knowing they told a great story.”
For the district competition on April 15, Ben received first place male actor overall for his role as “Shuman” and Skylar made the second all-star cast for her performance as “Samantha.” The play also received second place overall. At state competition on May 13-14, Skylar received first all-star cast, Ben was awarded second all-star cast, Josh was an honorable mention for his performance as the mouse, and D-Nayjah was recognized as an all-star tech.