Thanks to all SGC members and parents – and to sponsor David Corkill – for a fantastic night!
The upcoming district track meet is the sole focus of the Rapoport Academy track team – that, and the amazing accomplishments of team member Blaine Listach. After training for weeks now, they have high hopes of placing well at the meet.
“We’re proud of all the track students. Blaine has had an especially amazing year. He’s trained so hard and produced incredible results,” coach Gil Beckham said.
Last week Listach competed at the Austin relays, winning first place in the event with his 7′ 1″ jump. Listach who credits his coaches for his success, shared his feelings about his jump.
“I wasn’t nervous at all, but I didn’t think I was going to win or place,” Listach said
The team has been preparing using a number of different training methods.
“In athletics we do a lot of different stuff. We do jumping stuff, aerobics, we do strength training like lifting weights, things to work out our legs,” sophomore Kasia Cross, who participates in the 800-meter dash and high jump, said.
If the team is as successful at the district meet as they hope, they will move on to regionals shortly thereafter.
David Corkill, Meyer High teacher, is a major award winner for his creative lesson plans that keep students intrigued and guessing. Corkill was nominated by Superintendent Matthew Polk for the 2013 Award for Outstanding Early Career Teaching. Corkill received this award on Valentine’s Day 2014 in front of the entire Meyer High community during morning meeting.
“They must have made a mistake…Texas is very large…I was very honored,” Corkill said of the win, which comes with a significant cash prize.
Polk was impressed with Corkill’s teaching and felt he deserved the honor.
“I nominated Mr. Corkill for the award because I appreciate his passion for what he teaches. It’s obvious that he really enjoys history, and I think that makes it more likely that students will enjoy it, too. I appreciate his creativity when it comes to his lessons,” Polk said.
Not only does the superintendent appreciate Corkill’s hard work and charisma, but students believe he deserved the award as well.
“Mr. Corkill is a great teacher, and always has unique and interesting ways to teach his lessons,” junior Alexis Diaz said.
Sophomore Ashley Burris said Corkill’s effort and caring are always evident.
“I believe Corkill deserved this award in so many ways, he works so hard to be a wonderful teacher and there would be no way he wouldn’t have won this award,” Burris said.
Signing up for Upward Bound is a popular thing at Meyer High. RAPS students seemed to jump when the opportunity was announced in the fall.
“Mrs. Burris recommended it for me, so I jumped at the opportunity,” sophomore Colton Brinegar said.
Upward Bound is a positive, fun way students are prepared for life after high school. It teaches them important skills that are valuable to every student.
“It has taught me a lot of skills that help me fill out applications and résumés along with better preparing me for the SAT and ACT,” Brinegar said.
The requirements to be accepted into the program seem be something worth meeting based on all of the student participation.
“Meeting all of the requirements, you get to go to college trips and go on summer trips,” Brinegar said.
In the meetings, students are helped and prepared for success. This is done in both a fun a beneficial way for students and instructors.
“At the monthly meetings, there are four classes for each grade. In them, we play games that teach teamwork, and we hear guest speakers [speak] about different topics,” Brinegar said.
Joining Upward Bound gives students the opportunity for extra help while preparing for life in and after college.
“It has given me a lot of knowledge that will give me help in my future while giving me better job skills. And on top of that, it has helped me excel in my classes,” Brinegar said.
Art instructor Cash Teague has returned to Rapoport, and he’s loving life here so far.
Teague: I love my job. The students are hard working and respectful, which makes my life so much easier. I have said many times that I will stay here as long as I can because I believe in what Rapoport is doing, and this is the happiest I have been with my job in a long time.
Mr. Teague also knows RAPS’ former art teacher very well.
Teague: As most people know, I worked at Rapoport for 2½ years before starting this school year. We have each other’s phone number and occasionally text back and forth, talking about nerdy art things.
Mr. Teague loves teaching with a passion.
Teague: Like I said, I love Rapoport, its mission, and what it is doing for Waco. Whenever Dr. Polk asked me if I would like to come back, I jumped at the opportunity to rejoin this team.
How well does Mr. Teague get along with the students?
Teague: I’d like to think that my students and I get along well together. There are always times where I’m sure they all hate me, but it’s like that with people in any kind of relationship: parent-child, brother-sister, friend-friend. I wouldn’t expect anything different between student-teacher. But, overall, I think we overcome those issues, have fun in class, and learn a bit about becoming better artists.
Students say the art projects are great and they’re just getting better.
Teague: We just finished a HUGE unit on the proportions of the human body. Each student learned the proportions of the face and did a spray paint project in a style similar to the street artist “Banksy.” After that, we learned the proportions of the whole body, and students made wire sculptures of small people doing various things: playing basketball, dancing, meditating, falling, fighting, etc. I could tell you what we’re doing next, but that would ruin the surprise.
Where has Mr. Teague taught before?
I taught for 2½ years here at Rapoport. After that, I taught for one year at Texas Christian Academy, and one year at Robinson Junior High before completing the circle and coming back to Rapoport.