Dear McCallie, GPS and Baylor Students:
Soon our schools will begin the time-honored tradition of Baylor-McCallie Week, starting with the GPS/Baylor soccer match on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m., hosted by Baylor. On October 4, Baylor will then host the McCallie and GPS communities at Heywood Stadium for the annual football matchup between the Red Raiders and the Blue Tornado. Once again, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to positively demonstrate what it means to be part of these school communities.
As students, you are vital partners in making this event a success. We hope all will jointly demonstrate a healthy respect for competition while modeling McCallie, GPS, and Baylor spirit with honor and proper decorum. In the days leading up to the games, we expect students from each school to exemplify leadership and character and not engage in any acts of vandalism or inappropriate behavior in the community or on the Baylor, GPS, or McCallie campuses. When students of our schools violate the property of others or defame their school’s good name, they are showing disrespect and a lack of honor. We should never allow the collective spirit of the week to become overshadowed by the negative actions of a few.
As with any school event, we expect all students to abide by the high standards each school embraces and the specific expectations each school fully supports and intends for all students to uphold. Students from each school are encouraged to demonstrate their spirit and excitement for the game on their home campuses. Students are not to promote the game in local neighborhoods or in the greater community by painting or vandalizing municipal or private property. Underground T-shirts will not be permitted. Students should remember that the games played during the week, including the football game on Friday night, are played by the teams on fields and courts, not in social media. Inappropriate posts will not be tolerated. You are responsible for what you post!
Finally, during the last few years, we have seen an increase in students cutting flags off vehicles. Please understand McCallie, GPS, and Baylor administrations consider this destruction of others’ property and view it as a form of vandalism. Do not risk your participation in this great week and attendance at the games over a foolish act. Gentlemen, leave the flags alone! We cannot stress this enough!
Most of all, it is important that you make responsible and safe decisions and remember who and what you represent as students from three fine schools. We encourage you to put your energy into showing pride for your school with character and to demonstrate how to win or lose with integrity, dignity, and honor.
Working together, we believe that this much-anticipated week will be a wonderful and memorable experience for McCallie, GPS, Baylor, and the entire community.
Go Big Blue, Go Bruisers and Go Big Red!
- Spirit Week