Dear McCallie, GPS and Baylor Students;
Soon our schools will begin the time-honored traditions of Spirit Week. Even though the pandemic has necessitated some adjustments, we are still endeavoring to maintain the spirit of these traditions. We will start the week with the GPS/Baylor soccer match on Wednesday, September 30, at 7pm, hosted by GPS. On October 2, the McCallie, GPS and Baylor communities will gather at Finley Stadium for the annual matchup between the Blue Tornado and the Red Raiders. Once again, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to demonstrate what it means to be part of these school communities.
As students, you are vital partners in making this event a success. It is our hope that we 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 game, 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 our campuses. We should never allow the collective spirit of the week to become tarnished by the negative actions of a few.
As with any major school event, we expect all of you to abide by the high standards which each school embraces. As we prepare for the week, there are some specific expectations which each school fully supports and intends for all students. You are encouraged to show your spirit and excitement for the game on your home campuses. You should not “advertise” 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 the administrations at McCallie, GPS, and Baylor consider this destruction of others’ property and view this as a form of vandalism and will treat it as such. Do not risk your participation in this great week and attendance at the game over such a foolish and dangerous act.
Most of all, it is important you make responsible and safe decisions.
Working together, we believe that this much-anticipated week will be a wonderful, memorable and safe experience for McCallie, GPS, Baylor and the entire community.
Go Big Blue(s) and Go Big Red!
Kenneth A. Sholl, Assistant Head of School , McCallie School
Dr. Kirk Walker , Interim Head of School, GPS
Shaw Wilson, Assitant Headmaster, Baylor School