CAC Friday Thoughts

17-18 Friday Thoughts Template




Shout-Outs
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Positive Parent Contact


Upcoming Events
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Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)

Responsibilities for Next Week




Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth




Book Recommendation


About the Book (from Amazon)






May 19, 2017

The End

We did it! We made it to the end. Thank you for a great year!

As you finish grades, clean up classrooms, and wind down, let me encourage you to spend some time reflecting on the year. Even though we’re tired, it’s good to write things down while they’re top-of-mind.

  • What was the best lesson you taught this year? What made it great? Write it down.
  • What lesson didn’t go as planned? What happened? Write it down.
  • What classroom rule or procedure do you wish you had implemented at the beginning of the year? Write it down.
  • What creative “next year, I want to…" ideas did you have? Write them down.
  • What are your goals for next year? Write them down.

I have a working list of improvements for next year, and I’m excited about seeing how many of those ideas I can implement to make next year better.

My notes from yesterday’s meetings are also going to be really helpful as we plan next year.

And now, I have more favor to ask you— please give me some principal-directed feedback below. I’ve used the same survey for the past three years, and I’m looking forward to getting your feedback to compare to previous years, to identify areas of improvement, and to consider new ways to make CAC better. You can complete the feedback form directly in the box below or by clicking here. Thanks!

(Hint: if completing this survey on your mobile device, turn your device sideways to reorientate the form.)



Shout-Outs
  • The Middle School STEM Activities couldn’t have gone better. Angie Diles did an AMAZING job coordinating the days’ activities, and the kids loved it. A big thanks goes to Angie and all of the teachers who helped make the past two days very fun and meaningful for our students. It was a great way to wrap up the year.
  • Sunday’s graduation ceremony went very smoothly. A big thanks to everyone to help set-up and tear down.
  • Congratulations to our teacher award winners. I have so much fun coming to school every day, and it’s because of the people I get to work with. Thank you.

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Semester Tests
    • 4th Period Test / MS Regular Schedule 8:05-9:35
    • Chapel 9:38-10:05
    • 8th Period Test / MS Regular Schedule 10:10-11:45
    • Lunch 11:45-12:10 (lunch not sold)
    • All students (grades 6-12) dismissed at 11:45.
    • Teacher Checkout & Grades Finalized before leaving.
    • Faculty dismissal at 2:30
    • State Soccer Championship Game— 4:00 PM; Fayetteville.

Summer Dates
  • Girls Soccer State Championship Game— Friday, May 19; 4:00 PM
  • Summer Reading Lists (emailed to Chad/Rachel)— Friday, May 19
  • Semester Exam Make-Ups— Monday, May 22-Thursday, May 25
  • Professional Development Completed— Wednesday, May 31
  • Teaching Assignments PERSONAL GOAL—Week of June 5
  • Classroom Chef Workshop (Math Teachers)— June 5-6 PCSSD (tentative)
  • Innovative Institute (Springdale)— June 7-8
  • Supply List Deadline— Week of June 12
  • Big Back-to-School Info Email— Week of June 19
  • Aspire Results— End of June
  • Dead Weeks— June 26-July 9
  • OrthoArkansas Sports Medicine Clinic— Wednesday, July 19
  • Back-to-School Inservice— Wednesday, August 2
  • First Day of School— Wednesday, August 9

Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)

Responsibilities for Next Week

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.


Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

Below is the video Mr. Teigen shared in chapel yesterday.


Looking for some great summer professional development? Check out the ANSAA summer workshops by clicking the image below. CLICK HERE to register.







Book Recommendation


About the Book (from Amazon)

This book describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that form the fabric of life in our best classrooms and schools. It focuses on the specific things that great teachers do ... that others do not. Readers of author Todd Whitaker's best-selling WHAT GREAT PRINCIPALS DO DIFFERENTLY asked him for a companion volume focusing on great teachers and their classrooms. This book is his response to those requests.This book focuses on the specific things that great teachers do ... that others do not. It answers these essential questions:
  • Is it high expectations for students that matter?
  • How do great teachers respond when students misbehave?
  • Do great teachers filter differently than their peers?
  • How do the best teachers approach standardized testing?
  • How can your teachers gain the same advantages?
In the second edition of this renowned book, you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration from one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. With wit and understanding, Todd Whitaker describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and explains what they do differently. New features include:
  • Meaning what you say
  • Focusing on students first
  • Putting yourself in their position




End-of-the-Year Faculty Meeting Agenda— May 17, 2017

Wrap-Up
  • Senior Stats
  • Textbooks/Materials
  • Check-Out Forms
  • Email follow-up w/ Survey Link
  • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Next Year
      • STUCO
        • Back-to-School Theme: SPACE (lost in… final frontier… blast off)
        • Spiritual Theme:
      I look up to the mountains;
      does my strength come from mountains?
      No, my strength comes from God,
      who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. -Psalm 121:1-2
      • Enrollment Projections— C. Tappe
      • Accreditation
        • Key Goals for Next Year
          1. Emphasis on mathematic instruction
          2. Create Professional Learning Communities
          3. Provide training and support in the area of data analysis
          4. Emphasis on Spiritual Growth of Faculty and Staff
          5. Implement a formalized induction process for new faculty/staff
        • Teacher Job Descriptions
          1. See contract packet for outlined expectations
          2. Two performance appraisals (December and May)
      Summer Dates
      • Girls Soccer State Championship Game— Friday, May 19; 4:00 PM
      • Summer Reading Lists (emailed to Chad/Rachel)— Friday, May 19
      • Semester Exam Make-Ups— Monday, May 22-Thursday, May 25
      • Professional Development Completed— Wednesday, May 31
      • Teaching Assignments PERSONAL GOAL—Week of June 5
      • Classroom Chef Workshop (Math Teachers)— June 5-6 PCSSD (tentative)
      • Innovative Institute (Springdale)— June 7-8
      • Supply List Deadline— Week of June 12
      • Big Back-to-School Info Email— Week of June 19
      • Aspire Results— End of June
      • Dead Weeks— June 26-July 9
      • OrthoArkansas Sports Medicine Clinic— Wednesday, July 19
      • Back-to-School Inservice— Wednesday, August 2
      • First Day of School— Wednesday, August 9
      Awards & Recognition

    May 12, 2017


    The Fruit of Our Labor



    ✔️ Elementary
    ✔️ Middle School
    ✔️ High School
    ✔️ Senior finals
    ✔️ Senior chapel
    ✔️ Graduation Practice
    ✔️ Dinner and Final Senior Devo
    ___Graduation
    ___Life

    The class of 2017 is a great group! I can still picture them in my 7th grade Bible class when I was brand new to Mustang Mountain— and they were, too. It’s been so much fun watching them grow up the past six years. I’m happy for them for reaching this milestone in their lives, but I’m also sad that they’re leaving. They’ll be missed.

    For this group of seniors, we’ve planted the seeds and nurtured the relationships. We’ve invested years of our lives in them, and it’s been worth it. Because of God’s work, the fruit of our labor is evident. But our work isn’t done— not even close.



    As educators, our years are cyclical. Every year we each are given a different class of students, a new group of seniors, and a fresh start. We have new opportunities to plant seeds and nurture relationships while God makes things grow.

    I hope we did enough for our students this year. I also hope we do more next year (whatever that even means!).


    Shout-Outs
    • Our NJHS students had a great day serving and helping with the NLR field day last Friday. A big shout-out goes to Christy Sherrill for leading our NJHS.

    • Sunday’s Choir concert was great! Tori Beach did an outstanding job designing a program that would showcase our very talented students. In addition to hearing our choirs perform, the audience was treated to a Ukulele accompaniment by the Dogtown Ukelele Band (including one of our 6th graders), a guitar accompaniment by one of our high school students, and several student solos. It was a perfect final choir concert for Mrs. Beach— she will certainly be missed.

    • AP Exams are finished! A big shout-out goes to Jan Penrod for arranging for all of our AP tests this year. The tests started last Monday and the final test was taken yesterday.

    • Monday’s Lights Up! performance was a great final show for the year for our group. Jenna Thomas and our Lights Up group do such an incredible job with their ministry, and I’m so thankful for its success. It was an awesome way to start the week, and it was great honoring Holly Cannon for the impact she made on our drama department while Jenna was out.

    • A shout-out goes to Doug Killgore for organizing our Athletic Awards assembly last Friday. It was a great way to recognize our seniors for the hard work they’ve put in while on Mustang Mountain, and the program as well-planned. Way to go, Mr. Killgore!

    • Congratulations to Tori Beach and Danny Sullivan for being selected as our Teachers of the Year. I’m so thankful for the impact these two teachers have had on our students’ lives.

    • Our annual Senior Day experienced a slight change of plans this year, but it turned out to be a great evening. Jan Penrod, Kristy Quattlebaum, Kathy Holland, Karen Sullivan, Danny Sullivan, Steve Quattlebaum, and Chad Tappe did a great job planning and leading our seniors throughout the day. As expected, Coach Sullivan kicked it off with a powerful chapel message, and the rest of the day was designed to spend time together, eat together, and reflecting on time spent at Mustang Mountain. It was an awesome day!

    Upcoming Events
    • Sunday, May 14
      • Mother’s Day
      • Graduation (2:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, May 16— Academic Awards Chapel & 7th Period Semester Test (adjusted bell schedule)
      • 1st Period 8:00- 8:35 (35 min.)
      • 2nd Period 8:40- 9:15 (35 min.)
      • Academic Awards Assembly 9:15-10:15
      • 3rd Period 10:20-10:55 (35 min.)
      • 4th Period 11:00-11:45 (45 min.; regular schedule)
      • MS 5th Period 11:50-12:35 (45 min.; regular schedule)
        • HS Lunch 11:45-12:09
      • HS 5th Period 12:15-1:00 (45 min; regular schedule)
        • MS Lunch 12:35-1:00
      • 6th Period 1:05-1:50 (45 min.; regular schedule)
      • 7th Period
        • MS 7th Period 1:55-2:40 (45 min.; regular schedule)
        • HS 7th Period Semester Test 1:55-3:10 (75 min.)— HS students will be dismissed form school at 3:10
      • 8th Period
        • MS 8th Period 2:45-3:30 (45 min.; regular schedule)
        • HS 8th Period will not meet (grades 9-11)
    • Wednesday, May 17 (Click here for full semester test schedule)
      • 2nd Period Test / MS STEM Session #1 8:05-9:35
      • Chapel 9:38-10:05
      • 5th Period Test / MS STEM Session #2 10:10-11:45
      • MS/HS Lunch 11:45-12:10 (lunch not sold)
      • Faculty/Staff Lunch provided by STUCO
      • Optional HS Review Period 12:15-1:00
      • End-of-Year Faculty Meeting 1:00-2:30 (library)
      • Faculty dismissal at 3:30
    • Thursday, May 18
      • 3rd Period Test / MS STEM Session #3 8:05-9:35
      • Chapel 9:38-10:05
      • 6th Period Test / MS STEM Session #4 10:10-11:45
      • Lunch 11:45-12:10 (lunch not sold)
      • Optional HS Review Period 12:15-1:00
      • MS Faculty Meeting 1:00-2:00 (library)
      • HS Faculty Meeting 2:00-3:00 (library)
      • Faculty dismissal at 3:30
    • Friday, May 19— Semester Tests
      • 4th Period Test / MS Regular Schedule 8:05-9:35
      • Chapel 9:38-10:05
      • 8th Period Test / MS Regular Schedule 10:10-11:45
      • Lunch 11:45-12:10 (lunch not sold)
      • All students (grades 6-12) dismissed at 11:45.
      • Teacher Checkout & Grades Finalized before leaving.
      • Faculty dismissal at 2:30


    Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)

    Responsibilities for Next Week

    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— J. Gates
    • Cafeteria PM— T. Beach
    • Parking Lot AM— T. Hodges
    • Parking Lot PM— D. Sullivan
    • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
    • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
    • Chapel— Admin
    • Detention— Admin

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

    Looking for some great summer professional development? Check out the ANSAA summer workshops by clicking the image below. CLICK HERE to register.





    Book Recommendation


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    About the Book (from Amazon)
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    May 5, 2017

    Thank You

    This has been a great week of honoring the efforts of our students— collegiate scholarships, academic accolades, and athletic accomplishments (today). When you add in the soccer and baseball tournaments, last night’s band concert, our choir concert Sunday, and then the Lights Up! chapel performance on Monday, I’d say our students have really been able to shine lately. They definitely have worked hard and have put in the time and energy required to succeed, so it’s great that we take time to honor them and their efforts.

    But they couldn’t have done it without you.

    Thank you for giving your time.
    Thank you for pushing our students.
    Thank you for putting them first.
    Thank you for setting the bar high.
    Thank you for encouraging our students daily.
    Thank you for being a Christ-like example.
    Thank you for bringing it day-in and day-out.
    Thank you for believing in our students.
    Thank you for praying for our students.
    Thank you for developing lasting relationships.
    Thank you for having the heart of a servant.
    Thank you for loving our students.

    Please don’t ever minimize the impact you have made and will continue to make in our students’ lives.


    Shout-Outs
    • Monday’s academic scholarship assembly went great thanks to Jan Penrod and Carrie Vick. The program spotlights the great achievements of our students and is encouraging for all of our younger students to see. That’s a fun assembly and one I look forward to each year.


    • The band performance in chapel and the concert last night were really, really good. I’m so proud of our students and it’s fun to see how far they’ve come through hard work and practice. James Wilhite has done an exceptional job and I’m looking forward to seeing


    • Ashley Jamison’s Spanish II students have been putting in quite a bit of work preparing for their performances today. Students have worked together to write scripts and build sets for their Spanish performances of familiar tales (like Jack and the Beanstalk, for instance). They will be performing today in the atrium after lunch. This project has certainly stretched and pushed our students, and it’ll be great today! Way to go, Ms. Jamison.

    • Now that AP testing season is here, Lynnette Noble and Kathy Holland have organized additional study sessions for students to help them review and go over last-minute questions. Shout-outs go to both Lynnette and Kathy for going the extra mile to help our students succeed.

    Upcoming Events
    • Friday, May 5
    • Sunday, May 7— Choir Concert (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, May 8
      • AP Biology Test
      • Senior Exams (Click here for schedules)
      • Lights Up Chapel
      • Deadline of Academic Award names to be sent to Mrs. Lillard (i.e., top 8th Grade English student, top Algebra II student, etc.)
    • Tuesday, May 9— AP Calculus Test
    • Wednesday, May 10
      • AP Language Test
      • Senior Chapel Day Schedule
        • 8:00-8:45— 1st Period (45 min.)
        • 8:50-9:35— 2nd Period (45 min.)
        • 9:40-10:25—3rd Period (45 min.)
        • 10:30-11:10— 4th Period (40 min.)
        • 11:15-11:55— 5th Period (40 min.)
        • 12:00-12:40— MS 6th Period (40 min.)
          • 11:55-12:20— HS Lunch
        • 12:25-1:05— HS 6th Period (40 min.)
          • 12:40-1:05— MS Lunch
        • 1:10-1:50— 7th Period (40 min.)
        • 1:55-2:35— 8th Period (40 min.)
        • 2:40-3:30— SENIOR Chapel (auditorium)
    • Thursday, May 11
      • AP World History Test
      • State Soccer Tournament (Batesville)
    • Friday, May 12— State Soccer Tournament (Batesville)
    • Sunday, May 14
      • Mother’s Day
      • Graduation (2:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, May 16— Academic Awards Chapel (i.e., top 8th Grade English student, top Algebra II student, etc.)
    • Wednesday, May 17- Friday, May 19— Semester Tests (Click here for schedules)
    • Friday, May 19—

    Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)

    Responsibilities for Next Week

    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— T. Beach
    • Cafeteria PM— A. Stewart
    • Parking Lot AM— A. Almond
    • Parking Lot PM— C. Baber
    • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
    • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
    • Chapel— Admin
    • Detention— TBD

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

    Looking for some great summer professional development? Check out the ANSAA summer workshops by clicking the image below. CLICK HERE to register.








    Book Recommendation
    The Flinch by Julien Smith

    About the Book (from Amazon)

    Julien Smith has delivered a surprise, a confrontation, a book that will push you, scare you and possibly stick with you for years to come.

    The idea is simple: your flinch mechanism can save your life. It shortcircuits the conscious mind and allows you to pull back and avoid danger faster than you can even imagine it’s there.

    But what if danger is exactly what you need?

    What if facing the flinch is the one best way to get what you want?
    Here’s a chance to read the book everyone will be talking about, before they do.

    What are you afraid of? Here's how to find out.




    April 28, 2017

    A Day They’ll Remember

    Once again, our school came through in a big way for our ACCESS Gators / Day of Service. It’s a day when we’re at our best. Thank you for your hard work, positive attitudes, and willingness to help.

    I love pausing from the daily grind to give students and teachers opportunities to step up and serve others alongside each other.

    Wednesday was not about us. It was about loving and serving others. Unfortunately, that’s not on any standardized test I know of, but it’s a lesson worth learning each year.

    Wednesday was one of the best days of the school year and we were at our best. It’s a day the ACCESS athletes look forward to, and it’s one our students will always remember.





    Shout-Outs
    • Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for making our ACCESS / Day of Service such a success. It truly is an all-hands-on-deck day, and everyone stepped up and helped as needed. Thank you!

    • Aspire Testing is almost complete! The 6th graders will finish their tests today, and then it is finished. A big thanks goes to everyone who helped administer tests Friday (that seems like SO long ago, right?!). I’m looking forward to seeing our results.

    • In 8th grade English, students are beginning to read The Pearl by John Steinbeck, and Caroline Prestridge invited several faculty members to serve as guest readers. A big shout-out goes to Mrs. Prestridge for being creative with how to read the story in class, and also a shout-out goes to Doug Killgore and Andy Stewart for volunteering as readers. Way to go!

    • Yearbook day was a success! A big shout-out goes to Kristy Quattlebaum and the yearbook staff for their work this year.

    Upcoming Events
    • Monday, May 1
      • AP Chemistry Test
      • Band Tour (NLR & PV Elementary campuses; 9:30-2:30)
    • Tuesday, May 2
      • Academic Scholarship Awards Chapel— 9:30-10:10 (2nd period will dismiss 10 minutes early at 9:25)
      • Choir Performance (National Anthem) @ Travelers Game— 6:45 PM
    • Wednesday, May 3— AP English Test
    • Thursday, May 4
    • Friday, May 5
    • Sunday, May 7— Choir Concert (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, May 8
      • AP Biology Test
      • Senior Exams (Click here for schedules)
      • Lights Up Chapel
      • Deadline of Academic Award names to be sent to Mrs. Lillard (i.e., top 8th Grade English student, top Algebra II student, etc.)
    • Tuesday, May 9— AP Calculus Test
    • Wednesday, May 10
      • AP Language Test
      • Senior Chapel / Senior Day (adjusted schedule for chapel— TBD)
    • Thursday, May 11
      • AP World History Test
      • State Soccer Tournament (Batesville)
    • Friday, May 12— State Soccer Tournament (Batesville)
    • Sunday, May 14— Graduation (2:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, May 16— Academic Awards Chapel (i.e., top 8th Grade English student, top Algebra II student, etc.)
    • Wednesday, May 17- Friday, May 19— Semester Tests (Click here for schedules)
    • Friday, May 19—

    Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)

    Responsibilities for Next Week

    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— A. Stewart
    • Cafeteria PM— Z. Stewart
    • Parking Lot AM— K. Allison
    • Parking Lot PM— J. Wilhite
    • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, & D. Sullivan
    • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, S. Sherrill, & B. Spencer
    • Chapel— Admin
    • Detention— A. Jamison

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

    Looking for some great summer professional development? Check out the ANSAA summer workshops by clicking the image below. Registration begins Monday, May 1.









    Book Recommendation


    About the Book (from Amazon)
    A practical and inspirational book based on the principle of sowing and reaping. If we sow fear, what will be our harvest? And conversely, if we sow faith, what will we grow? This book moves the reader beyond fear and guilt about giving and into confidence, security, and excitement. Andy Stanley unpacks our irrational fears about money, helping us to discover that generous giving is actually an invitation for our heavenly Father to get involved in our finances and resupply us with enough seed to sow generously throughout our lifetime.





    April 21, 2017

    “I’ll Do Whatever"

    We’ve been here before. At this time last year (and the year before), I wrote in the Friday Thoughts about all the things happening on Mustang Mountain. I wrote about the craziness going on at school as we were planning the banquet, standardized testing, the ACCESS Gators meet, the Day of Service, and many other projects— and in each of those cases, every time I asked someone to help out, I heard the same thing: “I’ll do whatever."

    Fast forward to this year, and things are exactly the same— maybe even better. Here’s a quick list of all the ways I’ve seen everybody step up and help out as needed:

    • Leading Spring Break Trips
    • Helping cover classes for teachers on trips
    • An Evening at CAC
    • Standardized Testing
    • Parade of Dates & JR/SR Banquet
    • Chaperoning the Space Camp & Lights Up trips
    • Covering Classes (when we’re short on substitutes)
    • Driving buses for Field Trips
    • ACCESS Gators/Day of Service

    Every year I hear comments about how “this year is the craziest it’s ever been," but I’m not sure that’s true. They’re all equally crazy. These final two months of school are a sprint to the finish with a trip, game, ceremony, event, or program every night of the week, and without an “I’ll do whatever" faculty, I don’t know what we’d do!

    Over the next few weeks, I’m sure several more needs will pop up, but I’m also sure we’ll help out as needed— because that’s what we do. Thank you.

    Shout-Outs
    • Our Science Olympiad crushed it this past weekend at UALR winning 3rd place overall. That’s awesome! A big shout-out goes to Erik Schramm for leading the charge, encouraging our students, and challenging them along the way.

    • Monday’s Band Solo & Ensemble night was a huge success thanks to James Wilhite! Our band students held small concerts in multiple rooms allowing for parents and guests to go from room-to-room to hear our talented musicians. It’s such a great idea and I’m glad our students had the platform to display their talents!


    • The inaugural Literary Cake-Off went extremely well this past Wednesday. Melissa Leverett's and Brittany Arnold’s classes teamed up to create culinary creations to symbolize literary works such as A Doll’s House, Tale of Two Cities, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter, and many other classics.




    • Our 6th grade Space Campers are having a great time and everything is going well. A big shout-out goes to Kassandra Allison, Jimmy Teigen, and Chad Tappe for chaperoning the trip. I’m certain they are having a great time and are getting plenty of sleep.

    Click here to view more pictures from Space Camp 2017

    • The Parade of Dates and JR/SR Banquet are tonight, and we have several faculty members who have been working like crazy to make it happen. Sarah Chunn, Brittany Arnold, Lynnette Noble, Holly Cannon, Jenna Thomas, and Chelsea Baber have been putting in some serious time the past two weeks helping our Junior class officers make sure everything is in order for the big night. It’s going to be great!

    Upcoming Events
    • Today
      • Aspire Testing (grades 7-9); 2:00 student dismissal; Faculty dismissal at 2:30 (announcement will be made)
      • Parade of Dates— 6 PM
      • JR/SR Banquet— 7:30 PM
    • Monday, April 24— ACCESS Gators Chapel
    • Tuesday, April 25— Yearbook Day
      • Yearbook chapel presentation & awards for Mustang Round-Up and Mr. & Miss CAC
      • Yearbooks will be distributed in the atrium beginning 7th period.
    • Wednesday, April 26— ACCESS/DAY OF SERVICE
      • (Click here to view list of project leader assignments, transportation arrangements, and contact information)
    • Thursday, April 27
      • Family Chapel (Final Meeting)
      • Gates’ Family Chapel field trip
    • Monday, May 1— AP Chemistry Test
    • Tuesday, May 2
      • Academic Scholarship Awards Chapel (9:30-10:10; 2nd period will dismiss at 9:25)
      • Choir Performance (National Anthem) @ Travelers Game— 6:45 PM
    • Wednesday, May 3— AP English Test
    • Thursday, May 4
      • Senior Exams
      • Chapel in auditorium (Band Performance)
      • Band Concert— 7 PM
    • Friday, May 5
      • Senior Exams
      • NJHS Field Trip to NLR Elementary
      • Athletic Awards Chapel
    • Sunday, May 7— Choir Concert (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, May 8
      • AP Biology Test
      • Senior Exams
      • Lights Up Chapel
      • Deadline of Academic Award names to be sent to Mrs. Lillard (i.e., top 8th Grade English student, top Algebra II student, etc.)
    • Tuesday, May 9— AP Calculus Test
    • Wednesday, May 10
      • AP Language Test
      • Senior Chapel / Senior Day (adjusted schedule for chapel— TBD)
    • Thursday, May 11
      • AP World History Test
      • State Soccer Tournament (Batesville)
    • Friday, May 12— State Soccer Tournament (Batesville)
    • Sunday, May 14— Graduation (2:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, May 16— Academic Awards Chapel (i.e., top 8th Grade English student, top Algebra II student, etc.)
    • Wednesday, May 17- Friday, May 19— Semester Tests
    • Friday, May 19—

    Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)

    Responsibilities for Next Week

    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— A. Almond
    • Cafeteria PM— S. Killgore
    • Parking Lot AM— J. Wilhite
    • Parking Lot PM— T. Hodges
    • HS Lunch— H. Cruce, J. Gates &. K. Holland
    • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
    • Chapel— K. Holland
    • Detention— TBD

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

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    Book Recommendation

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    April 14, 2017

    How do you ____?

    In chapel on Tuesday, Coach Watson shared a great message encouraging our students to ask questions in order to learn ways to read their Bible and how to pray. To help give students ideas, he shared responses from several faculty and staff to demonstrate the multiple ways we study and pray during our own individual devotional times.

    It’s important to remember we have such a great opportunity to help students learn how to read their Bibles, how to pray, and how to grow in their spiritual lives (in addition to teaching traditional school classes).

    I talked with some CAC graduates this week, and in two conversations, the phrase “the teacher that changed my life is…" came up. I loved how one of them put it in describing one of his favorite teachers. He said, “______ changed my life. He was a great teacher, but he was more than that. He cared about me as a person, not just as a student. Most of my teachers when I was at CAC got it, but _____ really got it. He saw the bigger picture and helped develop my faith."

    As we sprint to the finish of this school year, remember to focus on the bigger picture on the great opportunities we have to impact lives.


    Shout-Outs
    • Tuesday’s Evening at CAC was such a fun night, and the atrium and Brady Garden looked amazing! Sonya Gates, Lisa Lancaster, Chelsea Baber, Rachel Brackens, Kevin Lloyd, David Mauldin, Richard Burton, and Chad Tappe worked like crazy to make it all happen, and they did an outstanding job.
    • Congratulations to Greg and Janice Northen for the birth of Piper Marie last Friday!
    • Congratulations to Hayden and Megan Cruce for the birth of Sadie Claire this past Sunday!
    • I really enjoyed the special FADD Assembly on Monday, and it was a great reminder for all of us. Thank you for working with the adjusted schedule on such short notice.
    • Jan Penrod and Carrie Vick have done an excellent job organizing our Aspire testing schedule for next Friday. I’m anticipating a smooth day of testing, and I can’t wait to see how well our students perform.

    Upcoming Events
    • Today— No School (Good Friday)
    • Saturday, April 15— Science Olympiad at UALR (all day)
    • Monday, April 17
      • Day of Service Chapel
      • CAC Solo and Ensemble Night— 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, April 18— Service Project Sign-Ups Begin
    • Wednesday, April 19— 6th Grade Leaves for Space Camp
    • Thursday, April 20
      • Aspire Testing Meeting for ALL testing administrators and monitors (7:30 AM in library)
      • Day of Service Permission Slips Due
      • Spring Sports Pictures
      • Chapel in auditorium (STUCO elections)
    • Friday, April 21
      • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 7-9); 2:00 dismissal
      • 10th, 11th, and 12th graders— No School
      • Parade of Dates & JR/SR Banquet
      • 6th Grade Returns from Space Camp
    • Monday, April 24— ACCESS Gators Chapel
    • Wednesday, April 26— ACCESS/DAY OF SERVICE
    • Thursday, April 27— Family Chapel (Final Meeting)

    Big Picture Calendar (bit.ly/cacspring2017)


    Responsibilities for Next Week

    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— K. Allison
    • Cafeteria PM— J. Wilhite
    • Parking Lot AM— J. Thomas (H. Cannon)
    • Parking Lot PM— Z. Stewart
    • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
    • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
    • Chapel— B. McNair
    • Detention— TBD

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth





    Three Videos from the FADD Assembly



    Two Other Videos to Enjoy


    Book Recommendation

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    About the Book (from Amazon)

    Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase.

    You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: “Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it" (2 Samuel 23:20 -21).

    Unleash the lion chaser within! #InAPit





    April 7, 2017

    What If?

    It’s been only twenty-three days since our accreditation visit, but it already feels like it was so long ago. During that week, we all felt added pressure and a heightened sense of responsibility, and everyone (students included) were proud to show off our school. I loved it (even with the added stress of the week).

    Now that we’ve completed the visit and met the accreditation standards, the pressure is relieved.

    Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself:

    What if the visit were this past week?
    • Would I have spent my time the same way?
    • Would I have been as hyper-aware of what’s going on at school?
    • Did I provide the support needed for teachers who needed assistance?
    • Were my behaviors and attitude the same?
    • Did I make sure the hallways, my office, and our public spaces were clean and presentable?

    What if the visit were next week?
    • Where would I focus my time now and next week?
    • Am I as hyper-aware about what’s going on at school as I was during the accreditation visit?
    • Would I prioritize my time to make sure I would be able to provide support for teachers who need assistance?
    • Would my behaviors and attitude be consistent?
    • Would I make sure our building is presentable for guests?

    Ask yourself:
    • Would my lesson be as well-thought out and engaging?
    • Would my classroom be organized and conducive for learning?
    • Would I be ready and comfortable to have guests step in my room for evaluation?
    • Would my attitude and behaviors be the same as they were three weeks ago?
    • Would I prioritize my time the way I did three weeks ago?

    I loved the way we all rose to the occasion three weeks ago and really made our school shine, but in reality, we should be at our best every day. We have a banner hanging in the atrium with Colossians 3:23 reminding us every day who we all serve, and here’s another reminder from the Message:


    Let’s have a great week next week and finish this year strong! These are the hard weeks, but they can also be the most meaningful.


    Shout-Outs
    • The World History II field trip was a huge success on Wednesday. A big thanks goes to Lynnette Noble for planning the trip and giving our students the opportunity to tour the Clinton Library and connect it with their current class unit. Also, thank you to Bradley Spencer for driving the bus and chaperoning the trip.

    • Our 6th and 8th graders completed their scoliosis, hearing, and vision tests on Tuesday, and it went very fast and very smooth thanks to Carrie Vick and Jan Penrod. Awesome job!

    • The Lights Up troupe is currently on their annual spring tour, this year in Memphis. A big thanks goes to Holly Cannon and Jenna Thomas for organizing the trip. Also, a shout-out goes to Doug Killgore for driving and chaperoning the trip.

    • Congratulations to Jason Gates— this year’s NCAA Tournament Challenge champion.1 It was a hard fought battle, but Coach Gates was able to gut it out for the victory.2



    1 It should be noted that Jason Gates was also the creator/manager of this year's bracket challenge which does raise suspicions on the validity of the win. A thorough investigation into CAC TourneyGate will be conducted.

    2 It should also be noted that our varsity boys basketball coach, Bradley Spencer, finished dead last in this year’s bracket challenge.

    Upcoming Events
    • Thursday, April 6- Saturday April 8— Lights Up Tour (Memphis)
    • Monday, April 10— Special Assembly: FADD (Families Against Distracted Driving)
      • 8:00-8:25 1st Period
      • 8:30-8:55 2nd Period
      • 9:00-10:03 Chapel Devotional & FADD Presentation
      • Regular Schedule remainder of day
    • Monday, April 10— 7th Grade 5th Period Rotation Change
    • Tuesday, April 11— An Evening at CAC (Partners’ Dinner)
    • Thursday, April 13
      • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in library)
      • 7th & 8th Grade Choir Tour
    • Wednesday, April 19— 6th Grade Leaves for Space Camp
    • Thursday, April 20— Spring Sports Pictures
    • Friday, April 21
      • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 7-9)
      • 10th, 11th, and 12th graders— No School
      • Parade of Dates & JR/SR Banquet
      • 6th Grade Returns from Space Camp
    Big Picture Calendar


    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— J. Wilhite
    • Cafeteria PM— J. Thomas
    • Parking Lot AM— Z. Stewart
    • Parking Lot PM— S. Killgore
    • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
    • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
    • Chapel— K. Allison
    • Detention— A. Diles

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth



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    Check out this hilarious April Fool’s Day Spelling Test!


    Book Recommendation

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    Personal Plug
    This book has been instrumental in shaping my understanding of stewardship and tithing. It has opened up my eyes to see how God is active around me, and it’s caused me to look for ways to “get in the game" rather than be a spectator.


    About the Book (from Amazon)
    Our culture is saturated with false teaching on what it means to be blessed, but what does the Bible say about it? How can we truly live blessed lives? With humor, passion, and clarity, pastor and bestselling author Robert Morris presents the secrets of living a blessed life both financially and spiritually. He shows that when God changes your heart from selfishness to generosity, every part of your life-journey is affected.

    "There is no greater adventure on Earth than simply living the life of generosity and abundance that is available to all of God's people--but so few ever dare to live," says Pastor Robert. "It is a journey of reward. It is the blessed life."

    First published in 2002, this newly revised and expanded edition includes new content from recent sermons, updated illustrations from years of the life-changing impact of its message, and testimonies from people experiencing the blessed life.





    March 31, 2017

    20%

    Right now, we have 35 days of school remaining. Thirty-five. Three-five.

    A school year is 178 days long, and with 35 days remaining, that means we have less than 20% of the year remaining (and for seniors, it’s even less that that!).

    We’re all fully aware of how fast the next few weeks will go and how chaotic they will feel, and I’ve already allowed that to derail me from my mission— developing relationships with kids, showing them Christ, and helping them grow in their spiritual walk. I have 35 days left and am determined to make the most of them.

    I hope you feel the same way and will commit to being all-in for the remaining 19.6% of the school year.

    With only 35 days until the year ends, we have only 35 days left to make a lasting impact in the lives of our students.

    I shared the talk below from Josh Shipp a few weeks ago, but I absolutely love the marble illustration towards the end, and it fits so perfectly with what I want us to focus on as we wrap up the final weeks of school. Let me encourage you to take 4-5 minutes to re-watch Josh's marble illustration and be reminded that with 35 days remaining, we have 7 marbles left in the jar.



    Shout-Outs
    • This was our final round for our Aspire interim assessments before we take the summative assessments in three weeks, and thanks to Carrie Vick and Janice Northen, testing went great! I’m looking forward to seeing the results, watching teachers share the results with students, and working to get them ready for the big test on April 21. They’re going to do great!

    • Yesterday’s small-school band festival was a big success! James Wilhite did a great job organizing the event and giving our students a wonderful opportunity to perform with other students from all over the state. Also, a big thanks goes to Kevin Lloyd and David Mauldin for helping set up the facilities and making sure the band students had everything they needed!

    • The current standings for the CAC March Madness 2017 Tournament Challenge are below. Once again, I didn’t do so great, but congrats to those still in the running. May the odds be ever in your favor.



    Upcoming Events
    • Tuesday, April 4— 6th & 8th Grade Scoliosis, Hearing, and Vision Testing (morning)
    • Wednesday, April 5— World History II Field Trip (all day)
    • Thursday, April 6- Saturday April 8— Lights Up Tour (Memphis)
    • Monday, April 10— Special Assembly: FADD (Families Against Distracted Driving)
      • 8:00-8:25 1st Period
      • 8:30-8:55 2nd Period
      • 9:00-10:03 Chapel Devotional & FADD Presentation
      • Regular Schedule remainder of day
    • Tuesday, April 11— An Evening at CAC (Partners’ Dinner)
    • Thursday, April 13
      • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in library)
      • 7th & 8th Grade Choir Tour
    • Wednesday, April 19— 6th Grade Leaves for Space Camp
    • Thursday, April 20— Spring Sports Pictures
    • Friday, April 21
      • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 7-9)
      • 10th, 11th, and 12th graders— No School
      • Parade of Dates & JR/SR Banquet
      • 6th Grade Returns from Space Camp
    Big Picture Calendar

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— J. Thomas
    • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber
    • Parking Lot AM— J. Teigen
    • Parking Lot PM— D. Sullivan
    • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, & D. Sullivan
    • MS Lunch— C. Sherrill, M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer
    • Chapel— H. Cruce
    • Detention— D. Sullivan

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule


    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth











    See How the Men’s Final Four Court is Made



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    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


    “Staying Organized in your Classroom"

    Book Recommendation


    Collaboration. Empowerment. Student Leadership. These buzz words get a lot of press, but what do they really mean for today's students? Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class? Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often? Won't all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom? Not if you're teaching them to learn like PIRATES!

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    In Learn Like a PIRATE, teachers will discover practical strategies for creating a student-led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience. You'll learn strategies for:
    • Crafting active, relevant, and interesting lessons
    • Creating opportunities for student leadership
    • Providing effective and beneficial feedback
    • Instilling confidence so students can take risks
    • Increasing curiosity and passion for learning

    Incorporate the techniques and strategies Paul Solarz uses in his student-led classroom and watch your students transform into confident, collaborative leaders.


    Email me if you’d like to borrow this book. I have a physical copy and am also able to lend you a Kindle edition.


    March 17, 2017

    This Is Us

    Today, as we wrap up the accreditation site visit, we’ll be given a list of several things we must improve before our next accreditation visit. While it might be uncomfortable to hear some of those suggestions as they will be a reflection on my leadership, I know that’s part of the process and I’m ready for it because I know those suggestions will make us better.

    During this accreditation visit and the weeks leading up to it, I’ve felt like Professor Robert Kelly. If you haven’t seen the video below and his recent experience, I’m so thrilled I get to share this with you. Truly, I’m honored.
    I’ve watched this at least twenty times and it gets better each time. I’ve even read posts that analyze it frame-by-frame and I’ve watched the follow-up interview they did four days later.

    The video truly is a masterpiece… about life— home, church, school, everywhere. In all those areas, we’re trying to do that best we can do, but sometimes life just happens. Not everything goes as perfectly as planned (just ask Andy Stewart about his ELEOT observation!).

    If nothing else, preparing for this accreditation visit and completing the site visit has reminded me we're not perfect— and that’s ok. We’re doing the best we can do, and we are constantly seeking ways to improve.

    Thank you for making CAC great. I’ve been proud to show off and brag on our school this week… even though we’re not perfect (just like the Kelly family).

    Shout-Outs
    • Around 11:00 AM on Sunday, the power went out at school… yet we had a 2:00 PM matinee performance scheduled for The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. The first estimate for power returning was 1:30 PM, but at 1:30 we had no power and then received a new estimate— 6:00 PM (which meant no show for the day). But through it all, Holly Cannon and our kids handled the situation like a champ. Thankfully, an additional performance was able to be added for Tuesday. A HUGE shout-out goes to Holly for the way she handled the situation and worked through it.

    • On Monday, Angie Diles organized a meeting with middle school teachers to plan out an exciting way for all 6th-8th graders to end the year during semester test week. The middle school teachers brainstormed some ideas with Angie leading the charge. I can’t wait to see what happens!

    • We’ve been having some internet, phone, and camera issues that past two weeks, and Karen Sullivan has been working like crazy to get those issues resolved. Thankfully, everything was up and running for our site visit yesterday. We couldn’t have done it without Karen.

    • Either this afternoon, tomorrow, or Tuesday, we have several students and faculty members who will be leaving Arkansas on a school spring break trip. Shout-outs are in order for Miranda Johnson, Jan Penrod, Melissa Leverett, Brittany Arnold, Rachel Brackins, Tommy Shoemaker, Chad Tappe, Keith Almond, and Danny Sullivan for investing their time with our kids over spring break. I hope you all have great trips!

    • We did it! We made it through the site visit. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Upcoming Events
    • Today
      • Accreditation Site Visit
        • 7:00 am Team Breakfast at Secondary Campus
        • 8:00 am Finish ELEOT observations & meet with special groups as determined
        • Noon Working lunch with President and Principal
        • 1:30 pm ERT departs
      • Europe Trip Departs— 5:00 PM
    • Saturday, March 18— Spain Trip Departs (2:30 PM)
    • Monday, March 20- Friday, March 24— Spring Break
    • Tuesday, March 21— Washington, D.C. Trip Departs
    • Friday, March 24— Washington, D.C. Trip Returns
    • Monday, March 27
      • Spain Trip Returns— 8:00 PM
      • Europe Trip Returns— 11:30 PM
    • Thursday, March 30— Small School Band Festival @ CAC (pep assembly bell schedule)
    • Tuesday, April 4— 6th & 8th Grade Scoliosis, Hearing, and Vision Testing (morning)
    • Thursday, April 6- Saturday April 8— Lights Up Tour (Memphis)
    • Tuesday, April 11— An Evening at CAC (Partners’ Dinner)
    • Thursday, April 20— Spring Sports Pictures
    • Friday, April 21
      • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 6-9)
      • JR/SR Banquet
    Big Picture Calendar

    Responsibilities for the Week of March 27-31
    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— Z. Stewart
    • Cafeteria PM— M. Johnson
    • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
    • Parking Lot PM— B. Spencer
    • HS Lunch— B. McNair, J. Gates, & K. Holland
    • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
    • Chapel— K. Quattlebaum
    • Detention— Open (any takers?)

    Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule


    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth










    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


    "Planning for a Substitute Teacher"

    Book Recommendation


    Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything? That’s right… Absolutely everything.

    New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit. The Little Things embodies his own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff". By contrast, Andy proves that it is in concentrating on the smaller things that we add value and margin.



    March 10, 2017



    Most days, it’s fun being an educator. We get to spend each day with kids, challenging them, listening to their goofy stories, watching them grow up, and even giving them advice (occasionally).

    However, some of the not-so-fun times are when rules have been violated and consequences are in order. That’s just not fun to do— neither at school with students nor at home with our own kids. But it’s necessary.

    It’s easy to focus on the rules we want our kids to follow, but without the relationships, they aren’t motivated to follow them. It’s as if some students simply don’t want to do what’s expected… but then there are others who will do everything they can not to let us down.

    And why is that? Relationships. The relationship must come first.

    We have nine more weeks of school to build and nurture the relationships we have with our students— let’s make the most of our time.


    Shout-Outs
    • Our guest speakers in chapel did a wonderful job this week and really connected with our students. A big thanks goes to Miranda Johnson for inviting Scott Dutile and Benjamin Neely to our campus for chapel.

    • It's time for the Seussification of Romeo and Juliet and I can’t wait! Today’s matinee is going to be so much fun, and I know our elementary and middle school students will love the show. A HUGE shout-out goes to Holly Cannon for the countless hours she’s put in to make the show happen. Also, a big thanks goes to Chelsea Baber and her art students for their work on the set and props. Awesome job!


    • Congratulations to Mrs. Quattlebaum and the yearbook staff— the final draft of the yearbook has been submitted to Josten’s for publishing. Yearbooks should be arriving sometime around the last week of April, and they’re going to be great!

    • For the past few weeks after our intercom devotional each Thursday, a majority of the 7th grade class has been running to the gym to play Capture the Flag. A shout-out goes to Bradley Spencer and Blake McNair for supervising the makeshift game and for spending that time with the 7th graders.

    Upcoming Events
    • Wednesday, March 15
      • Family Chapel (moved from Thursday, March 16)
      • Accreditation Site Visit Meeting Secondary Campus (2:30)
    • Thursday, March 16— Accreditation Site Visit (6 Days Away)
      • 7:00 am Continental Breakfast with Faculty and Board-Atrium Secondary Campus
      • 8:00 am ERT Meeting in Team Room
      • 9:00 am ELEOT observations
      • 11:45 am ERT Lunch with Student Council Representatives
      • 1:00 pm ELEOT observations
      • 3:30 pm Group Meetings (faculty, parent, staff, Board)
    • Friday, March 17— Accreditation Site Visit
      • 7:00 am Team Breakfast at Secondary Campus
      • 8:00 am Finish ELEOT observations & meet with special groups as determined
      • Noon Working lunch with President and Principal
      • 1:30 pm ERT departs

    Big Picture Calendar


    *Click here for complete CAC Spring 2017 calendar

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— J. Teigen
    • Cafeteria PM— D. Sullivan
    • Parking Lot AM— B. Spencer
    • Parking Lot PM— T. Shoemaker
    • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
    • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
    • Chapel— J. Wilhite
    • Detention— Admin

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth








    Justin Flom— Entertainment for this year’s “An Evening at CAC"


    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers

    "Making the Most of Your Planning Time"
    Note: the above chapter is a PDF to make it easy to print if you’d like.

    Book Recommendation (currently reading)


    "An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories."

    March 3, 2017

    I’m going to change things up this week, and ask you to watch this 16-minute video. Usually, I share similar videos in the “Resources Worth Checking Out" section of our Friday Thoughts, but I don’t want this one to get buried and overlooked.

    Sometime in the next few days, please watch this and be encouraged by the difference you are already making in a specific student’s life or identify a specific student you want to invest in. It’s easy to look back on the person, aside from family members, who had the most influence in my life when I was a teenager— my youth minister, Ben Neal. The older I get, the more I value what he did for me and the time he sacrificed to invest in my life.

    Just like Ben quickly comes to my mind today, twenty years from now, I hope several students say, “The person who had the most influence in my life is Jordan Collier." I hope several of our students say the same about you. That’s why we do what we do.




    Shout-Outs
    • This year’s college tour was a huge success thanks to Jan Penrod, Kathy Holland, and Chris Morse. During the trip, 20 students visited Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, UT-Arlington, Henderson University, and OBU. As expected, the students and chaperones had a great time!

    • Lights Up and the cast from The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet performed several shows at the Clinton Library for over 800 students from all over state as they celebrated Seuss week! Our kids did a phenomenal job and their audiences had a blast (including my daughter Millie Kate who is pictured below). A huge shout-out goes to Holly Cannon for leading the group. She’s done an amazing job with Lights Up, the spring play, and our drama classes during Jenna Thomas’s absence.

    • This week was another tough one regarding subs— we just have a lot going on! A big thanks goes to everyone who helped cover classes, specifically Chelsea Baber, Zac Stewart, and Miranda Johnson. It goes a long when we have teachers willing to cover for each other. Thank you.

    Upcoming Events

    Big Picture Calendar


    *Click here for complete CAC Spring 2017 calendar

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— A. Almond
    • Cafeteria PM— B. Spencer
    • Parking Lot AM— T. Shoemaker
    • Parking Lot PM— E. Schramm
    • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
    • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
    • Chapel— M. Johnson
    • Detention— J. Wilhite

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth










    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


    Note: the above chapter is a PDF to make it easy to print if you’d like.

    Book Recommendation





    Friday Thoughts— February 17, 2017

    Fun Professional Development

    I’m excited about today. Ever since the first faculty inservice meeting I ever attended, I have always looked forward to inservice, and today is no different. I enjoy stepping back from the daily routine, reconnecting with colleagues, and learning ways to improve. I hope you’re looking forward to today’s time together as well.

    In addition to today’s meetings, next week will be fun for me because I’ll be presenting at and attending the TICAL Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. And yes, I did say fun and professional development in the same sentence!

    I’ve found the key is finding the right PD opportunities. But it’s not always about the PD session topic— it’s also about the other conference attendees. Here’s a trick I learned that may work for you: after introducing yourself to someone in the room, ask two questions— What do you do? and What’s working in your classroom for you right now?

    By asking these two questions, you’ll be able to learn so much! From cool instructional apps to classroom management procedures, effective teachers are often eager to share all of the cool things they have going on. As you listen, take notes, writing down the key ideas and links to check out. By the end of the conference, you’ll have an awesome list of ideas, you will have met some great people, and you will leave fired up and ready for the next day of school. This is how you make PD fun.

    Here are a few other PD tips I’ve picked up along the way:

    • Go with a buddy but don’t attend the same sessions. Split up, meet new people, learn new ideas, and then compare notes at the end.
    • Present a session. You’ll often get a registration discount (half or full), you get twice the PD hours (1 hour presentation = 2 hours PD), and you’ll make it easier for conference attendees to start a conversation with you. Feel uneasy about presenting? Tag-team it with a colleague.
    • You don’t have to follow the conference schedule. Set up your own smaller meetings with other conference attendees. Often times these impromptu meetings end up being the most beneficial.
    • Find a note-taking system that works for you (like Evernote). After the conference, spend some time reviewing your notes and filing them away for future reference.
    • Remember that a conference is about the people not the sessions.
    • Stick around until the end. Several attendees will leave early which improves your chances of winning a door prize.
    • If you select PD opportunities based on how many PD hours you’ll receive, you won’t truly benefit.
    • Twitter is a great way to grow professionally. You won’t get official PD hours, but you’ll learn so much. New to Twitter? Come talk to me and I’ll help you get started. #ARKEDCHAT is a great place to start.
    • Work to find great conferences. I’m not aware of a database listing every excellent PD opportunity, but I am aware of the speakers on the circuit. Email them to find out which conferences are the best. Also, when you’re at a conference, ask other attendees what conferences they recommend. If you look hard enough, you’ll find what you want.
    • Share what you’ve learned. When you hear something great, share it with other teachers (or the entire faculty) when you return. Spread the wealth.

    Professional development should be fun, engaging, and make you more excited about teaching than you were before the conference started. If you come across an opportunity you want to attend because it will help you be a better teacher, share that with us and we’ll see if we can make it work.


    Shout-Outs
    • The re-enrollment deadline was this week, and Lisa Lancaster certainly deserves a shout-out for working like crazy to make sure each student who re-enrolls does it correctly so she can send them a congratulatory email. Awesome job!

    • CAC’s inaugural bowling season wrapped up this week. A HUGE shout-out goes to Jan Penrod for leading the charge. The kids had so much fun this season, and it was a great experience! Having three state-finalists in the first year is pretty impressive! I can’t wait to see how we do next year.

    • Our boys’ basketball season is in the books. A HUGE shout-out goes to Bradley Spencer and Blake McNair for the countless hours they put in this season. They pushed our guys hard, challenged them, and helped them learn to work together through adversity. Coach Spencer and Coach McNair are wonderful role models for their teams and they did a great job this year.

    • It was great so many 8th grade boys had the opportunity to step up and lead chapel this week. A big shout-out goes to Caroline Prestridge for giving students the opportunity, encouraging them to participate, and helping them prepare.

    • A tradition unlike any other— Hush Hearts on Mustang Mountain— was once again a success! A big thanks goes to Melissa Leverett and the STUCO leaders for organizing and encouraging students to participate. Love was truly in the air Monday and Tuesday.

    • With basketball tournaments and sick days, this has been a tough week for Shelby Lillard to get all of our classes covered. She certainly deserves a huge shout for making it happen. Also, thank you to everyone who helped cover a class. I know Miranda Johnson, Zac Stewart, and Chelsea Baber stepped up multiple times to help out, and so did many other teachers. Thank you.

    Upcoming Events
    • Monday, February 20— No School (Presidents Day)
    • Wednesday, February 22— J. Collier at TICAL Conference
    • Thursday, February 23— J. Collier at TICAL Conference
    • Friday, February 24— Lights Up Day Tour (all day)
    • Sunday, February 26- Wednesday, March 1— College Tour
    • Friday, March 3— CFA Leader Academy Session (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Wednesday, March 8— End of 3rd Nine Weeks’ Grading Period (2:00 dismissal day)
    • Thursday, March 9— Grades due by noon
    • Friday, March 10— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet matinee
    • Saturday, March 11— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (7:00 PM)
    • Sunday, March 12— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, March 13— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (7:00 PM)
    • Monday, March 20- Friday, March 24— Spring Break (4 Weeks Away)

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— T. Shoemaker
    • Cafeteria PM— E. Schramm
    • Parking Lot AM— K. Quattlebaum
    • Parking Lot PM— H. Cruce
    • HS Lunch— B. McNair, J. Gates, & K. Holland
    • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
    • Chapel— T. Beach
    • Detention— Admin

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out for Personal and Professional Growth



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    Here’s a great 7-part sermon series about simplifying life from Willow Creek church.


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    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


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    Book Recommendation


    Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels
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    Friday Thoughts— February 10, 2017



    Make The Jump

    How far is the distance between What we are and What we want to be? Whether we’re talking about a particular lesson, a project, a unit, a class, a faculty, a school, a community— any entity, really— I’m guessing the jump isn’t as far as we think. To make the jump, two things are needed:

    1. A clear destination, vision, or goal
    2. Courage

    For me, when I don’t know exactly how I’ll get where I want to be, I sometimes stall and spend my time trying to figure everything out rather than making the jump. Other times, I just jump and figure it out along the way.

    If you’re sitting on an idea you’ve been wanting to try in the classroom, make the jump and figure out the details along the way. I’ll help if I can.

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    The image above is from Austin Kleon’s book Steal Like an Artist— a must-read for educators. Check it out when you have some time. It’s a short book packed with insight.

    Shout-Outs
    • This past weekend, Mustang Mountain hosted a pretty big state wrestling tournament. Keith and Angela Almond organized the event and it went very smoothly. A big thanks goes to Chris Morse who helped immensely— constantly emptying trash cans, restocking the restrooms, and making the gym (and our school) look good.

    • On Tuesday, with the help of a few parent volunteers, the 7th graders feasted in the atrium as they learned about the customs and culture of ancient civilizations with Zac Stewart in their Geography classes. The kids had a great time, and the parents really enjoyed getting to participate in such a fun event.

    • I stopped by Ashley Jamison’s room between 6th & 7th period because when I walked by, I saw six Spanish II students standing in a single file line, eager to get into the classroom, and I could see that all of the other students were in their seats. When the final student in line walked in, he grabbed a packet and stayed at the front of the room to help two other students get the class started on their bellwork— singing devotional songs in Spanish. It was increíble! If you need some classroom management ideas for bell ringers or student leadership, talk to Ashley or visit her class sometime.

    • Yesterday’s Choirpalooza was a success! Our 6th, 7th, 8th, and HS choirs all met with and performed for an assessor, and our students rocked it. A big thanks goes to Tori Beach and Janice Northen for setting up the day, and also a thanks goes to the middle school teachers whose classes were affected with the schedule changes.

    • Last week, Tamara Hodges’ 6th graders teamed up with Lynnette Noble’s senior history classes to complete a web quest about the development and history of China. In 6th grade, students were learning about ancient China, and in the senior classes, students were learning about Modern China. The collaboration between teachers and students went beautifully as students worked together to navigate through their quests. Awesome job!


    Upcoming Events
    • Today— CFA Leader Academy Session (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Saturday, February 11— ACT Testing Day
    • Monday, February 13— 5th Period Rotation Change for 7th Grade Students (click here for rosters)
    • Thursday, February 16— Family Chapel
    • Sunday, February 26- Wednesday, March 1— College Tour
    • Friday, March 3— CFA Leader Academy Session (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Wednesday, March 8— End of 3rd Nine Weeks’ Grading Period (2:00 dismissal day)
    • Thursday, March 9— Grades due by noon
    • Friday, March 10— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet matinee
    • Saturday, March 11— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (7:00 PM)
    • Sunday, March 12— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, March 13— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (7:00 PM)
    • Monday, March 20- Friday, March 24— Spring Break (5 Weeks Away)

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— E. Schramm
    • Cafeteria PM— B. McNair
    • Parking Lot AM— C. Morse
    • Parking Lot PM— C. Prestridge
    • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
    • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
    • Chapel— C. Prestridge
    • Detention— M. Leverett

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out for Personal and Professional Growth



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    Here’s a great 3-part sermon series about money from Willow Creek church.


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    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


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    Book Recommendation

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    Friday Thoughts— February 3, 2017


    My Why

    God’s timing is indeed good. This has been a challenging week for me, and yesterday I had the privilege of eating lunch with one of our seniors who is interested in pursuing a career in education. She had asked me a couple of weeks ago if she could interview me, so we met yesterday. I needed that conversation. I needed the reminder. I needed to remember my why.

    Student: Why did you choose education for a career?

    Me: I always knew I wanted to spend my time working with young people— either as a youth minister or a teacher. The biggest influences in my life (outside of my mom and grandparents) were teachers, coaches, and youth ministers, and I want to be that same kind of difference maker in someone else’s life.

    Student: Why did you choose to teach English?

    Me: Originally, I wanted to be a PE teacher and coach football. During my freshman year of college, I discovered I was more interested in reading British literature and diagramming sentences than I was in learning about the muscular system and identifying every bone in the human body. I did get to do the coaching thing for two years after college, but because of the time commitment, I realized coaches have to absolutely LOVE it, and I just didn’t have that at the time. That’s why I have so much respect now for coaches. I understand they invest so much time outside of the classroom and, as a result, they’re able to be a tremendous influence in the lives of their players.

    Student: When you interview someone for a position, what are you looking for or what do you think other principals are looking for?

    Me: When a candidate applies and we schedule an interview, I already know the candidate has the necessary qualifications. I’m more interested in learning if the candidate will fit in our culture. What’s on paper is important, but whether they’ll be able to connect with our students, our community, and our culture is critical. I also want to learn if that person will make our school better. Other principals are most likely looking for the same thing— will you fit in? Will you raise the bar? As you look for a position, do your homework. Learn about what the school is truly about, and if it’s a fit for you, be sure to focus on that during the interview.

    Student: Do you have any other advice for me?

    Me:

    1. Do you what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. I love coming to school every day. That matters.

    2. Learn to be content by defining your “enough." If you’re not careful, you’ll always think, “When I _____… then I will ____…" and you’ll never be content. Defining your “enough" will help you make wise decisions.

    Student: Final question— I want to read a book a month to help me grow. Where should I start?

    Me: This could take a while! Let’s start with The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews.

    I needed to have this conversation this week. I needed to be reminded. I needed to remember my why. God’s timing is good.


    *By the way, this is not an actual transcript. I didn’t write everything down word-for-word nor did I record the conversation. That would have been weird.

    Shout-Outs
    • Sunday’s Honors Induction Ceremony went great! In all, 120 students were inducted into NJHS, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, and/or Beta Club. A big thanks goes to Jan Penrod, Sonya Gates, Carrie Vick, and Kathy Holland for organizing and running the ceremony. Awesome job!

    • Wednesday’s Africa Reads Mustangs Missions Spirit Day raised $650 that will go towards purchasing books. That’s awesome! A big thanks goes to Angie Diles for leading the charge and making us aware of the amazing work Africa Reads is doing.

    • Yesterday’s Drama Club trip to see “Sister Act" followed by the joint workshop with students from Mena High School was a huge success! Jenna Thomas and Holly Cannon provided our students with some great learning opportunities yesterday, and they all had a great time.

    • Yesterday’s 8th grade Reality Fair was a great reality check for several of our students. TruService provides a great experience for our students to get a glimpse into the real world. A big thanks goes to Jan Penrod, Caroline Prestridge, Sonya Gates, Terri Dodd, James Wilhite, Carrie Vick, and Rachel Brackens for their helping with the event.


    Upcoming Events
    • Today— Aspire Interim Test II Completion Date (6-9; ENG, READ, SCI, MA); Click here for information
    • Thursday, February 9
      • Choirpalooza Day (grades 6-8)
      • College Tour Meeting during intercom chapel
    • Friday, February 10— CFA Leader Academy Session (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Saturday, February 11— ACT Testing Day
    • Monday, February 13— 5th Period Rotation Change for 7th Grade Students (click here for rosters)
    • Sunday, February 26- Wednesday, March 1— College Tour
    • Friday, March 3— CFA Leader Academy Session (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Wednesday, March 8— End of 3rd Nine Weeks’ Grading Period (2:00 dismissal day)
    • Thursday, March 9— Grades due by noon
    • Friday, March 10— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet matinee
    • Saturday, March 11— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (7:00 PM)
    • Sunday, March 12— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, March 13— The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (7:00 PM)
    • Monday, March 20- Friday, March 24— Spring Break (6 Weeks Away)

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— K. Quattlebaum
    • Cafeteria PM— C. Morse
    • Parking Lot AM— C. Prestridge
    • Parking Lot PM— L. Noble
    • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, & T. Shoemaker
    • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, J. Thomas, & J. Wilhite
    • Chapel— C. Morse
    • Detention— T. Shoemaker

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out for Personal and Professional Growth


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    Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace


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    Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


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    Book Recommendation


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    Friday Thoughts— January 27, 2017

    Their Words, Not Mine
    We had two big events on Mustang Mountain this week— the 5th Grade Great Adventure and our Middle School Open House last night. Both events are so much fun because we get the chance to show off our school and let people see what we do on a daily basis.

    Each year when we sit down to work on the event schedules, it’s evident that no amount of planning will compare with hearing what parents, students, and alumni will say when they share their perspectives. Of course I’m going to say positive things about our school, but when others say positive things, it means so much more.

    During our 5th Grade Great Adventure on Wednesday, our guests heard from a middle school parent and then had a discussion with our STUCO panel. Then at our Open House last night, we heard from three parents, three students, and we also FaceTimed with two of our recent graduates— Lynley Childress and Caroline Leverett. That’s right, with a choir room full of Open House guests, we FaceTimed LIVE with Lynley and Caroline from their Lipscomb University dorm room. It was awesome and they did a great job!

    As each parent and student spoke, every single person mentioned the one key strength of our school— relationships. Students mentioned relationships with teachers and other students. Parents mentioned relationships with teachers and with other parents. And our two college representatives focused on the relationships they built on our campus with their teachers and their friends.

    The fabric of our school is the relationships we build. That’s why I love the first part of our mission statement because it calls us all to the point of what we’re about— partnering with parents to help educate students. And that means developing relationships. Relationships with parents and relationships with students. Those are the things that will last, and they’re the things people love the most about us.

    We certainly don’t get everything right on Mustang Mountain, but based on what we heard this week, we’re getting the right stuff right.


    Shout-Outs
    • Karen has done a tremendous job this week as we’ve navigated and learned more about our server issues. I can’t thank her enough for her efforts in getting us back up and running. If you haven’t thanked her (and I know many of you have been all week!), be sure to do so.

    • On Saturday, Tori Beach led our HS Choir to sing the National Anthem at the Memphis Grizzlies game. Our kids did a tremendous job! If you haven’t heard our performance, click the image below for a portion of it. It was a great night and an experience all of our kids will remember! Awesome job.


    • This year’s 5th Grade Great Adventure was a huge success thanks to our STUCO members, Melissa Leverett, Jimmy Teigen, Tamara Hodges, Kassandra Allison, and Danny Sullivan. It’s such a fun day and one our elementary students look forward to. Let’s do it again next year!

    • Last night’s Middle School Open House had a much bigger turnout than expected. In fact, we ran out seats and had to set up quite a few more chairs! A big thanks to Rachel Brackens, Jimmy Teigen, Tamara Hodges, Christy Sherrill, Angie Diles, and Caroline Prestridge for helping with the night.

    • Our first 8th grade college tour was really great yesterday! Jan Penrod, Carrie Vick, Miranda Johnson, Caroline Prestridge, Christy Sherrill, and James Wilhite led all of 70 of our 8th graders on an admissions tour of UA Little Rock (formerly UALR). It was a great experience for our students to help get them thinking about college, and they did a tremendous job. We were very proud of them.

    • We ran into a mini P: drive crisis yesterday as we couldn’t print the Honor Society Induction Ceremony certificates or programs for Sunday’s ceremony. With some creative thinking, Sonya Gates, Jan Penrod, and Carrie Vick were able to create a different way to print the certificates and have them ready for the ceremony.

    • Мы сделали это через наш второй пятидневной рабочей недели семестра. Путь пойти! (Click here to translate)

    Upcoming Events

    • Today
      • Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Session (7:30-8:45)
      • Honor Society Induction Ceremony practice after chapel (students will miss part of 3rd period)








    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— S. Quattlebaum
    • Cafeteria PM— C. Prestridge
    • Parking Lot AM— L. Noble
    • Parking Lot PM— H. Cruce
    • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, C. Sherrill, & D. Sullivan
    • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer
    • Chapel— Z. Stewart
    • Detention— C. Sherrill

    *Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

    Resources Worth Checking Out for Personal and Professional Growth


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    Video based on Andy Andrew’s book How Do You Kill Eleven Million People?

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    Mike Rowe, Girl Scout Cookies, and the Truth in Advertising

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    Book Recommendation (this is the book our football coaches are currently studying— it’s great!)

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    Friday Thoughts— January 20, 2017

    The Baseball Hall of Fame



    On Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) published the list of players who have been chosen for the 2017 Hall of Fame induction class. Each year the voting causes controversy and discussion in the sports world, especially regarding players involved in the steroid era of baseball. Should Barry Bonds be voted in? What about Roger Clemens? Sammy Sosa?

    Certainly, from a numbers perspective, all three of these players are deserving of the HOF honor.
    • Barry Bonds hit a major league record 762 home runs in his career and holds the single-season home run record with 73.
    • Roger Clemens won a record 7 Cy Young awards (given to the league's best pitcher) and won 354 games over a 24-year career.
    • Sammy Sosa hit 609 career home runs and had a 4-year stretch of hitting more than 61 homers per season. (Roger Maris held the major league record for home runs in a season at 61 until it was broken in the 1998 season by Mark McGwire, who is also not a member of the HOF due to steroid use.)

    So why haven’t these three players been selected to the Hall of Fame? It’s not because of the results; it’s because of the process.

    They cheated.

    They focused so much on the results, they were willing to do anything in the process. And it cost them.

    I cringe when students focus solely on class rank, GPA, ACT scores, and honors because those things are results and often times out of their control.

    Instead, I try to help students understand that they are the result of a sound practices like
    • Developing good study habits
    • Paying attention in class
    • Taking comprehensive notes
    • Staying organized
    • Working extra when things are difficult
    • Asking for help
    • Balancing academic life and social life
    • Reading for pleasure (not just for school)

    It’s our responsibility to teach our students to focus on the things they can control and to trust the process. If so, the results will take care of themselves.

    Had Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa learned those lessons, they might all have a plaque hanging in Cooperstown. Maybe. Maybe not. Let the debate begin.


    Shout-Outs
    • Even though we didn’t have school on Monday, our football coaches invited a coach to spend the day with them talking about team building and X’s and O’s. On top of that, the entire coaching staff is currently reading Above the Line by Urban Meyer and meeting weekly to discuss a couple of chapters to help them grow as a staff and a more unified football team. A big shout-out goes to Tommy Shoemaker for his leadership and to Chris Morse, Hayden Cruce, Jordan Watson, & Zac Stewart. They do an amazing job and I can’t wait to see how this book strengthens the culture of the team.

    • Richard Burton made it back safely from Myanmar which is great. He did some amazing things and had a great time— but that’s not the most shout-out worthy thing he did this week. No, he deserves a HUGE shout-out for two words: manual flushing. Thanks, Richard.

    • We’re rocking and rolling with our Aspire Interim II testing. For this go-round, we’re doing the testing a little bit different than usual (I believe that’s called “action research" in the eduction realm), so there have been a few hurdles along the way. However, everyone has been really patient and accommodating as needed. A big thanks to Carrie Vick and Janice Northen for making it all run, and also to Karen Sullivan for having our computers up-to-date with the TestNav software. Also, thanks to Sheila Killgore, Kassandra Allison, Brittany Arnold, Angie Diles, and Hayden Cruce for their patience as we iron out the kinks.

    • I’ve received family chapel discussion notes from several teachers already, and it’s exactly the kind of the things we’re looking for. I’ve heard many positive stories from the discussion, and it seems like it went very well. Thank you so much for spending the time listening to our students’ concerns and sharing them with us. I hope the time was beneficial for you.


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    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— C. Prestridge
    • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
    • Parking Lot AM— J. Teigen
    • Parking Lot PM— C. Morse
    • HS Lunch— B. McNair, J. Gates, & K. Holland
    • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
    • Chapel— A. Diles
    • Detention— C. Morse

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    Friday Thoughts— December 16, 2016

    Building Houses

    A friend recently recommended a book to me— Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf— and I want to share a brief story that really hit home for me, and it’s one I want to remember as we finish this semester and begin a new one.

    [Akira took John aside and told him] in Japan they have a deep love of architecture, and there once was a man named Kota who built some of the finest houses in all of Tokyo. His work became world famous due to his dedication to the process, his willingness to beat on his craft, and his relentless devotion to keep learning, even late into his career.

    Eventually though, Kota grew tired of building homes for other people and he was ready to retire. He had been building homes for over thirty years, and he was ready to move on. He wanted to travel and spend lots of time with his grandkids.

    One day, Kota approached his boss, and turned in his two-week notice.

    His boss said, “Kota, we are forever indebted to you for the magnificent work you have done for our company, and we are so grateful you have worked for us for so long. We do have one favor to ask of you though. Could you please build one more house? It is a very important house, for a very important client, and everyone in the company agreed it needs your magic touch!"

    Kota was frustrated. He would have to cancel two trips and postpone his new life, all for one house. He told his boss that he needed a day to think about it. After talking it over with his wife, he gave in and decided he would build one more house. But he told his boss, “This is the very last one!"

    But while Kota had agreed with his head to build this last house, his heart was no longer in it. He had always been very hands-on through the entire building process, always selecting the finest materials by hand and making sure every detail was diligently tended to.

    But this house was different.

    He viewed it more as an
    obligation than an opportunity. He delegated much of the work, and consequently a lot of things started slipping through the cracks. The house would be up to code, but as it started to come together, it was obvious that it lacked the “wow" factor that Kota’s other homes were known for.

    Kota knew in his heart that this was far from his best work, but he was over it and ready to move on to the next phase of his life. The next phase was much more appealing and important to him than the present phase.

    After four months had passed, Kota finally finished the house.

    He went back to his boss, telling him, “I did what you asked. Now I am asking, one last time, for your blessing to retire."

    His boss said, “Thank you Kota! We just have one more thing!"

    Now Kota was beginning to get really upset because he thought they were going to ask him to build another house.

    His boss reached into his desk and pulled out a very small black box with a red ribbon tied around it. He handed the box to Kota, and said, “We are so grateful for you, Kota. This gift is a token of our appreciation."

    Kota pulled the ribbon, opening the box to discover a set of shiny new keys. His boss smiled, “The house is yours! You deserve it!"

    Immediately, his heart sank. Unbeknownst to Kota, the whole time he had been building his own house. If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have cared so much more. He would have only used the finest materials, and he would have overseen every detail and given it his all like he had always done. But now, it was too late.

    Akira looked at John and said, “The only thing that is truly significant about today, or any other day, is who you become in the process. Each of us are building our own house. Sometimes you might think you are building for your school, your family, your company, or your team, but you are always building your own house… I hope you build wisely."

    The story hit home for John and he really started to think deeply about his own life. He sat in silent contemplation while wondering if he had been building his house wisely.


    *Medcalf, Joshua. Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall In Love With the Process of Becoming Great (pp. 4-6). Lulu Publishing Services. Kindle Edition.

    Shout-Outs
    • Sunday’s Mustang Christmas couldn’t have gone better. It’s such a great Mustang Missions event, and our students showed up ready to serve. A big thanks goes to Danny Sullivan, Jan Penrod, and Kathy Holland for leading the charge and for making it a special day for everyone involved.

    • Monday’s Choir Tour went very well and it was great that our students had the opportunity to sing at both elementary campuses, the airport, Briarwood Nursing Home, and Presbyterian Village. A big shout-out goes to Tori Beach for leading our choir to be such great performers. Also, thanks to Bradley Spencer for driving the bus for them (as you might imagine, driving a bus at the airport is no small task).

    • Track Attack Shout #1— Both days of Track Attack went very smoothly. Tuesday’s dodgeball tournament was really fun (except for our team losing), and I loved seeing so many teachers involved and having fun with our students. It’s important they see us in a different light, and the dodgeball tournament certainly provides that opportunity. A big thanks to everyone who helped serve food, monitor students, and participate in the dodgeball chaos.

    • Track Attack Shout-Out #2— Wednesday’s Elementary Track Attack couldn’t have happened without Jordan Watson, Keith Almond, Chelsea Baber, Melissa Leverett, James Wilhite, Sonya Gates, Lisa Lancaster, and Chad Tappe. I love having all of our elementary students here on campus, and they love being here even more!

    • Track Attack Shout-Out #3— I made a HUGE mistake on Wednesday with Elementary Track Attack! Long story short, both gyms were being used without an alternative plan for 6th grade PE. On top of that, Blake McNair had an observation scheduled with his professor! Thankfully (and here’s where the shout-out comes in), Kassandra Allison, Jimmy Teigen, Tamara Hodges, Bradley Spencer, and Blake McNair all were willing, at the last minute, to swap 3rd and 4th periods so that the gym would be available for PE. Everything worked out great. The students were able to have PE, Coach McNair completed his observations, and no classes were missed. I’m so thankful it all worked out!

    • I heard from a few teachers who took The Teacher Report Card challenge from last week. Asking students for honest feedback is risky, so well done! I hope you’re able to learn from their perspectives and to grow from asking them for feedback. It’s not too late if you’d like to do it as well. (Also, it’s not too late to provide me some feedback if you’d like.)

    Upcoming Events

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week B
    • Cafeteria AM— C. Morse
    • Cafeteria PM— C. Sherrill
    • Parking Lot AM— M. Leverett
    • Parking Lot PM— M. Johnson
    • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, C. Sherrill, & D. Sullivan
    • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer
    • Chapel— Admin
    • Detention— Admin


    Resources Worth Checking Out

    Ever been asked, “When are we ever going to use this in real life?" by a student? Here’s a great response.

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    Great suggestions for technology use in the classroom!

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    Check out the new 1600 app from The White House— my kids thought loved it!

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    Boy’s rare sight condition inspires ‘Buy Sight, Give Sight’ eyewear company


    Upcoming Free Goal-Setting Webinar from Michael Hyatt

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    Book Recommendation

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    Friday Thoughts— December 9, 2016

    The Teacher Report Card

    In an episode of the Better Leaders, Better Schools podcast titled “Learning by Doing," Daniel Bauer interviews Don Wettrick, the Innovation Coordinator at Noblesville High School (which is just outside of Indianapolis, IN). For the past few years, Don has been teaching a nontraditional class modeled after Google’s Genius Hour and has written a book about his experiences.

    The interview is full of great ideas such as best practices for an innovative classroom, student project ideas, obstacles to expect from the traditional education paradigm, and great books and resources all educators should check out. My biggest takeaway, though, is that at least twice a year, Don has his students grade him. One of the questions he includes on his semester final is

    “What am I doing wrong?"

    and his students are brutally honest and he wants them to be. He says, “By the end of the semester, they know that they’re not working for me— I’m working for them. And when I’m not serving my customer base correctly, I want to know. And I actually like criticism because I know it’s aimed to make me better."

    Because next week is semester tests, this idea really hit home for me and perhaps it does for you as well.

    What if we all asked our students
    to grade how we’re doing?

    Educational author and speaker (and former school principal) Todd Whitaker offers these teacher report card suggestions in his book The Ten-Minute Inservice:
    • Does my teacher care about me as a person?
    • Does my teacher hold me accountable for my actions?
    • Does my teacher do his/her best to make class interesting?
    • Does my teacher help me when I am struggling?
    • Is this class interesting? If not, what could my teacher do to make this class more interesting?
    • Does my teacher allow me to actively participate in lessons?
    • Does my teacher treat me with respect?
    • Do I feel successful in this class? If not, what could my teacher do to help me become more successful?
    • Does my teacher enjoy teaching?
    • Is my teacher a good role model for me?
    • One thing I really like about this class is ___________________.
    • One thing I do not like about this class is __________________.
    • If I could change one thing about this class, it would be _________________.

    If you’re brave enough, I’d like to encourage you to get some feedback from students, to invite criticism, and to find ways to make next semester better. Feel free to use some or all of the questions above or create your own. But let me offer this warning: students will be brutally honest (but really that’s the only kind of feedback worth listening to!).

    I’ll go first and ask you to provide me with some feedback.


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    Shout-Outs
    • On Monday, Mike and Becky Harris led our 6th grade students through a traditional Jewish passover ceremony. For many of our students (and even teachers) it was a first-time experience and certainly one that will be remembered. A shout-out goes to Tamara Hodges for arranging the ceremony, and thanks to Tori Beach for providing her room.


    • "A Christmas Carol— The Musical" is in the books, and what an awesome show it was! I’m so proud of our faculty and students for the countless hours they invested in the production. A HUUUUGGGEEE shoutout goes to both Jenna Thomas for directing the play and to Doug Killgore for being Scrooge. Also, a big thanks goes to Angie Diles for her work with the costumes and Chelsea Baber for helping with the set and artwork. Also deserving of shout-outs for their numerous hours of work are Chad Tappe, Tori Beach, James Wilhite, Ian Thomas, and to the monks.

    • We successfully made it through another day of winter sports/club picture day. Kristy Quattlebaum did an outstanding job getting all of our students through the process and we finished ahead of schedule. A big thanks to her and for everyone’s cooperation throughout the day.

    • Sunday's Mustang Christmas is going to be great thanks to the planning and work done by Kathy Holland, Jan Penrod, and Danny Sullivan. I’m excited that so many of our seniors have signed up to go and that our other students have brought their gifts. The best part, it’s for the Father! Awesome job.

    • Over the past couple of weeks, our middle school English, math, science, and history classes have all been using our recent Aspire interim data to drive instruction. This week, Miranda Johnson experimented with our Chromebooks and an Aspire Classroom test (which we haven’t used before). The lesson went great, and according to her post-assessment, students did begin to understand and utilize the reading strategies taught in class. In Zac Stewart’s Arkansas History class, students worked on reading comprehension skills using an article on the Arkansans’ involvement in World War I. I’m looking forward to seeing many different ways we can use the Aspire data to help drive our instruction.


    • This was a busy week for students and field trips/athletic trips, and thanks to Kevin Lloyd, the buses were ready to go. Just this week, Jason Gates took a group of students to UAMS, Jenna Thomas took the Drama Club to The Rep, and today Jimmy Teigen and Kassandra Allison will be taking a majority of our 6th graders to see The Nutcracker. These are awesome learning opportunities for our students, and I’m glad we’re able to offer them.

    • Our newest club— The Chess Club— is off to a great start thanks to Ian Thomas! Students are really excited to be part of the club, and Mr. Thomas has done a great job teaching them and getting them involved. Next time the club meets, be sure to stop by the library— you’ll be impressed.

    Upcoming Events
    • Today— 6th Grade (48 students) to see “The Nutcracker" at Robinson Theater (8:45-2:00)
    • Monday, Dec. 12
      • HS Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
      • Behavioral Therapist Scott Loye's Special Presentation— “Raising Children in Today’s World" (7:00 PM)
    • Tuesday, Dec. 13
      • Track Attack/Dodgeball Tournament (click here for adjusted bell schedule)
      • Behavioral Therapist Scott Loye's Special Presentation— “Raising Children in Today’s World" (7:00 PM)

    Responsibilities for Next Week
    Week A
    • Cafeteria AM— C. Sherrill
    • Cafeteria PM— M. Leverett
    • Parking Lot AM— M. Johnson
    • Parking Lot PM— C. Baber
    • HS Lunch— J. Gates & K. Holland
    • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
    • Chapel— E. Schramm
    • Detention— J. Thomas


    Resources Worth Checking Out

    This will make you think!

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    Check out these video stories from I Like Giving

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    Check out these giving stories on from I Like Giving

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    I Like Giving author Brad Formsma Sermon at Mariners Church

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    Upcoming Free Goal-Setting Webinar from Michael Hyatt

    (click image to view details and register for one of the six free live sessions)


    Book Recommendation

    I love this book! Click here to read my highlighted text passages and key takeaways.

    "Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God."- Bob Pierce