CAC Friday Thoughts

Exulting in Monotony (Dec. 2, 2016)

Exulting in Monotony
I loved the thought Ian Thomas shared in chapel this week about exulting in monotony. Ive read the quote below quite a few times since Tuesday’s chapel because there’s so much truth in it.

"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."

-G.K. Chesterton

I wish each day I had the spirit of exulting in the monotony, but I know I don’t. The school day, the school week, the school year— they’re all so cyclical that it becomes monotonous. But what if I were to approach each day with a child's “Do it again" attitude, how much better would it be?

What if we all approached each day that way? That’s a powerful thought, and one I hope we all consider.


Shout-Outs

  • Congratulations to Bradley Spencer & Steve Quattlebaum for recently joining the esteemed CDL club. The two have been practicing for their test and went to Newport with Jason Gates over the break to complete the process. Great job!

  • The varsity football season officially came to close the Friday before the break. We had a great season and I’m both proud and thankful for our coaches and the impact they have our students. Tommy Shoemaker, Hayden Cruce, Chris Morse, Jordan Watson, Zac Stewart, and Traci Byrd all have earned HUGE shout-outs for their time, energy, and the example they provide for our students. Awesome job!

  • We’re off to a great start with this year’s Mustang Christmas Kickoff thanks to Kathy Holland and Danny Sullivan. It’s so great to know our students are all on board and want to serve during this mission project. Mustang Christmas is going to be a great event!

  • Yesterday, Kassandra Allison, Stuart Cash, and our 6th Grade Class Officers spent the afternoon at the Stewpot to deliver socks from our Socktoberfest Mustang Mission project. Our students had a great time and it’s such an amazing opportunity for them to serve and be part of such a major project.


  • Thanks to Karen Sullivan, our Chromebooks are now ACT Aspire compatible— and that’s a pretty big deal! This is going to help tremendously with the administering of the Aspire tests, and it will also give classroom teachers a chance to be more involved in the testing process.

  • Yesterday, Lynnette Noble’s Civics classes spent the day at the Justice Building and the Capital. It was a great field trip and students were able to see firsthand the inner workings of our government. Lynnette planned a great trip, and a special thanks goes to Danny Sullivan and Jason Gates for helping chaperone/driving a bus.



  • We had several instances this week where we needed someone to cover a class, and I really appreciate everyone who stepped up to help. Thank you.


Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (8:30-11:00)
    • Chapel in gym
  • Saturday, Dec. 3— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Sunday, Dec. 4— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (2:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Monday, Dec. 5— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6
    • Winter Sports Team Pictures
    • A&P / AP Bio Field Trip (9:00-1:50)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in Library)
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day (pajamas)— $2 or more
  • Thursday, Dec. 8— Drama Club Field Trip to see “A Christmas Story" at the Rep (9:40-2:00)
  • Friday, Dec. 9— 6th Grade (40 students) to see “The Nutcracker" at Robinson Theater (10:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10— ACT Testing Day
  • Sunday, Dec. 11— Mustang Christmas
  • Monday, Dec. 12— HS Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13— Track Attack/Dodgeball Tournament (11:45-end of the day)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Elementary Track Attack in both gyms (all day)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Band Christmas Tour (9:30-2:00)
  • Sunday, Dec. 18
    • Art Show with light refreshments (1:00-2:00 PM)
    • Band & Choir Combined Christmas Concert (2:00 PM in the gym)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • 4th & 7th Period HS Semester Tests (see complete schedule here)
    • Faculty/Staff dismissed at 2:00; Grades should be finalized before leaving
  • Thursday, Dec. 22- Tuesday, Jan. 3— Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4— First Day of Spring Semester


Responsibilities for Week of Dec. 5
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— M. Leverett
  • Cafeteria PM— M. Johnson
  • Parking Lot AM— H. Cruce
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Jamison
  • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
  • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
  • Chapel— L. Noble
  • Detention— H. Cruce


Resources Worth Checking Out

Here’s a short (13-page) PDF from the authors of Made to Stick. Check it out!


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Interesting Article


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Dad attempts to copy daughter’s gymnastics




Coming Home for Christmas | Heathrow Airport


David Blaine Shocks Jimmy & The Roots with Magic Tricks





Book Recommendation

Friday Thoughts— December 2, 2016

Exulting in Monotony
I loved the thought Ian Thomas shared in chapel this week about exulting in monotony. Ive read the quote below quite a few times since Tuesday’s chapel because there’s so much truth in it.

"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."

-G.K. Chesterton

I wish each day I had the spirit of exulting in the monotony, but I know I don’t. The school day, the school week, the school year— they’re all so cyclical that it becomes monotonous. But what if I were to approach each day with a child's “Do it again" attitude, how much better would it be?

What if we all approached each day that way? That’s a powerful thought, and one I hope we all consider.


Shout-Outs

  • Congratulations to Bradley Spencer & Steve Quattlebaum for recently joining the esteemed CDL club. The two have been practicing for their test and went to Newport with Jason Gates over the break to complete the process. Great job!

  • The varsity football season officially came to close the Friday before the break. We had a great season and I’m both proud and thankful for our coaches and the impact they have our students. Tommy Shoemaker, Hayden Cruce, Chris Morse, Jordan Watson, Zac Stewart, and Traci Byrd all have earned HUGE shout-outs for their time, energy, and the example they provide for our students. Awesome job!

  • We’re off to a great start with this year’s Mustang Christmas Kickoff thanks to Kathy Holland and Danny Sullivan. It’s so great to know our students are all on board and want to serve during this mission project. Mustang Christmas is going to be a great event!

  • Yesterday, Kassandra Allison, Stuart Cash, and our 6th Grade Class Officers spent the afternoon at the Stewpot to deliver socks from our Socktoberfest Mustang Mission project. Our students had a great time and it’s such an amazing opportunity for them to serve and be part of such a major project.


  • Thanks to Karen Sullivan, our Chromebooks are now ACT Aspire compatible— and that’s a pretty big deal! This is going to help tremendously with the administering of the Aspire tests, and it will also give classroom teachers a chance to be more involved in the testing process.

  • Yesterday, Lynnette Noble’s Civics classes spent the day at the Justice Building and the Capital. It was a great field trip and students were able to see firsthand the inner workings of our government. Lynnette planned a great trip, and a special thanks goes to Danny Sullivan and Jason Gates for helping chaperone/driving a bus.



  • We had several instances this week where we needed someone to cover a class, and I really appreciate everyone who stepped up to help. Thank you.


Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (8:30-11:00)
    • Chapel in gym
  • Saturday, Dec. 3— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Sunday, Dec. 4— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (2:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Monday, Dec. 5— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6
    • Winter Sports Team Pictures
    • A&P / AP Bio Field Trip (9:00-1:50)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in Library)
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day (pajamas)— $2 or more
  • Thursday, Dec. 8— Drama Club Field Trip to see “A Christmas Story" at the Rep (9:40-2:00)
  • Friday, Dec. 9— 6th Grade (40 students) to see “The Nutcracker" at Robinson Theater (10:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10— ACT Testing Day
  • Sunday, Dec. 11— Mustang Christmas
  • Monday, Dec. 12— HS Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13— Track Attack/Dodgeball Tournament (11:45-end of the day)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Elementary Track Attack in both gyms (all day)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Band Christmas Tour (9:30-2:00)
  • Sunday, Dec. 18
    • Art Show with light refreshments (1:00-2:00 PM)
    • Band & Choir Combined Christmas Concert (2:00 PM in the gym)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • 4th & 7th Period HS Semester Tests (see complete schedule here)
    • Faculty/Staff dismissed at 2:00; Grades should be finalized before leaving
  • Thursday, Dec. 22- Tuesday, Jan. 3— Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4— First Day of Spring Semester


Responsibilities for Week of Dec. 5
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— M. Leverett
  • Cafeteria PM— M. Johnson
  • Parking Lot AM— H. Cruce
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Jamison
  • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
  • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
  • Chapel— L. Noble
  • Detention— H. Cruce


Resources Worth Checking Out

Here’s a short (13-page) PDF from the authors of Made to Stick. Check it out!


(click image to read and/or download PDF)


Interesting Article


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Dad attempts to copy daughter’s gymnastics

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Coming Home for Christmas | Heathrow Airport

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David Blaine Shocks Jimmy & The Roots with Magic Tricks

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Book Recommendation

Friday Thoughts— November 18, 2016


Our New Trampoline

With the weather being so nice lately, the Collier kids got an early Christmas present from their Nana and Paw on Saturday— a trampoline. The boys and I spent a few hours assembling it Sunday afternoon, and then all the kids (and I) jumped for a couple of hours that evening.

The next morning, they woke up early, got dressed (including hats and gloves), ate breakfast, and put in a good 20 minutes of jumping before school. After school, they put in another hour or two.

They did the same thing Tuesday. And Wednesday. And Thursday. (And probably this morning.)

This new trampoline addiction won’t last forever, but it’s clear by their actions that they absolutely love the trampoline and they’re thankful for it. And that’s a great analogy for where we are in the school year. (If you know me at all, you can probably see where I’m going here.)

Back in August, most of us couldn’t wait for school to start (really, I couldn’t even wait for inservice to start!). For the first few weeks of school, each day many of us woke up early and felt that same way my kids are feeling about their trampoline right now— we couldn’t wait to get to school and have fun.

However, as the weeks have gone by, that excitement has faded for me and it may have for you as well (the routine and daily grind tends to do that). I’m thankful for a week to rest, to recharge, and to spend time with my family (most likely jumping on the trampoline). I hope the week is good for you, too, and I hope we all come back to school on November 28 well-rested, recharged, and excited just like we were in August.


Shout-Outs
  • Last Friday’s Veterans Day assembly was a great event for our school, and it was the perfect way to honor veterans from within the CAC community. James Wilhite did a great job leading our band, while Lynnette Noble and Steve Quattlebaum did a fantastic job organizing the assembly and providing the reception. Great job!

  • This week, we completed our student surveys for our upcoming accreditation with help from Janice Northen, Carrie Vick, James Wilhite, Danny Sullivan, Hayden Cruce, and Andy Stewart. We’ve already received the results, and I can’t wait to share them in the next couple of weeks.

  • The middle school field trip to PA to hear Margaret Peterson Haddix on Tuesday was really great and our students represented our school well. A big thanks goes to Angie Diles for organizing the trip. Shout-outs also go to our chaperones and bus drivers— Kassandra Allison, Tamara Hodges, Jimmy Teigen, Christy Sherrill, Sheila Killgore, Zac Stewart, Miranda Johnson, Caroline Prestridge, Chris Morse, Hayden Cruce, and James Wilhite.

  • The curriculum guides are coming along nicely and the student work that has been uploaded looks great. Thank you for everyone who spent time the past couple of weeks making sure your guides are complete with student work. For those guides still not complete— please make it a priority to get them finished.

Upcoming Events (… and we have a lot, so click here for a printable PDF)

  • Week of Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25— Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, Dec. 1— 12th Grade Civics Field trip to Justice Building & Capital (8:30-2:00)
  • Friday, Dec. 2
    • Matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (8:30-11:00)
    • Chapel in gym
  • Saturday, Dec. 3— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Sunday, Dec. 4— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (2:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Monday, Dec. 5— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6— A&P / AP Bio Field Trip (9:00-1:50)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in Library)
  • Thursday, Dec. 8— Drama Club Field Trip to see “A Christmas Story" at the Rep (9:40-2:00)
  • Friday, Dec. 9— 6th Grade (40 students) to see “The Nutcracker" at Robinson Theater (10:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10— ACT Testing Day
  • Sunday, Dec. 11— Mustang Christmas
  • Monday, Dec. 12— HS Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13— Track Attack/Dodgeball Tournament (11:45-end of the day); Tentative date/time; details to come
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Elementary Track Attack in both gyms (all day)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Band Christmas Tour (9:30-2:00)
  • Sunday, Dec. 18— Band & Choir Combined Christmas Concert (2:00 PM in the gym)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • 4th & 7th Period HS Semester Tests (see complete schedule here)
    • Faculty/Staff dismissed at 2:00; Grades should be finalized before leaving
  • Thursday, Dec. 22- Tuesday, Jan. 3— Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4— First Day of Spring Semester


Responsibilities for Week of Nov. 28
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— M. Johnson
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Jamison
  • Parking Lot PM— K. Holland
  • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
  • Chapel— I. Thomas
  • Detention— A. Almond


Resources Worth Checking Out

Great Classroom Technology Tips!


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Click the image below for Information about the Fit 4 Life Challenge happening at my gym in January. The challenge has been great for me the past couple of years because of the accountability and support throughout the six weeks. If interested, I’d be happy to share more details.




Inspirational Video— Giving is the Best Communication (video from today’s chapel)

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Inspirational Video #2— Go Ask Dad

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App Recommendation


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You can’t make this stuff up!


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Book Recommendation

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Friday Thoughts— November 11, 2016

Teaching is hard— but worth it

It’s hard to believe we’re already ending our second week of November! The football playoffs are here, winter sports are getting up and going, and we’re all moving right along. As with most things, it’s easy to get in a routine, go through our day-to-day motions, and take for granted how blessed we are to be educators.

The only people who say teaching is easy are people who have never done it.

Teaching is hard.

Working with students is hard.

Dealing with difficult or needy parents is hard.

Watching students learn responsibility is hard.

And although it is challenging, teaching is the most rewarding profession there is.

During times like this when things are rote and routine, make every attempt to remember how blessed we are. Every day we are put in a position to influence our students for the rest of their lives.

Take advantage of opportunities to talk with students during lunch and in the hallways.

Use your class time to really engage students, challenging them and building them up. Student contact time is a precious commodity and it often seems like one thing or another takes from class time.

Things will always come up and classes shortened; however, when students are in our classrooms, we must take full advantage of that time. When given the option of helping students or doing anything else, choose the one that will help students the most. If working with students directly means papers don’t get graded as fast, that’s a trade-off I’d take every time. If you fall too behind in grading papers, perhaps we can find another way to assess student learning that doesn’t take away from direct instruction.

Let me encourage you to enjoy your time with students and make every effort to really work with them directly. Be creative, plan some outstanding lessons, and really engage your classes. As you already know, the school year goes by fast. After all, it’s already November!


Shout-Outs

  • The CAC election on Tuesday was a lot of fun and a good experience for our students. Rachel Brackens, Lynnette Noble, and Chad Tappe did a great job organizing the event and getting all of our students through in a timely manner. Let’s do it again in four years!

  • The Rep trip— all 120 juniors and seniors— went really well. The students loved it and they did a fantastic job representing our school. A big thanks goes to Jenna Thomas, Brittany Arnold, and Danny Sullivan for going as chaperones. Also, thanks to James Wilhite, Hayden Cruce, and Andy Stewart for helping out with transportation. Also, I want to say thanks to Melissa Leverett for helping plan out the details and ironing out the last minute details. It was a huge help!

  • The History Club has had a busy two weeks with their field trip last week to Memphis and today’s Veterans Day assembly. A big shout-out goes to Lynnette Noble, Steve Quattlebaum, and Keith Almond for making the Memphis trip great last week, and today’s assembly is going to be really special because Lynnette, Steve, and the history club have put in some serious work planning it all out. We’ll have quite a few guests on campus today, and I’m thankful our school will get to honor them and say thanks for their service to our country.

  • As we discussed in the faculty meeting yesterday, we had a really good turnout at our alumni dinner in Jonesboro on Tuesday. A big thanks goes to Danny Sullivan, Brittany Arnold, Jan Penrod, and Chad Tappe for investing their time for such a worthwhile trip. The feedback we received is invaluable, and I’m looking forward to planning other alumni get-togethers in the future.

  • Our math and science Aspire testing this week went pretty well thanks to Jason Gates, Janice Northen, James Wilhite, and Carrie Vick. This time around, the process was very smooth and students were able to complete everything in a timely manner.

  • On Wednesday, Tamara Hodges, Jimmy Teigen, Angie Diles, Zac Stewart, Caroline Prestridge, Miranda Johnson, and Brittany Arnold spent some time diving into the test data from the recent English and reading tests. Our scores were really good with some areas for improvement, and the ideas are already flowing for how the data can be used to help drive instruction. I can’t wait to see it in action over the next week!


Upcoming Events
  • Friday, November 11— Veterans Day Chapel Special Assembly (adjusted morning bell schedule)
    • 8:00-8:40 1st Period (40 min.)
    • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period (40 min.)
    • 9:30-10:20 Chapel Assembly
    • 10:25-11:00 3rd period (35 min.) / Reception in Atrium for Veterans and families
    • 11:05-11:45 4th Period (40 min.)
    • 11:45-3:30 Regular Bell Schedule




  • Wednesday, November 16— Emergency Drill (4th period)

  • Thursday, November 17
    • STUCO Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy (7:30-8:45 AM)
    • Family Chapel Day


  • Week of Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25— Thanksgiving Break


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


Resources Worth Checking Out

Literary Devices Strike Again!


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Interesting Story (all politics aside)

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Teach Like a Champion Blog Post— very cool video with explanation


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Chicago Cubs: Someday (Nike commercial)


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Book Recommendation

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Friday Thoughts— November 4, 2016

Getting an Alumni’s Perspective

Over the past two weeks, several of us have travelled to Searcy and Fayetteville to meet-up with recent CAC graduates to have dinner and learn from their perspectives. It’s been great catching up and hearing how things are going, but the real learning has happened in small groups by asking two questions:

  1. What should we never change at CAC?
  2. What should we consider changing?

So far, the responses have been pretty similar at both locations. Here are a few responses:

What should we never change?
  • Chapel & daily Bible classes
  • Mustang Missions (especially Mustang Christmas and ACCESS Gators day)
  • The emphasis we place on teachers developing long-lasting friendships with students
  • Dress code (yes, this one was brought up multiple times!)
  • Our high standards

What should we consider changing?
  • Have even higher standards and expectations— college is hard!
  • Focus on teaching basic skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, keyboarding, how to read a textbook, etc.). Even though these may seem like basic skills, they are critical and students must know them to be successful at the next level.
  • Make high school progressively harder and force students to become more and more independent. In college, the biggest skill to have is resourcefulness, and CAC graduates should learn this skill before leaving.

There were many other ideas shared, but these were the ones that students really focused on. During the discussion, they even admitted that they probably didn’t appreciate what we were trying to do at CAC at the time, but looking back, they now get it and are thankful.

It’s easy to grow weary and wonder if we’re making a difference, but trust me on this— we are. If you don’t believe me, talk to one of us who went to Searcy or to Fayetteville, or even talk to someone who’s been at CAC for a few years. We can all share some of the success stories we’ve heard.

Better yet, talk to some CAC alumni to get their perspective. If you’re free on Tuesday, go to Jonesboro with us to hear for yourself.



Shout-Outs
  • Our second Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy session last Friday with our STUCO members was really good as we talked about vision and action. After the lesson, their task is to look for a local need and to create a Do-Good December project. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. A big shout-out goes to Melissa Leverett for leading our STUCO and for giving our council members the opportunity to be part of the CFA Leader Academy. It’s going to be great!

  • Lights Up! crushed it last Friday! Every time they perform, I’m even more impressed by the leadership and example of our students. A big shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her work with the troupe. They are an inspiration both for our school and for all of their other audiences.

  • This was our first week of using the New Life gym for our 1st period activities, and it has worked really well. A big shout-out goes to Hayden Cruce, James Wilhite, and Miranda Johnson for working together to come up with a plan that will help accommodate all of our junior high activities.

  • This morning’s Mustang Mission (Feeding the Multitude) is up-and-running thanks to Erik Schramm and the leaders of the junior class. This mustang mission project has such a big impact on so many families and I’m thankful our students and school get to be part of it.

  • On Tuesday, a Tahoe-load of us drove to Fayetteville to have dinner with CAC-alumni at U.S. Pizza. It was so fun seeing familiar faces and hearing about life on The Hill, and it was also great hearing their perspective of being a CAC student. A big shout-out goes to Chad Tappe, Jan Penrod, Danny Sullivan, Melissa Leverett, and Brittany Arnold for making the journey. Up next: Jonesboro.



Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Pep Rally Schedule (click here to download)
    • Senior Picture during lunch (seniors dismissed from 4th period at 11:20)
    • The Buzz Sonic Blast on Mustang Mountain (4:00-7:00)

  • Week of Monday, November 7- Friday, November 11— Math & Science ACT Aspire Periodic Assessment #1 (grades 6-9)

  • Monday, November 7— Mustang Madness (6:30-8:00)

  • Tuesday, November 8— CAC Alumni Dinner in Jonesboro


  • Friday, November 11— Veterans Day Chapel Special Assembly (adjusted morning bell schedule)
    • 8:00-8:40 1st Period (40 min.)
    • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period (40 min.)
    • 9:30-10:20 Chapel Assembly
    • 10:25-11:00 3rd period (35 min.) / Reception in Atrium for Veterans and families
    • 11:05-11:45 4th Period (40 min.)
    • 11:45-3:30 Regular Bell Schedule



  • Wednesday, November 16— Emergency Drill (4th period)

  • Thursday, November 17— STUCO Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy (7:30-8:45 AM)

  • Friday, November 18— Curriculum Guides Completion Deadline

  • Week of Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25— Thanksgiving Break


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


Resources Worth Checking Out



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Interesting Article

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Have any old children’s books lying around? You could be sitting on a goldmine!

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Chobani CEO Giving Employees an Ownership Stake in Yogurt Empire


Educational Technology Tip: Have Students Use Piktochart to Create Their Next Poster, Collage, Presentation Display, or Infographic


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Book Recommendation

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Friday Thoughts— October 28, 2016

How is this year going?

Just about every day someone will ask me, “How is this year going so far?"

“It’s great" just doesn’t cut it, and neither does “It’s awesome!" or “So far, so good… I hope it continues."

Most times I can’t think of the perfect thing to say, which then makes me worried I’ll give the impression things aren’t going well. It’s a weird problem sometimes, and you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.

Chris Guillebeau experienced this same struggle when he finished his goal of traveling to every country before he was 35, and he offers some great advice in his book The Happiness of Pursuit. As you can imagine, he’s done a few interviews since completing his quest, and inevitably during those interviews, he’s asked something along the lines of “So, what was it like, Chris?"

He writes that at first he struggled to answer such as massive question until an experienced interviewer reminded him that he didn’t have to sum up 193 countries and ten years of travel in a few sentences— instead, just telling a story or two would do the trick.

That’s so true. It’s the stories that matter. It’s the stories that, well, tell the story and answer the question.

So, how is this year going? It’s great. Each day I feel like I’m able to serve teachers, students, and parents, and no day is ever the same. Just this week I was able to...

  • Participate and help plan a celebration for Mrs. Josephson and her years of service to CAC.

  • Work with several teachers to make it possible for students to take Aspire tests online so that we can have more data and information that will help us improve our curriculum.

  • Begin reviewing our curriculum and standards for our upcoming accreditation.

  • Observe several classrooms and see teachers and students working together to solve challenging problems.

  • Celebrate with our volleyball team and encourage them as they worked their way deeper into the State Volleyball tournament.

  • Meet with a parent and her child to understand a particular social problem, and then work together to find a solution.

  • Visit with CAC alumni at Harding and hear what’s going on in their lives, to get their perspective about their time at CAC, and to get some ideas that may help us improve.

  • Meet with three teachers to hear about their vision for their particular program and to work ideas to help them grow.

  • Help plan four different field trip opportunities for our students.

When asked about how the year is going, one or two of the above responses is much stronger than “It’s great" or “I’m really enjoying it."

So let me ask you— how’s this year going for you?



Shout-Outs
  • The Middle School Schedule Shift was a success this week thanks to Sonya Gates, Jan Penrod, Shelby Lillard, Andy Stewart, and Hayden Cruce. Schedules were ready to go Monday and a majority of students knew where to go all week. We did have a few hiccups, but everyone stepped in and was able to help out and make things work.

  • The potluck on Monday was great and it was a fun way to honor Mrs. Josephson. A big shout-out goes to Jason Gates for organizing the Fiesta. I can’t wait to see what he has planned for next month! Also, Angie Diles deserves a big shout-out for staying behind after the fiesta to clean up and put everything away. That was definitely appreciated.

  • Our first week of Aspire periodic testing is almost in the books thanks to Carrie Vick, Janice Northen, and Bradley Spencer. Aspire made several updates over the summer which meant every computer had to be updated with multiple programs. Carrie, Janice, and Bradley were able to update all of our lab computers and our laptop cart to make sure students could test.

  • Tuesday’s CAC Alumni college dinner at Harding University was great! A big shout-out goes to Lynnette Noble, Brittany Arnold, Kathy Holland, Danny Sullivan, Rachel Brackins, Chad Tappe, and Carter Lambert for making the trip to Searcy. We had a great turnout and it was fun seeing familiar faces and hearing about their college lives. I’m looking forward to the next two dinners.

  • Last Friday, Sheila Killgore and Jason Gates teamed their classes up to work on cell models. It was a great example of collaboration and having students work together. Their work can be seen in the science wing lobby— check them out!



Upcoming Events
  • Today— STUCO Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Session (7:30-9:00)



  • Friday, November 4— Pep Rally Schedule





Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Holland
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Prestridge
  • Parking Lot AM— J. Gates
  • Parking Lot PM— T. Hodges
  • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
  • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore
  • Chapel— A. Almond
  • Detention— M. Johnson


Resources Worth Checking Out

An interesting article about productivity, checking off to-do lists, and getting things done.

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Interesting Article

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I really enjoyed this sermon from Bill Hybels— The Real Story of Noah. It’s pretty thought-provoking and was very encouraging to me. Check it out if you have time.

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Watch This Girl’s First Ski Jump— it’s awesome!

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Human Tower Fail (as recommended by Chad in the chapel yesterday)

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Book Recommendation

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Friday Thoughts— October 21, 2016

Being a Philippians 2 Teacher

One of our best back-to-school inservice sessions was our time with Sherry Pogue (I got you on that one— you thought I was going to say the session when we went over the handbook!). The idea of being a Philippians 2 teacher really stuck with me, and this past week, I was reminded of the session when our Sunday morning class spent time studying Philippians from a parenting perspective.

During our Sunday morning discussion, my friend Eric shared a brilliant idea with the class to help better understand the verse, and afterwards, he and I sketched it out.

I’m still wrestling with this idea and I’d love to get your feedback, but right now it makes sense because I think back to some of the best teachers and coaches I’ve ever head— Mrs. Barber, Coach V, Mr. Harris.

Mrs. Barber, my high school English teacher, was sacrificial and humble (and diminutive in nature), but she wasn’t weak. She could have allowed her quiet nature and willingness to go the extra mile to be taken advantage of, but instead, she held us all accountable and had the highest expectations in her classes (powerful). She was fair and consistent (even when it hurt), and it was evident from day one that she was willing to do whatever it took (sacrificial) for each of us to succeed. Mrs. Barber imitated Christ.

Coach V, my football coach, was powerful (247-74-3 record; 28th all-time winningest football coach in Ohio) and sacrificial (taught various subjects while serving as AD and coach; served as an elder at my church), but he wasn’t manipulative. He could have easily reminded us of his successes or, if we messed up, he could have easily made us feel guilty because of all the time he invested in us; instead, he remained humble. He constantly lifted others up, deflected praise to his assistant coaches and players, and was quick to listen, slow to speak. Coach V imitated Christ.

Mr. Harris, my high school US History teacher and assistant football coach, was a big man (powerful) but quiet in nature (humble). He was a great story teller, was really good at explaining things, and he was a great coach. But that’s not what makes him memorable. What makes him memorable is his sacrificial spirit. Mr. Harris loved us— so much, he commuted an hour each day. He had been offered other job opportunities close to his home, but he loved our school and he loved us, so he kept making the drive each year. We knew Mr. Harris loved us (he often told us).

It’s been 17 years since I graduated, but I remember exactly how each of these teachers impacted my life and how they made me feel. I bet you could think of teachers in your life who made a similar impact.

Thinking about these teachers from a Philippians 2 perspective helps me view each of them in a new light, and I hope my former students view me in that same light. I hope our students this year do, too.


Shout-Outs
  • Monday is going to be a great day as we celebrate with Mrs. Story, Mrs. Josephson, and Mr. Harris. A shout-out goes to Jason Gates for organizing our potluck and encouraging all of us to participate. (If you need to sign-up to bring something or if you need to check to see what you signed up for, you can view the Sign-Up Genius here.)

  • This past Monday’s chapel was time well spent as we heard from Jake Barber and then were able to honor Mike Harris. A special thanks goes to Ashley Jamison for arranging for Jake to speak to our students and to Chad Tappe for organizing the presentation for Mr. Harris. It really was a good day.

  • James Wilhite stepped up twice this week to help with bus driving needs. In addition to Mr. Wilhite stepping up, Bradley Spencer and Angie Diles did as well as they volunteered to cover after-school care yesterday and today. A big thanks goes out for helping out as needed.

  • Socktoberfest is off and running and the 6th grade students are doing a fantastic job leading the way. A special thanks goes to Tamara Hodges, Kassandra Allison, and Jimmy Teigen for helping guide their students. This is a great ministry opportunity for our school and a great opportunity for our 6th graders to step into leadership positions.

  • Wednesday’s PSAT testing was very successful and went smoothly thanks to Jan Penrod and Carrie Vick. They did a great job planning for the tests, organizing materials, lining up teachers, moving classes, and communicating with everyone. Also, a thanks goes to Melissa Leverett, Erik Schramm, and Andrew Stewart for administering the tests.

  • The Chromebooks made their first voyage on Wednesday in Tamara Hodges’ classes, and the students loved using them! I’m so excited about the possibilities of having 60 Chromebooks and laptops for our students to use in classrooms. (I’d love to brainstorm ideas and find different ways to use them— let me know if you’re interested and we can plan some great lessons together.)


Upcoming Events


  • All Next Week— Aspire Periodic English & Reading Testing during Spanish Rotation Lab (grades 6-9)


  • Thursday, October 27— Regular Chapel (no intercom chapel)
    • Beta Club officer meeting following chapel




Responsibilities for Next Week
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— T. Hodges
  • Cafeteria PM— J. Gates
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Stewart
  • Parking Lot PM— S. Quattlebaum
  • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schram, & J. Thomas
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
  • Chapel— B. Spencer
  • Detention— J. Teigen


Resources Worth Checking Out

Interesting Article

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Interesting Article for Leaders— especially for me! (It’s also good to think about when leading in a classroom, at home, and everywhere else.)

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Podcast Recommendation

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Book Recommendation (disclaimer: I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on the list.)

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Friday Thoughts— October 14, 2016

A School Year is Not a Marathon

In a recent podcast, author Marcus Buckingham said, “A year isn’t a marathon; it’s fifty-two sprints." He goes on to explain that a week is a man-made unit of time that has a natural rhythm to it. By thinking in these terms, we aren’t stuck in a longterm plan; rather, we have the flexibility to pivot and change course when needed. It allows us to ask, “What are my priorities this week?" rather than being overwhelmed by the enormity of the year.

Hearing this has shifted my thinking. I’ve always viewed a school year as a marathon. However, I’m now inclined to think it’s more of a series of sprints— 36 to be exact. And that makes sense because each week certainly feels more like a sprint (some faster than others) rather than just another mile marker passed on a long, paced run.

We are nine sprints into the year. Let’s give each week everything we’ve got, regroup, and then do it again— 27 more times.



Shout-Outs
  • This was a big week for the 6th graders. On Monday, Tamara Hodges, Kassandra Allison, and Jimmy Teigen led their students on a class-building trip to the 4H Center in Ferndale. Students spent the day rock-climbing, canoeing, and shooting on the archery range (check out the photos on our Facebook page). Then on Thursday, Mustang Mountain hosted our 2nd annual 6th Grade Coffee House. We had several parents join us to hear students read their narratives they have been writing in class. It was a great way to end the nine weeks.

  • Similar to last year's Poe Show, The History Show on Tuesday didn’t disappoint. A special thanks to Jenna Thomas for arranging the event and to Steve Quattlebaum for allowing us classes to participate in the student workshop. Having the Theatre Squared troupe visit our campus is becoming a wonderful tradition that I hope continues.

  • In the bus driving realm, a shout-out goes to Angela Almond for driving the volleyball team to Conway this past week. Also, a shout-out goes to James Wilhite for spending the afternoon on Wednesday working with Bradley Spencer to help him prepare for his CDL test.

  • We made it to the end of the 1st nine weeks, and I’d like to give Doug Killgore, Andy Stewart and Hayden Cruce shout-outs for the effort they’ve put in as assistant principals this year. We’ve had a relatively smooth start to the year, and a big part of our success is because of them. I hope the success continues the rest of the year.

  • The laptop and Chromebook carts are ready to roll thanks to Karen Sullivan. I’m so excited about this! I hope the wheels are already turning about the ways we can use these in each class, and I hope we begin using them next week. If you have questions, need ideas, or could use some assistance, please check with Karen or me— we’d both be happy to help.


Upcoming Events
  • Today— Parent/Teacher conferences (no school)
    • Conference Times 8:00-3:30
    • Be sure to schedule conferences for students with academic and/or behavior concerns
    • Sign-Up Genius is a great way to schedule conferences

  • Monday, October 17— Adjusted Bell Schedule (to lengthen chapel, but preserve 3rd period some)
    • 8:00-8:45 1st period (45 minutes)
    • 8:50-9:25 2nd period (35 minutes)
    • 9:28-10:03 Chapel
    • Regular schedule

  • Wednesday, October 19
    • 10th & 11th Grade PSAT Testing (morning)
    • Emergency Drill— 6th period

  • Thursday, October 20— Family Chapel Day

  • Saturday, October 22— Mustang Scramble Golf Tournament

  • Monday, October 24
    • Earliest day for Middle School schedule class shift; Other possible day is Monday, October 31 (more details to come)
    • Photographer Sarah Reeves will be on campus taking pictures for publications
    • Special Chapel Assembly (adjusted schedule)
      • 8:00-8:45 1st period
      • 8:50-9:35 2nd period
      • 9:40-10:25 3rd period
      • 10:30-11:15 4th period
      • 11:18-11:45 Chapel
      • Regular Schedule

  • Thursday, November 3— History Club field trip to Memphis (all day)


Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B (Yes, that’s two B-weeks in a row because there are no classes today.)
  • Cafeteria AM— B. Spencer
  • Cafeteria PM— S. Killgore
  • Parking Lot AM— H. Cruce
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Diles
  • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, C. Sherrill, & D. Sullivan
  • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer
  • Chapel— J. Teigen
  • Detention— TBD (If you’re interested, please contact Doug Killgore.)


Resources Worth Checking Out

Interesting Article

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Inspirational Perspective

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CAC Curriculum Guide Resources

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Podcast Recommendation (I’ve listened to this at least 5 times in the past week)

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Book Recommendation

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Friday Thoughts— October 7, 2016

Homecoming Week Lessons
Although it’s crazy, Homecoming Week is pretty fun. Our students (and teachers) do an amazing job and really get into it, and it’s awesome seeing everyone having fun and being a community. It’s also a great opportunity to build the skills we want our students to develop each day of the year.
Creativity


Leadership


Collaboration


Teamwork


Friendship

I really enjoy seeing how creative our students get, how excited they are to be at school, and how much fun they have together. Today’s the final day of Homecoming Week, but we have 28 more weeks of school to help students develop these important skills. Let’s have some fun!


Shout-Outs
  • Blake McNair had a pretty awesome week— he got married on Saturday! Congratulations to Blake and Bailey! Getting married definitely deserves a shout-out. Coach McNair will be back at school on Monday— be sure to welcome him back.

  • Tamara Hodges and Angie Diles attended the Illinois Reading Council conference this past weekend and had a great time! I’m so thankful they had the opportunity to attend the conference to learn effective reading strategies, share ideas with colleagues, spend time with authors, and talk books. Their passion for reading is such a great influence for our students. Awesome job!

  • This has been a CRAZY week for Melissa Leverett and she deserves a HUUUUUUUUUUUGE shout-out for all the work she put in to make this year’s Homecoming Week so awesome! Our STUCO planned like crazy and worked hard each day, and with Ms. Leverett’s leadership, everything was great! I’m looking forward to the pep rally and the events tonight.

  • Be sure to check out the CAC Facebook page to see a ton of pictures from this week. Rachel Brackins did a great job of documenting the week and sharing the Homecoming experiences from all three campuses with everyone through social media.

  • Our cheerleaders (grades 7th, JH, and HS) have been working hard the past several weeks preparing for Homecoming. Tori Beach, Dia Watson, and Miranda Johnson deserve a huge shout-out for the time they’ve put in working with our cheerleading teams.

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Homecoming Pep Assembly (Click here for today’s bell schedule)

  • Monday, October 10— 6th grade field trip to 4-H Center (all day)

  • Tuesday, October 11— Special Assembly: The History Show performance by TheatreSquared (same troupe who performed last year's The Poe Show)
    • 8:00-8:25 1st Period
    • 8:30-8:55 2nd Period
    • 9:00-10:03 Chapel Devotional & The History Show
    • Regular schedule remainder of the day
      • 10:10-10:55 11th Grade US History students will attend History Workshop with actors
      • 11:00-11:30 Drama Club students will meet in auditorium for talk-back session with actors (20-30 minutes)


  • Thursday, October 13
    • Grades finalized in RenWeb by noon
    • 6th grade Reader’s Coffee House (1:30)

  • Friday, October 14— Parent/Teacher conferences (no school)
    • Conference Times 8:00-3:30
    • Be sure to schedule conferences for students with academic and/or behavior concerns
    • Sign-Up Genius is a great way to schedule conferences

  • Monday, October 17— Adjusted Bell Schedule (to lengthen chapel, but preserve 3rd period some)
    • 8:00-8:45 1st period (45 minutes)
    • 8:50-9:25 2nd period (35 minutes)
    • 9:28-10:03 Chapel
    • Regular schedule

  • Wednesday, October 19
    • 10th & 11th Grade PSAT Testing (morning)
    • Emergency Drill— 6th period

  • Thursday, October 20— Family Chapel Day

  • Saturday, October 22— Mustang Scramble Golf Tournament

  • Monday, October 24
    • Earliest day for Middle School schedule class shift; Other possible day is Monday, October 31 (more details to come)
    • Photographer Sarah Reeves will be on campus taking pictures for publications
    • Special Chapel Assembly (adjusted schedule)
      • 8:00-8:45 1st period
      • 8:50-9:35 2nd period
      • 9:40-10:25 3rd period
      • 10:30-11:15 4th period
      • 11:18-11:45 Chapel
      • Regular Schedule


Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Stewart
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Sherrill
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Diles
  • Parking Lot PM— B. McNair
  • HS Lunch— B. McNair, J. Gates, & K. Holland
  • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
  • Chapel— S. Killgore
  • Detention— Admin


Resources Worth Checking Out

READ



READ Bottle Flipping: Distraction or Connection


LISTEN TO Dan Roam on the Read to Lead Podcast


WATCH The People vs. The School System


WATCH STUCO Homecoming 2016 Video


Book Recommendation




Friday Thoughts— September 30, 2016

Learning Alongside Students

During some classroom observations this week, I stopped by a few classes while they were watching a movie, and I was reminded of this from Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess:

I missed a couple days of school recently and had my substitute teacher show a video. Upon return, several students complained that it just wasn’t the same watching with the sub. I said , “What do you mean? The whole period was going to be spent watching the video whether I was here or not." To which one of my students replied, “Yeah, but you always pause the video to tell us cool things and build up anticipation for what’s coming. You make little comments the whole time. We like that you watch and react to the video with us. It’s just different when you’re here."

That eye-opening conversation offered dramatic proof of the significant difference personal power, attitude, and full presence of the instructor has on the learning environment. An instructor who is fully immersed in the moment has a special type of intensity that resonates with great power in the classroom, regardless of the activity.

I want us all to be fully present every day. This is true whether it’s while watching part of a movie, during a class activity or discussion, or even while students are working independently. Rather than grading papers, checking email, or working on lesson plans, we need to be fully immersed in the moment and learn alongside our students. If we show we’re interested, then students will be interested, too.

To read all of my notes, highlights, and key ideas from Teach Like a Pirate, click here. If you’d like a copy of the book, I’ll be glad to get you one— just let me know.


Shout-Outs
  • Last Friday’s Lights Up! day tour went very smoothly, and our students did an amazing job. Lights Up is a great organization for our students, and Jenna Thomas deserves a huge shout-out for her work with the troupe. Also, shout-outs are in order to Keith Almond and Andy Stewart for tag-teaming the bus driving responsibilities.

  • Monday’s College Fair at UALR went great! Carrie Vick and Jan Penrod did a great job helping set up the program and promoting it to our students. We had several CAC families attend, and it was a great night. Awesome job!

  • Our 8th graders had a great time at the Ron Coleman Crystal Mine on Wednesday. Each year, Sheila Killgore plans the trip to correspond to her Earth Science curriculum, and the students always have a good time. Mrs. Killgore deserves a huge shout-out for organizing the trip, as do the chaperones— Miranda Johnson, Caroline Prestridge, and James Wilhite.

  • Yesterday’s A&P and AP Biology field trip to Arkansas Children’s Hospital went great, and the students really enjoyed going on the tour and exploring the medical field. Shout-outs are in order for Jason Gates (trip organizer and bus driver), Rachel Brackins (chaperone and photographer), and Chad Tappe (chaperone).

  • This week, Zac Stewart’s Arkansas History students created tourism commercials for various parts of the state. Students worked in groups, researching key tourist destinations, and created movies to help “sell" their location. The students did an amazing job and it was a great way to learn more about the economy of the state. Awesome job, Coach Stewart!

  • Our first Cooperative Learning PD session is in the books, and I hope it was beneficial. A big thanks goes to the teachers who attended (Christy Sherrill, Miranda Johnson, Caroline Prestridge, Blake McNair, Ian Thomas, and Jimmy Teigen). We’ll have another session in the next couple of weeks, and I hope everyone will be able to attend.

Upcoming Events
  • TODAY— STUCO Members & Senior Officers: Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy session #1 (7:30-9:30 AM)


  • Monday, October 3— Homecoming Week begins
    • Monday- Pajama Day
    • Tuesday- Tacky Day
    • Wednesday- Wayback Day
    • Thursday- Olympics
    • Friday- Purple & Gold

  • Friday, October 7— Homecoming Pep Assembly (Click here for Friday’s bell schedule)

  • Monday, October 10— 6th grade field trip to 4-H Center (all day)

  • Tuesday, October 11— Special Assembly: The History Show performance by TheatreSquared (same troupe who performed last year's The Poe Show)
    • 8:00-8:25 1st Period
    • 8:30-8:55 2nd Period
    • 9:00-10:03 Chapel Devotional & The History Show
    • Regular schedule remainder of the day
      • 10:10-10:55 11th Grade US History students will attend History Workshop with actors
      • 11:00-11:30 Drama Club students will meet in auditorium for talk-back session with actors (20-30 minutes)

  • Wednesday, October 12— End of 1st Nine Weeks Grading Period

  • Friday, October 14— Parent/Teacher conferences (no school)
    • Conference Times 8:00-3:30
    • Be sure to schedule conferences for students with academic and/or behavior concerns
    • Sign-Up Genius is a great way to schedule conferences

  • Wednesday, October 19— 10th Grade PSAT Testing

  • Thursday, October 20— Family Chapel Day


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


Resources Worth Checking Out






What is the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy? Click below to find out.










So, I went skydiving this weekend...



Book Recommendation





Friday Thoughts— September 23, 2016

The Dip

The Dip by Seth Godin is a little book about knowing when to quit and when to push through something. It’s a fascinating read that can be read from many perspectives: career, relationships, marketing, advertising, projects, sports, hobbies, etc. Basically anything we start doing potentially has a dip— that is, if it’s worth doing.

The premise of the book is that we need to learn to acknowledge the dip when we start something new and then decide whether to push through or bail out.

It seems every year around this time, I find myself in a dip. I don’t know if it’s the weather, the fact it starts to get dark earlier, or maybe it’s because we’re seven weeks into the school year and everyone is getting more comfortable and things tend to slide off the radar (like strictly enforcing dress code, consistently checking for planners, keeping accurate records, etc.). Whatever the reason, I always find myself in the dip and I have to put in the extra effort to get through it because I know it’s worth it in the end.

When we’re in the dip, we have three choices: fight through, quit, or stay (and be mediocre). However, the first two options are the only two options because no one wants to be mediocre (and miserable).



So which is the right choice: Fight through or quit? All our lives we’re told “Quitters never win" but that’s not true. In fact, quitters win all the time (see: Bill Gates and Richard Branson). The key is knowing when to quit a strategy or tactic in order to reach a worthy long-term goal. You don’t bail on the goal, just the current strategy you’re using to get there. Before school began, we set some goals as a faculty, and even though I’m in a dip with some of those goals, I’m committed to moving forward and pushing through to reach the goal we all desire.



If you find yourself in a dip, ask yourself this: Is this worth doing? If the answer is yes, keep pushing yourself because you’re almost there. If the answer is no, pivot and find a new strategy or tactic to help you reach your goal. Either way, we need to be moving in one direction, avoiding mediocrity and striving to be exceptional.



Shout-Outs
  • “They’re moving!" was just one of the many compliments I heard in the stands during Friday’s halftime band performance. It was the first time our band has marched in a few years, and Mr. Wilhite deserves a HUGE shout-out for the work he’s put in to build up our band program. The band sounds amazing, the kids are having a great time, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them. Awesome job, Mr. Wilhite!

  • Friday’s halftime show also featured our Elementary Cheer Clinic performances (which were awesome!). A big shout-out goes to Tori Beach, Dia Watson, and our cheerleaders for working with our elementary students last Saturday and getting them ready for Friday’s big performance. The night was great and I know firsthand how much it meant to one PreK4 cheerleader.

  • Tuesday’s school picture day went very smoothly thanks to Kristy Quattlebaum and our yearbook staff. It’s pretty impressive that we were able to have all of our students’ and teachers' pictures taken so quickly and efficiently. Great job!

  • Earlier this week, Ashley Jamison and our Spanish III students spent a couple of hours at the PV campus teaching Spanish lessons to our elementary classes. It’s a great time for our students to experience teaching Spanish, and it’s also great for our elementary students to interact and work with “the big kids."

  • Angie Diles did an AMAZING job putting together our Tim Green author visit— both the book signing on Tuesday night and the assemblies on Wednesday. It was such a great experience for our school, and I was proud we could host both elementary campuses, PA students, and Lakewood students. It’s also great that each of our 8th graders was able to receive a free copy of Tim Green’s new book. How cool is that?! I also want to give a big shout-out to the our bus drivers (Chris Morse, Keith Almond, and James Wilhite) and to Ian and Jenna Thomas for handling all of our A/V needs in the auditorium.



  • Without going into specific details, Traci Byrd has been handling a few concerns with parents and students this week, and she’s done a great job partnering with parents to give sound advice and put everyone at ease.

  • Zac Stewart’s Arkansas History class is currently studying the Economy and Tourism in Arkansas, and he and Miranda Johnson spent a class period brainstorming ideas and working together to come up with some great ideas. It was a great example of teachers collaborating and working together to find ways to reach students. Awesome job!

  • Yesterday, Jimmy Teigen and his students used a cooperative learning activity called Quiz-Quiz-Trade to work on grammar skills and parts of speech. Although it was new, Mr. Teigen did a fantastic job explaining the activity to students and then managing the learning.

  • Shelby Lillard certainly deserves a shout-out for taking care of handbook pledge forms this week. That is a huge undertaking, but Shelby did a great job organizing and keeping up with students who turned in their forms. Per her request, we’re currently looking for a digital way to do this next year. If you have any suggestions, send them my way. Currently, HelloSign is the leader in the clubhouse.

  • Yesterday, Jason Gates had a guest speaker— Phillip Beach— come to his Biology classes to teach about HIV and how the ways the virus impacts the cells and the body's immune system.



Upcoming Events
  • Today— Lights Up! day tour (all day)

  • Sunday, September 25— Channel 7’s Beyond the Game will air interview with Tim Green, Kristi & Brett Bell, and Angie Diles.

  • Monday, September 26— College Fair at UALR (6:00-8:00 PM)

  • Tuesday, September 27— State Golf Tournament (hosted by CAC at Maumelle Country Club); D. Killgore, A. Stewart, and H. Cruce will be off campus

  • Wednesday, September 28
    • 8th grade field trip to Ron Coleman Crystal Mines (all day)
    • Optional PD Opportunity: Cooperative Learning Session #1 (3:35-4:00; .5 hrs. of PD credit); Location TBD

  • Thursday, September 29— Emergency Drill (students will report to 3rd period class early for drill; class will begin following drill)

  • Friday, September 30— STUCO Members' Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy session #1 (7:30-9:30 AM)


  • Monday, October 2— Homecoming Week begins (Click here for Friday’s bell schedule)
    • Monday- Pajama Day
    • Tuesday- Tacky Day
    • Wednesday- Wayback Day
    • Thursday- Olympics
    • Friday- Purple & Gold

  • Monday, October 10— 6th grade field trip to 4-H Center (all day)

  • Tuesday, October 11— Special Assembly: The History Show performance by TheatreSquared (same troupe who performed last year's The Poe Show)
    • 8:00-8:25 1st Period
    • 8:30-8:55 2nd Period
    • 9:00-10:03 Chapel Devotional & The History Show
    • Regular schedule remainder of the day
      • 10:10-10:55 11th Grade US History students will attend History Workshop with actors
      • 11:00-11:30 Drama Club students will meet in auditorium for talk-back session with actors (20-30 minutes)

  • Wednesday, October 12— End of 1st Nine Weeks Grading Period
    • 2:00 dismissal (special schedule— see handbook)
    • Grades due at noon on Thursday, October 13

  • Friday, October 14— Parent/Teacher conferences (no school)

  • Wednesday, October 19— 10th Grade PSAT Testing

  • Thursday, October 20— Family Chapel Day


Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Diles
  • Cafeteria PM— B. McNair
  • Parking Lot AM— T. Beach
  • Parking Lot PM— B. Arnold
  • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
  • Chapel— A. Jamison
  • Detention— K. Holland


Resources Worth Checking Out

Do you love your kids or your class first? Great thoughts in this article.


Create project rubrics using templates (great suggestion from Miranda Johnson)


Dialect Quiz (courtesy of Chad Tappe)


Teaching digital citizenship


Weightlifter becomes crowd favorite with crazy dances


NBA Legends’ CRAZY Reactions to 6’1" Dunker




Book Recommendation





Friday Thoughts— September 16, 2016

Two Driving Questions

When making a decision, here are two questions to ask:

1. What’s best for the individual student?
2. What’s best for the school?

This may seem like common sense for many people, but I heard it for the first time a few years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since.

Using these questions as guidelines has helped me tremendously, but I’ve noticed two things:

1. Sometimes it takes a little longer.
2. Fair does not always mean equal.

I’m OK with both of those things because it’s important to make decisions that are good for an individual student and good for all students.

If this is nothing new for you, you’re way ahead of me. If not, I hope it provides a good perspective to use when faced with a decision.


*Note: I’m not trying to vaguely refer to anything, and I can assure you there’s nothing to read into. I just think this is a great perspective to have and wanted to share. Looking back, I know having this perspective would have helped me make better decisions and it would have made me a better teacher.



Shout-Outs
  • Monday was a great day on the Mustang Mountain. Lynnette Noble and the History Club did an outstanding job of organizing our chapel and picture. The support from teachers to help organize the flag picture was much appreciated. It was a great way to start the week!


  • Once again, the annual Talent Show was AWESOME! Jenna Thomas and the Drama Club put on an outstanding show, and our students put on excellent performances. It’s such a positive and encouraging night for our school, and I’m glad so many of you were able to attend. It was a packed house!

  • I heard many great things about yesterday’s family chapel day kickoff. Thank you so much for making that a success. It was great walking the halls and stopping in classrooms to hear and see what was going on. I hope we really take advantage of the time set aside to get to know our students and to develop positive relationships. Yesterday was a great start!

  • I was so encouraged by the responses to last week’s survey about the specific ways we are living out our mission statement, and I hope our faculty meeting this week was beneficial for you. Thank you for spending the time to share what happens in your classroom and in your interactions with our students. I want us all to keep our mission statement top-of-mind and to alway be looking for ways create the kind of school we’ve set out to do. If you’d like a digital copy of the responses, click here.


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 20
    • Fall School Picture Day (grades 6-11) in the small gym
    • Tim Green Book Signing Special Event (evening)

  • Wednesday, September 21— Author Visit w/ Tim Green
    • NO FIRST PERIOD
    • 8:00-8:25 2nd Period (all students)
    • 8:30-9:20 Assembly w/ Tim Green in the auditorium (with grades 6-12 & PV/NLR students)
    • 9:30-10:05 CAC Chapel with PV & NLR Elementary students in the gym
      • Tim Green will speak to visiting schools in the auditorium from 9:30-10:20
    • 10:15-10:55 3rd Period (then normal schedule rest of the day)

  • Thursday, September 29— Emergency Drill (students will report to 3rd period class early for drill; class will begin following drill)


  • Monday, October 2— Homecoming Week begins


Responsibilities for Next Week
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Allison
  • Cafeteria PM— E. Schramm
  • Parking Lot AM— B. Arnold
  • Parking Lot PM— L. Noble
  • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, C. Sherrill, & D. Sullivan
  • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer
  • Chapel— D. Sullivan
  • Detention— T. Beach


Resources Worth Checking Out




Caine’s Arcade



Holy Discontent (Bill Hybels)



Unsung Hero (video from Wednesday’s chapel)


How to Upload Samples of Student Work to our CAC Curriculum Guides


Book Recommendation


If you expose yourself to all that's broken in our world but neglect to view the brokenness from heaven's perspective (which promises that everything is in the process of being restored), then you'll get sucked into an impossible, downward spiral of aggravation and anger. Things will seem so bleak that you'll wind up taking up residence inside your firestorm of frustration instead of allowing it to propel you toward positive action.
Once that frustration and anger is understood as being your holy discontent, though—your spiritual connection to the God who's working to fix everything—it's as if an enormous wave of positive energy gets released inside you. Much like Popeye in his spinach-infused state, you become an unstoppable force for good in the world. This energy causes you to act on the dissatisfaction that's been brewing deep within your soul and compels you to say yes to joining forces with God so that the darkness and depravity around you gets pushed back. This supernatural supply of energy allows you to move forward past all the natural human-nature responses and enter instead into a life viewed from God's point of view. In other words, your perspective shifts from that which your eyes can see to that which God tells you is true. And it is in this reality that what is enslaved can still be set free, what is broken can still be mended, what is diseased can still be restored, what is hated can still be loved, what is dirty can still be made clean, and what is wrong can still be made right.
Truth be told, the most inspired, motivated, and driven people I know are the ones who live their lives from the energy of their holy discontent. They have a constant awareness that what is wrecking them is wrecking the heart of God. Refusing to stay fed up, though, they instead get fueled by their restless longing for the better-day realities God says are coming soon. They listen to the soulish instinct inside them that says life just doesn't have to be the way that most people experience it. Most importantly, they suit up and jump into the game when God says, “If you'll hook up with me, I'll involve you in effecting some much-needed change around here!"
from Holy Discontent: Fueling the Fire That Ignites Personal Vision by Bill Hybels



Friday Thoughts— September 9, 2016


Being Missional

While listening to Mark Moore, CEO of Mana Nutrition, speak to our students and faculty yesterday, I had two thoughts run through my mind almost simultaneously:

1. Wow! The work they are doing is incredible. They are really making a difference in people’s lives.
2. Am I being missional enough here in Little Rock? Should we be considering international missions?

In fact, any time I hear a missionary speak or spend time with one, I have those two thoughts. When I hear of their sacrifices and the life changes their families have made to work internationally, I wonder if we're doing enough or if we’ve chosen an “easier" path.

After chapel, I learned a little more about Mana Nutrition and RUFT (ready-to-use therapeutic food), and I had another thought when I came across a picture of the US factory where the RUFT packets are manufactured.


Just like every organization on the planet, this RUFT factory has two types of employees— those who see their job as a mission and those who see their job as a job (and it’s pretty easy to tell them apart). Geographical location has little to do with it; instead, it’s simply a matter of the heart.

I hope we all see our work at CAC as a mission— and I hope our students see that in us 10 days out of 10.



Shout-Outs
  • Last Friday, Doug Wilson (Janice Northen’s dad) was a guest speaker in Hayden Cruce’s Bible class as they talked about creation, science in the Bible, and the evidence of God. Mr. Wilson did an amazing job and really piqued the interest of our students. It was a great experience and I’m thankful Coach Cruce gave his students the opportunity.

  • Rachel Brackins saved the day last Friday by volunteering to cover after-school care. She deserves a HUGE shout-out for helping out. Thank you!

  • This year’s Haiti Mustang Missions is off to a great start. Danny Sullivan has done an awesome job leading the charge and encouraging our school to step up in a big way. This is a great way to teach our students to be mission-minded.

  • Congratulations to James Wilhite for joining the prestigious CDL club on Wednesday! If you, too, would like to join the club, space is available.

  • If you’ve walked through the atrium 2nd, 3rd, or 4th period this week, you may have noticed Andy Stewart’s Bible classes. Students have been creating movies to help teach portions of the Sermon on the Mount. The early drafts are really impressive, and I can’t wait to for the films to debut on Monday. This is a great project that encourages technology use, collaboration, and creativity. Awesome job!

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Yearbook field trip (all day)

  • Monday, September 12— History Club Chapel & Mustang Missions Spirit Day
    • 1st Period 8:00-8:40
    • 2nd Period 8:45-9:25
    • Chapel 9:28-10:15
    • 3rd Period 10:20-11:00
    • 4th Period 11:05-11:45
    • Normal schedule rest of the day




  • Tuesday, September 20
    • Fall School Picture Day (grades 6-11) in the small gym
    • Tim Green Book Signing Special Event (evening)

  • Wednesday, September 21
    • Tim Green Assembly for CAC Students— 8:30-9:20 AM (grades 6-12 & PV/NLR students)
    • Tim Green Assembly for visiting schools— 9:30-10:20 AM (PA, Lakewood, and Boone Park)
    • CAC Chapel with PV & NLR Elementary students following the assembly in the gym— 9:30-10:05
    • Tentative plan: no 2nd period (but final schedule still in the works)

  • Thursday, September 29— Emergency Drill (students will report to 3rd period class early for drill; class will begin following drill)


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

Resources Worth Checking Out

















Video from Mark Moore’s Chapel Talk




Teacher has Cringeworthy First Day of Class




Book Recommendation




Friday Thoughts— September 2, 2016

Boundaries and Fences

When Carson and Cooper were born, I was excited and proud to be a dad to sons. When Millie Kate was born, I was also excited and proud to have a daughter, but there was also a different feeling— I had a strong need to protect her.

To help me better understand raising a daughter, a friend recommended I read Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker.

That book was eye-opening, to say the least, and I’ve even given some of you a copy of the book (if you haven’t read it, click here for my key takeaways to summarize the book). It’s a book that I have read at least once a year to help me learn to be a strong father raising a strong daughter.

As we’ve been making a strong effort to be consistent with our policies and to hold students accountable, I was reminded of this passage from the book:

"Boundaries and fences are a must for girls, particularly during the teen years. Remember that whatever she says, the very fact that you thoughtfully and consistently enforce rules of behavior makes her feel loved and valued. She knows that these rules are proof that you care. Equally important, they train her to build boundaries for herself and teach her that such boundaries are necessary. From your rules (and your own behavior) she will learn what is acceptable and what is not, what is good and what is bad, and what she will and won’t do."

While this book is meant for dads of daughters, there is an easy connection for educators. Our students need (and even want) boundaries because many of them don’t know how to set their own and they need someone to help teach them.

While it may not be fun saying “no" and students may not like us for that sometimes, it’s true that consistently enforcing rules makes our students feel loved and valued.

As people who work with teenagers every day, we have an uphill battle to fight— but the fight is worth it.

As a dad with a daughter, I know I have an uphill battle to fight— but the fight is worth it.


Shout-Outs
  • Meet the Mustangs and Tuesday’s pep rally were both awesome! The cheerleaders and band did a great job helping us celebrate our Mustang football teams. Tori Beach, Dia Watson, and Miranda Johnson have been working hard preparing our cheerleading squads, and James Wilhite has done a tremendous job getting our band prepared. Way to go!

  • We had another great week of chapel this week thanks to Steve Quattlebaum and Danny Sullivan. Chapel is such an important part of the fabric of our school, and it’s great when we have weeks like this that challenge all of us— both faculty and students.

  • Tuesday was a somewhat-crazy day, but everyone handled the chaos with ease. Thank you so much for everyone’s help and participation in both the pep rally and the dismissal. Caroline Prestridge, Bradley Spencer, and Angie Diles all stepped up and really helped outside to make sure the after-school pick-up line went smoothly. Thank you so much!

  • Yesterday’s Drama Club luncheon was a huge success. Jenna Thomas did an excellent job organizing the event, and the BBQ was awesome! Drama Club is a great organization, and yesterday we had 64 students (grades 6-12) participate. Awesome job, Mrs. Thomas!
  • Our fall sports picture day is in the books thanks to Kristy Quattlebaum. With 13 teams to manage and coaches coming from different campuses, it is quite an event to manage, but Mrs. Quattlebaum and the yearbook staff handled it well. In a couple of months, we’ll do it again with Winter sports!

  • The 8th graders in Caroline Prestridge’s English classes have been working on researching real-life people and events from their second summer reading books. Ian Thomas has been a TREMENDOUS help in teaching the students about the changes to MLA citation. This was another example of teachers collaborating and working together to help our students. Awesome job, Mrs. Prestridge and Mr. Thomas!

  • As I did last year at this time, I need to recognize Senator James H. Kyle with a huge shout-out. Senator Kyle was born in my hometown of Cedarville, OH, and he is known as the “Father" of Labor Day. Thanks to his efforts, we all get to enjoy a long weekend.



Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 5— Labor Day (no school)

  • Tuesday, September 6— Talent Show Act Previews (after school in auditorium)

  • Wednesday, September 7
    • Haiti Mustang Missions Spirit Day ($2 or more)
    • Talent Show Act Previews (after school in auditorium)


  • Monday, September 12— History Club Chapel & Mustang Missions Spirit Day (adjusted bell schedule to accommodate longer assembly)







Responsibilities for Next Week
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— B. Arnold
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber
  • Parking Lot AM— S. Quattlebaum
  • Parking Lot PM— K. Holland
  • HS Lunch— A. Almond, A. Stewart, & B. Arnold
  • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & D. Killgore
  • Chapel— B. Arnold
  • Detention— K. Allison




Friday Thoughts— August 26, 2016


The Speed of Trust

In a recent episode of The Dave Ramsey Show, Dave explained to a caller the importance of trust in the workplace*. The caller’s question involved an employee being dishonest, and the manager was unsure how to handle the situation. Dave was quick to respond by saying, “Organizations run at the speed of trust," and he went on to explain how a business’ workday grinds to a halt when people don’t trust each other.

A school is no different. A classroom is no different.

The hard part about trust, though, is it takes time to build on an individual basis; however, a culture of trust becomes evident for everyone on day one.

When we communicate clear expectations and then follow through, students trust what we say.

When we establish routines and then work the routines, students trust the processes.

When we explain rules and policies and then hold students accountable, students trust that we’re consistent.

When we tell students we’ll treat them with respect and then treat each one with respect 10 days out of 10, students trust our promises.

When we expect Christian behavior and then model Christian behavior, students trust that Christian behavior is right and good.

But when trust breaks down— when we fail to live up to our end of the process or when students fail to live up to theirs— our school and our classrooms grind to a halt. It’s then our job as teachers and leaders to right the ship, reestablish a culture of trust, begin rebuilding the trust, and move forward.

Dave’s on to something with the idea that organizations run at the speed of trust, and I believe our school year is off to a great start and is moving at a good pace. Let’s keep it up!

*The conversation is the first call of the Friday, August 19 show, and you can listen to it here.


Shout-Outs
  • Senior Day was a huge success last Friday! The kids had a great time bowling, dominating 2,017 nuggets, playing games, and sharing their goals for the year. We have a strong senior class this year, and I’m thankful they’ll be leading our campus this year. Shout-outs go to Jan Penrod, Kristy Quattlebaum, Kathy Holland, Karen Sullivan, Danny Sullivan, Steve Quattlebaum, and Chad Tappe for making it a special day for our seniors.


  • This year, we’re trying something new in our 8th Grade Band/Choir/Spanish rotation. Tori Beach, Janice Northen, and James Wilhite worked together to develop a rotation that would benefit all three programs. Instead of dividing the classes by boys and girls, the classes are now mixed evenly, allowing for a better opportunity for our choir and band programs to grow. It’s an out-of-the-box approach, but it has worked great this week! It’s a great example of teamwork, collaboration, seeing the bigger picture, and making decisions that benefit our students. Awesome job!

  • The Wave last Friday was probably the best Wave we’ve ever had, and we had 397 CAC students and faculty members participate. To everyone who participated in some capacity, thank you so much— it means a lot to our kids and our school. A big thanks goes to James Wilhite for clearing out the band room to allow all of us to pack in for the devo, and Danny Sullivan and Chad Tappe both deserve huge shout-outs for leading our devotional. It was a great night and I can’t wait until next year!

  • When I asked a senior how the year was going so far, she said it was great. Then she said the best thing we’ve done this year is starting the dress code check. Even though it’s "kind of annoying" (her words, not mine), she said knowing there’s a dress code makes her stop in the morning to make sure she’s following our guidelines. It’s even become a conversation at home with her parents and sister. I agree that it’s been an effective and efficient new system— let's keep up the great work!

  • Jason Gates did a great job leading our chapel devotionals this week. It’s tough being the first one out of the gate (get it?), but Jason handled it with ease and did a great challenging all of us to have a thirst for God. I know it’s something I needed to hear and think about, and I’m thankful he shared his thoughts with us.

  • We had a couple of Drama Club announcements in chapel this week, and it was great seeing our students step into leadership roles and share their experiences to help encourage other students to join. Jenna Thomas does a great job planning events and organizing the club, and many of our students participate each year. This year is going to be great— I can’t wait!

  • Congratulations to Erik and April Schramm— as of yesterday, Ethan and Benjamin are officially Schramms! The boys have both been part of the Schramm family since birth (2 1/2 years and 1 year, respectively), but now their adoption has been completed.

  • Happy Birthday, Jan Penrod (today) and Lisa Lancaster (tomorrow)!


Upcoming Events
  • Today— Meet the Mustangs (6:30)

  • Tuesday, August 30
    • Purple & Gold Spirit Day
    • Adjusted bell schedule; School will dismiss at approximately 3:10
    • Varsity Football Game at War Memorial Stadium (5:00 PM)

  • Thursday, September 1
    • Fall Sports Pictures
    • Drama Club Luncheon (participants will miss some/all of 5th period; detailed schedule & roster will be emailed)

  • Friday, September 9— Yearbook field trip (all day)

  • Monday, September 12— History Club Chapel & Mustang Missions Spirit Day (adjust bell schedule to accommodate longer assembly)

  • Tuesday, September 13— CAC Talent Show (7:00 PM)

  • Thursday, September 15— First Family Chapel day

  • Tuesday, September 20— Tim Green Book Signing Special Event (evening)

Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— S. Quattlebaum
  • Cafeteria PM— A. Almond
  • Parking Lot AM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Wilhite
  • HS Lunch— E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
  • Chapel— S. Quattlebaum
  • Detention— B. Spencer or I. Thomas (both are signed up and will play checkers at HS lunch today to determine the winner)




Friday Thoughts— August 19, 2016


Parents in our Rooms
Open House on Mustang Mountain is unique, and the first experience is always somewhat chaotic. I didn’t understand it at first, but now I kind of enjoy seeing parents hurrying through the hallways from class to class worried they might be late to class.

Tonight got me thinking, though. Having parents walk the halls and visit classrooms during Open House is one thing, but what if they walked the halls and visited classrooms each day? What would that look like? Would it affect what we do? Would it change how we interact with each other and how we interact with students?

That thought leads me to this principle all of us should strive to follow: Treat each student as if his or her parent is in the room. It means we must treat each student the right way 10 days out of 10. We must talk to students with respect, and we must never yell, argue, or use sarcasm.

Combining this principle with the one shared last week (Students won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care) lays a great foundation for developing the relationships and mentoring opportunities all of us want to have with our students.

I don’t expect to have parents walking our halls on a normal school day anytime soon (Open House works for me), but I do expect all of us to treat each student as if the parent is in the room.


Shout-Outs

  • The building looked great for Open House! Classrooms were in tip-top shape, and the hallways and bathrooms were very clean. Thank you, teachers, for preparing your rooms. Pod cleaners, thank you for working so quickly after school to make sure everything was ready for our guests.

  • If you haven’t stopped by to visit Rachel Brackins or Carrie Vick, be sure to do so. They both started this past Monday on Mustang Mountain, and they’re doing a great job learning on the fly. Be sure to welcome them to the CAC family since we didn’t get to do that before school began.

  • I observed a great teaching strategy this week in Jimmy Teigen’s English class. Students were working in cooperative learning groups, and the groups were somewhat close to each other. After explaining the directions, Mr. Teigen assigned different groups to stagger-start the assignment (one group started on #1 while the group next to it started on #13) to make sure students were doing their own work and not being influenced by another group’s answer. It was brilliant. Way to go, Mr. Teigen!

  • The faculty self-portraits have been officially framed thanks to Chelsea Baber. They look great and I can’t wait to hang the picture in the hallway. The next step is to get the appropriate hooks to use to hang it (due to fire & safety codes). I can’t wait!


  • The required summer reading for 8th grade English was Crossover by Kwame Alexander. It’s an award-winning book about poetry and basketball, and our students love it! Because the book is about basketball and uses many basketball references, Caroline Prestridge teamed up with Bradley Spencer this week to help make parts of the book come to life. Coach Spencer led all of Mrs. Prestridge’s 8th grade English classes through basketball drills and referenced key parts of the book to help students make connections. It was awesome and our students had a great time! Also, Coach Spencer was gifted a copy of the book to look through the night before, and he read the entire thing that night to be better prepared. Awesome job, Mrs. Prestidge and Coach Spencer!









Upcoming Events
  • Today— Senior Day (seniors out all day)
  • Today— The Wave (5:45-9:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, August 30— Varsity Football Game at War Memorial Stadium (5:00 PM); Adjusted bell schedule & Pep Rally (schedule will be emailed soon)
  • Thursday, September 1— Fall Sports Pictures
  • Monday, September 12— History Club Chapel & Mustang Missions Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, September 13— CAC Talent Show (7:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, September 20— Tim Green Book Signing Special Event (evening)


Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— B. McNair
  • Cafeteria PM— A. Diles
  • Parking Lot AM— B. Spencer
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Thomas
  • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, & D. Sullivan
  • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, C. Sherrill, & B. Spencer
  • Chapel— J. Gates
  • Detention— I. Thomas



Friday Thoughts— August 12, 2016



Welcome Back

… and we’re off!

What a great start to the school year! I’ve heard so many positive stories from students who are excited about what’s in store for this year and how much they love being on Mustang Mountain. I love being surrounded by students who genuinely like being together at school each day, but what’s really awesome is that I’ve also heard the same stories from our staff— and I love to hear them! I love working with teachers who love their job and truly care about each of our students.

It’s true that students won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, and each day I get to see it in action. We show students we care by our words, actions, and consistency, and we must remember we can’t assume to know a student’s home life and circumstances. The only way to know about a student is to care enough to know the student.

This year we have a tremendous opportunity to care for our students and to model Christ for them. We were challenged last week to make our classrooms a Christian classroom each day by modeling Christ as described in Philippians 2, and I’ve already seen those characteristics modeled in several classrooms.

We have such a great mission here on Mustang Mountain, and I’m excited to be along for the ride. It’s going to be a great year!


Shout-Outs

  • Kevin Lloyd, David Mauldin, and Richard Burton worked like crazy to get our building ready for students, and it looks amazing! I don’t know how they pulled it off, but they did— and they did it with a smile. Be sure to thank Kevin, David, and Richard next time you see them.

  • Our STUCO has done a great job this year decorating our building, helping with New Student Orientation, handing out schedules on the first day of school, and by finding different ways to serve. A big shout-out goes to Melissa Leverett for her leadership and the work she’s done with our STUCO. It’s a great group of students and it's going to be a great year!

  • Each year we have schedule and locker issues, and this year is no different. However, Shelby Lillard, Jan Penrod, and Sonya Gates have done a great job working with students and helping them quickly and with a smile. Awesome job!

  • Earlier this summer, Coach Tommy Shoemaker had an article titled “Masking ’No Huddle’ Concepts with a Sugar Huddle" published on the X&O Labs website. X&O Labs is an online coaching membership site with over 8,000 members from all levels— NFL, college, and high school— and it’s quite an honor for Coach Shoemaker to be published. Awesome job, Coach!

  • As students were completing an all-about-me sheet in Sheila Killgore’s class, I noticed each desk had a difference Bible verse written on it. A student asked about the verses, and Mrs. Killgore explained she wrote each verse and prayed over each desk and the students who would sit in them this year. How awesome is that?! Way to go, Mrs. Killgore!


  • The last two weeks have been so much fun and we’re off to great start. I want to thank everyone for having a great attitude, for helping when needed, and for going above-and-beyond. Let’s keep that going!

  • I’m passing along a Facebook shout-out from CAC parent Sam Smothers. It’s a screenshot below, so the video will not play; however, you can check it out on Facebook or stop by the office to watch it. Way to go, Tori Beach and Chad Tappe!





Upcoming Events

  • Today— Faculty Meeting in library (7:30 AM)

  • Monday, August 15— Parking passes will be distributed to seniors

  • Thursday, August 18— Fire Drill (2nd period following intercom chapel devotional)

  • Thursday, August 18— Open House (6:30 PM)

  • Friday, August 19— Senior Day (seniors out all day)

  • Friday, August 19— The Wave (5:45-9:15 PM)

  • Tuesday, August 30— Varsity Football Game at War Memorial Stadium (5:00 PM)


Responsibilities for Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— S. Killgore

  • Cafeteria PM— A. Jamison

  • Parking Lot AM— M. Leverett

  • Parking Lot PM— Z. Stewart

  • HS Lunch— J. Gates & K. Holland

  • MS Lunch— T. Beach, B. McNair, T. Hodges, & C. Morse

  • Chapel— Admin

  • Detention— J. Gates



Resources Worth Checking Out









(click here for my key takeaways and a sample chapter)



Thank You

This has been a great two weeks of honoring the efforts of our students— collegiate scholarships, academic accolades, and athletic accomplishments. Add in our ACCESS Gators & Day of Service, our choir concert Sunday, Wednesday’s Elementary Track Attack, our band concert last night, and today’s NJHS service project, and I’d say our students have really been able to shine this week. 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

  • Our secondary campus track attack was a lot of fun! Thank you so much to our dodgeball referees, Bradley Spencer, Jordan Watson, and Kevin Lloyd. Also, thank you to all teachers who helped monitor students, especially Caroline Prestridge and Christy Sherrill for sitting on the bleachers between the two middle school dodgeball courts in the small gym.

  • The yearbook this year is amazing! Way to go, Kristy Quattlebaum and the yearbook staff. They’ve worked hard this year and it shows. I’m thankful we were able to distribute yearbooks during track attack, and Mrs. Quattlebaum organized that process very well. Awesome job!

  • Another day of Elementary Track Attack is in the books, and we couldn’t have done it without our fearless bus drivers who each drove 50+ sweaty, “Track Attack"-shouting kids to our campus. Way to go and thank you, Angela Almond, Chris Morse, and Jordan Watson for your bravery and sacrifice. (By the way, if you’re scoring at home, that’s two shout-outs for Coach Watson this week!) Also, a shout-out goes to Sheila Killgore and James Wilhite for helping with stations, and to Lisa Lancaster for her work in the concession stand.

  • The Choir concert on Sunday was great, even without the benefit of a final rehearsal thanks to the power outage. Nonetheless, Tori Beach had our students prepared and they did an excellent job. Also, a special thanks goes to Janice Northen for helping get students on and off the stage.

  • This year’s Academic Awards chapel was very smooth. Thank you to all who helped announce and distribute awards. Also, thank you to Shelby Lillard for printing all of the awards, making sure they were all signed, and for notifying parents of the event.

  • The Band concert on Thursday was really, really good. James Wilhite deserves a huge shout-out for his work with the band this year. Both bands sounded great on Thursday and I’ve heard some great feedback from parents. I see great things in store for our band program thanks to Mr. Wilhite.



Upcoming Events

  • Friday, May 6
    • NJHS Service Project— NLR CAC Field Day (9:15-2:30)
    • Senior Exams Begin (see emailed schedule)
    • AP US History Test (8:00)

  • Monday, May 9
    • Senior Exams (see emailed schedule)
    • Lights Up performing in chapel

  • Tuesday, May 10
    • Senior Exams (see emailed schedule)
    • Athletic Awards Chapel (regular bell schedule)

  • Wednesday, May 11— Senior Day (special schedule)
    • Zero 8:00-8:40
    • 1st Period 8:45-9:25
    • 2nd Period 9:30-10:10
    • 3rd Period 10:15-10:55
    • Senior Chapel 11:00-12:00
    • MS 4th Period 12:05-12:35
      • HS Lunch 12:00-12:25
    • HS 4th Period 12:30-1:00
      • MS Lunch 12:35-1:00
    • 5th-7th Normal Schedule

  • Thursday, May 12
    • AP WH Test (8:00)
    • State Soccer Tournament (Harrison)

  • Sunday, May 15— Graduation (2:00 PM)

  • Monday, May 16- Thursday, May 19— Semester Exams (grades 9-11)

  • Thursday, May 19
    • Final Day of School (11:45 dismissal)
    • End-of-the-Year Faculty Meeting— 1:00
    • Teacher Dismissal— 2:30 (or later if grades/room check-out is not completed)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— T. Beach

  • Cafeteria PM—K. Almond

  • Parking Lot AM— A. Almond

  • Parking Lot PM— C. Baber

  • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas

  • MS Lunch— H. Stidman, T. Story, & J. Wilhite

  • Chapel— Admin

  • Detention— K. Almond



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Senior Day

I love Senior Chapel. In fact, I love the whole Senior Day. It’s an emotional roller coaster, full of laughing, crying, more laughing, and more crying. For our seniors, the day starts with Senior Chapel and the rest of the day is full of activities— lunch, a college panel, a service project, graduation practice, games, dinner, and a final class devotional.

During the devotional, seniors share glimpses of their CAC experience and what their time on Mustang Mountain has meant to them. Some share funny stories, some thank individual students, and others comment on the impact of their class as a whole. It’s an intimate and special time for our soon-to-be graduates.

While I enjoyed and appreciated listening to the heartfelt comments, one stuck out to me that I’d like to share here:

Life is hard, but being with you all made it easier. Thank you.

When I heard those words, I couldn’t help but think of my own kids. In 11, 13, and 14 short years from now, Carson’s, Cooper’s, and Millie Kate’s classes will be graduating high school. Between now and then, I know they’ll experience ups and downs in life, but I also know they’ll have a group of friends and teachers who will care about them and who will walk with them through the hards times.

And when their Senior Day comes, I’m so thankful they'll be able to tell their friends, “Life is hard, but being with you made it easier. Thank you."

That’s pretty awesome.

Shout-Outs

  • 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!

  • A shout-out goes to Doug Killgore for organizing our Athletic Awards assembly this week. 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 Chris Morse and Erik Schramm for being selected as our Teachers of the Year. I’m so thankful for the impact these two men have had on our students’ lives, and it was an honor to announce and celebrate their awards in chapel.

  • Our annual Senior Day was a huge success this year. 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 serve together. It was an awesome day!



Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, May 15— Graduation (2:00 PM; doors open at 1:00 PM)

  • Monday, May 16 (Adjusted bell schedule for grades 9-11; 6-8 remain on normal schedule; We will operate with two different bells.)
    • Regular bell schedule Zero-4th periods
    • HS 5th Period 1:05-1:40 (35 min.)
    • HS 6th Period 1:45-2:25 (40 min.)
    • HS 7th Period 2:30-3:30 (60 min.)

  • Tuesday, May 17— HS Semester Test Schedule (MS regular schedule)
    • 1st Period Test 8:05-9:30
    • Chapel 9:35-10:05
    • 4th Period Test 10:10-11:40
    • HS Lunch 11:45-12:10
    • Optional Review Period 12:15-1:00

  • Wednesday, May 18— HS Semester Test Schedule (MS regular schedule)
    • 2nd Period Test 8:05-9:30
    • Chapel 9:35-10:05
    • 5th Period Test 10:15-11:45
    • HS Lunch 11:45-12:10
    • Optional Review Period 12:15-1:00
  • Thursday, May 19— HS Semester Test Schedule (MS regular schedule)
    • 3rd Period Test 8:05-9:30
    • Chapel 9:35-10:05
    • 6th Period Test 10:15-11:45
    • Early Dismissal (ALL grades) 11:45
    • End-of-the-Year Faculty Meeting— 1:00
    • Teacher Dismissal— 2:30 (or later if grades/room check-out is not completed)

  • Friday, May 20— State Championship Games (Fayetteville)



Responsibilities for the Final Week of School

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— J. Gates

  • Cafeteria PM— T. Beach

  • Parking Lot AM— T. Hodges

  • Parking Lot PM— D. Sullivan

  • HS Lunch— A. Almond, K. Almond, & B. Arnold

  • MS Lunch— K. Allison, A. Diles, & S. Killgore

  • Chapel— Admin

  • Detention— Admin



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At Our Best


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.

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 tested on the ACT, 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. I can’t wait until next year!

We’d love to get your feedback about this year’s ACCESS day and what we could do to make next year better. Click here to complete a short survey.


Shout-Outs

  • Last Friday, Mr. Harris’s 8th grade Bible classes participated in the passover seder, and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen done in a classroom. The students were SO engaged and curious, and many stepped out of the comfort zones to participate. No doubt, several thought about that experience later in the evening during the traditional seder time. Awesome job, Mr. Harris!

  • The CAC Drumline performance last Friday was epic. Our students absolutely dominated the show, and the audience loved it. A shout-out goes to Mr. Wilhite for starting this new program and building it up so quickly. I can’t wait for their next performance.

  • Jan Penrod and Karen Sullivan did an excellent job organizing Tuesday’s Academic Scholarship Signing Day. It’s a big day for many of our seniors as we honor their academic successes, and Tuesday was well-planned and it was a huge success thanks to Mrs. Penrod and Mrs. Sullivan.

  • Tori Beach and our choirs have been working hard to prepare for their concert this Sunday. Be sure to thank Mrs. Beach for all her hard work, and I hope we can all attend to see our students perform Sunday at 2:00. It’s going to be a great day on the Mountain.

  • 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!



Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 30— Band Trip to Harding University (8:00-5:00)

  • Sunday, May 1— Choir Concert (2:00)

  • Monday, May 2— AP Chemistry Test (8:00)

  • Tuesday, May 3
    • Academic Awards Assembly & Track Attack
      • Zero 8:00-8:35
      • 1st 8:40-9:15
      • Academic Awards Assembly 9:15-10:15
      • 2nd 10:20-10:55
      • 3rd 11:00-11:45
      • MS 4th 11:50-12:35
        • HS Lunch 11:45-12:09
      • HS 4th 12:15-1:00
        • MS Lunch 12:35-1:00
      • TRACK ATTACK (grades 6-12) 1:00-3:30
    • Art Field Trip (11:30-2:00)

  • Wednesday, May 4
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in library)
    • AP English Test (8:00)
    • Emergency Drill (5th period)
    • Band Day Tour
    • Elementary Track Attack (all day)

  • Thursday, May 5
    • AP Calculus Test (8:00)
    • Band performance in chapel (no intercom chapel)
    • Band concert (7:00 PM)

  • Friday, May 6
    • NJHS Service Project— NLR CAC Field Day (9:15-2:30)
    • Senior Exams Begin (see emailed schedule)
    • AP US History Test (8:00)

  • Monday, May 9
    • Senior Exams (see emailed schedule)
    • Lights Up performing in chapel

  • Tuesday, May 10
    • Senior Exams (see emailed schedule)
    • Athletic Awards Chapel

  • Wednesday, May 11— Senior Day (special schedule)
    • Zero 8:00-8:40
    • 1st Period 8:45-9:25
    • 2nd Period 9:30-10:10
    • 3rd Period 10:15-10:55
    • Senior Chapel 11:00-12:00
    • MS 4th Period 12:05-12:35
      • HS Lunch 12:00-12:25
    • HS 4th Period 12:30-1:00
      • MS Lunch 12:35-1:00
    • 5th-7th Normal Schedule

  • Thursday, May 12
    • AP WH Test (8:00)
    • State Soccer Tournament (Harrison)

  • Sunday, May 15— Graduation (2:00 PM)


  • Thursday, May 19— Final Day of School (11:45 dismissal)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— K. Almond

  • Cafeteria PM— T. Story

  • Parking Lot AM— K. Allison

  • Parking Lot PM— J. Wilhite

  • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, M. Leverett, C. Sherrill, & D. Sullivan

  • MS Lunch— M. Johnson, C. Prestridge, & B. Spencer

  • Chapel— Admin

  • Detention— S. Quattlebaum



Resources Worth Checking Out