CAC Friday Thoughts

Same [Beautiful] Song, Different Verse

At this time last year, I wrote a post titled “I’ll Do Whatever" (click here to read it). It was all about the craziness going on at school as we were planning the banquet, standardized testing, the ACCESS Gators meet, the Day of Service, and many other projects. In all of those cases, every time I asked someone to help out, I heard the same thing: “I’ll do whatever."

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

Leading Spring Break Trips
Helping cover classes for teachers on trips
An Evening at CAC
The River City Conference Junior High Track Meet
Standardized Testing
JR/SR Banquet
Standardized Testing Make-ups (this past Monday)
Re-scheduling chapel plans
Chaperoning the Space Camp & Lights Up trips
Covering Classes (when we’re short on substitutes)
Driving buses for Field Trips
ACCESS Gators/Day of Service

These final two months of school always feel like a sprint to the finish with a trip, game, ceremony, event, or program every night of the week, and without a “I’ll do whatever" faculty, I don’t know what we’d do!

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

Shout-Outs

  • The Aspire tests have all been finished and have been shipped off! Thank you to everyone for helping making the happen. Specifically, thank you to Tori Beach, James Wilhite, Chelsea Baber, Janice Northen, and Jan Penrod for volunteering to administer make-up tests last Monday.

  • I’ve heard great things from both the 6th Grade Space Camp Trip & the Lights Up Nashville tour. A big shout-out goes to Tamara Hodges, Hannah Stidman, Kassandra Allison, and Chad Tappe for chaperoning the Space Camp trip, and shout-outs also go to Jenna Thomas, Melissa Leverett, and Doug Killgore for chaperoning the Lights Up trip. I’m praying for continued success and a safe return.

  • The 7th Grade English projects are finished and will be displayed in the atrium today. The projects are great thanks to Angie Diles, Chelsea Baber, and a few parent volunteers. Be sure to check out the work in the atrium later today.

  • Coach Almond tested out a new review game in his classes this week— Quizlet Live. The online game randomly puts students in groups of 3 and it’s a race to the end to work together to answer 11 questions. The students absolutely loved it and the time was well spent reviewing for an upcoming test. Way to go, Coach Almond, for taking a risk and testing out the Beta version. If you’d like to learn more about it, I’m sure Coach Almond could help you out.

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

  • Chapel was GREAT this week! Even in her absence, Sarah Chunn did a remarkable job of arranging speakers, and she certainly deserves a shout-out. By the way, if you’d like to purchase the game Braden Cheesman used in chapel, it’s called Bean Boozled and it’s a lot of fun! Check it out.



Upcoming Events

  • Today, April 22
    • CAC Drumline performing in chapel (after the devotional)
    • 6th Grade Space Camp Trip Returns (evening)

  • Monday, April 25— NLR CAC Elementary time capsule opening for former CAC NLR Elementary seniors (during chapel)

  • Tuesday, April 26— Academic Scholarship Signing Day (Zero 8:00-8:35; 1st 8:40-9:15; Assembly 9:15-10:15; 2nd 10:20-10:55; regular schedule…)


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

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

  • Wednesday, May 4
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in library)
    • Band Day Tour

  • Thursday, May 5— 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)

  • Monday, May 9— Senior Exams (see emailed schedule)

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

  • Wednesday, May 11— Senior Day (chapel from 11:00-12:00)

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

  • Monday, May 16- Thursday, May 19— Semester Exams (grades 9-12)

  • Thursday, May 19— Final Day of School (11:00 dismissal)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— A. Almond

  • Cafeteria PM— S. Killgore

  • Parking Lot AM— J. Wilhite

  • Parking Lot PM— J. Thomas

  • HS Lunch— J. Gates & K. Holland

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

  • Chapel— K. Holland

  • Detention— B. Spencer



Resources Worth Checking Out










(Disclaimer: I have not yet read this book, but it’s next on my list and I can’t wait to read it! I’m recommending it in case you want to read it at the same time and discuss it.)








Mentoring

This past Tuesday’s Evening at CAC was great, and I loved hearing Gabe Lyons. Although he shared several concerning trends, he also highlighted the opportunities that are opening up around us to influence others’ lives.

One thing he shared that I need some more time to process is this: Google is now now mentoring our kids. It’s the first place many teenagers go to find the answers they’re looking for.

While that’s concerning, it’s also sheds such great light on the need for us to step into the mentoring space to influence our students. And the only way to do that is to first build relationships through trust— which is something we are really, really good at doing. We just need to keep it up!

As Gabe shared Tuesday, our students have questions and are looking for answers. Hopefully, the relationships they’ve built here will guide them to us for mentoring rather than to Google.



Shout-Outs

  • Aspire testing went GREAT today! A HUGE shout-out goes to Jan Penrod and Sarah Chunn for all the work they put in organizing things and having everything ready. Standardized testing across several grade levels is a huge endeavor, but I couldn’t have asked for a smoother day. Awesome job!

  • Thursday’s guest performance from Harding University’s Belle Canto was a very good experience for our school, and I’m thankful Tori Beach arranged it for us. I heard very positive feedback from our students, and I hope we’ll be able to have the group back next year.

  • Tuesday’s Evening at CAC was a huge success! A big thanks goes to Lisa Lancaster, Lexi Stutzman, Sonya Gates, Richard Burton, Kevin Lloyd, and David Mauldin for all the effort they put in to transform our atrium and courtyard for the event. Also. Chad Tappe deserves a massive shout-out for organizing the entire event and making it happen. Gabe Lyons was a great choice and he shared a very powerful message with our constituents.

  • Last Thursday, Angie Diles and Chelsea Baber teamed-up to create representative art projects for a novel students were reading in English 7. The projects turned out great and will soon be on display. It’s great seeing collaboration to help kids, and Mrs. Baber and Mrs. Diles certainly deserve a shout-out for their work.

  • The Junior/Senior Banquet is tonight! Brittany Arnold, Lynnette Noble, Chelsea Baber, Sarah Chunn, and Jenna Thomas have been working like crazy the last couple of weeks (and really even more than that) to get everything ready for tonight. It’s going to be a great night and our students will be very impressed. Way to go!

  • Last night’s River City Track Meet went great thanks to Chris Morse, Jordan Watson, Danny Sullivan, Chad Tappe, Tommy Shoemaker, and Doug Killgore. A special shout-out goes to Coach Morse for the extra work he put in preparing the track. Also, a shout-out goes to James Wilhite for working the concession stand last night and doing a tremendous job.



Upcoming Events

  • Friday, April 15
    • Standardized Testing Day for Grades 6-9 (ACT Aspire Testing)
    • No School for Students grades 10-12
    • JR/SR Banquet Parade of Dates (6:00; auditorium)
    • JR/SR Banquet (7:30)

  • Monday, April 18
    • ACT Aspire Make-Up Tests (beginning at 8:50; lecture room in gym)
    • Scholarship Signing (after chapel devotional) for Lyndsey Dillard and Anna-Grace Shields

  • Tuesday, April 19— CAC Drumline performing in chapel (after the devotional)

  • Wednesday, April 20
    • 6th Grade Space Camp Departure before school (return Friday, April 22)
    • Lights Up Tour Departure (after school; return Sunday, April 24)

  • Monday, April 25— NLR CAC Elementary time capsule opening for seniors (during chapel)

  • Tuesday, April 26— Academic Scholarship Signing Day (Zero 8:00-8:35; 1st 8:40-9:15; Assembly 9:15-10:15; 2nd 10:20-10:55; regular schedule…)

  • Wednesday, April 27— Access Gators/Day of Service (no classes will meet)

  • Tuesday, May 3— Academic Awards Assembly (Zero 8:00-8:35; 1st 8:40-9:15; Assembly 9:15-10:15; 2nd 10:20-10:55; regular schedule…)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— K. Allison

  • Cafeteria PM— J. Wilhite

  • Parking Lot AM— J. Thomas

  • Parking Lot PM— T. Story

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

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

  • Chapel— S. Chunn

  • Detention— M. Johnson



Resources Worth Checking Out



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An Evening at CAC

Our annual “Evening at CAC" is Tuesday, and I’m excited about our guest this year— Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians and co-author of UnChristian. On Tuesday, Gabe will share with our CAC family his thoughts, findings, and trends concerning the younger generation of Christians.

A few years ago, Gabe Lyons visited PV, and his message was one of hope and restoration. After looking back on my notes from 2013 (yes, of course they are saved in Evernote!), three key ideas jump out to me:

1. Whatever we do, we should feel called— not just employed.

2. God has given each of us a burden, and we may be the only one with that burden.

3. How or what am I supposed to restore? Ask God to give me the eyes to see things that are broken that I’ve only criticized, ignored, or have been offended by.

These are ideas that I hope I’m living by each day, I hope we’re living by as a faculty each day, and I hope we’re instilling in our students each and every day.

I’m looking forward to An Evening at CAC this Tuesday night and I hope you’ll join me.


Shout-Outs

  • Kathy Holland and Lynnette Noble did a great job of working together regarding the World History II field trip on Wednesday. A small group of seniors were scheduled to go on the trip, but they stayed with Mrs. Holland and spent the morning working on Calculus. It was a beneficial time for our students and I’m glad it was able to be worked out.

  • A big thanks goes to Chris Morse, Hayden Cruce, Richard Burton, Angela Almond, and Keith Almond for helping with bus driving opportunities this week. I love that whenever we have a need, we have bus drivers who will step up and help out.

  • Jan Penrod has done an excellent job organizing our Aspire testing schedule for next Friday. I’m anticipating a smooth day of testing, and I can’t wait to see how well our students perform.

  • Hannah Stidman, Kassandra Allison, and Tamara Hodges are gearing up for the 6th Grade Space Camp trip that’s coming up soon. They had a great parent meeting this past week and it’s going to be an awesome trip!

  • The NCAA Tournament is in the books and Carolyn Josephson was crowned our 2016 NCAA Tournament Challenge Champion. A big thanks to everyone who participated and to Jason Gates for managing our challenge.



Upcoming Events

  • Today
    • Band Field Trip (7:00-5:00)
    • Final day of cheer tryouts (both gyms closed after school)

  • Sunday, April 10- Tuesday, April 12— J. Collier in Monroe, LA for Accreditation Visit

  • Tuesday, April 12— An Evening at CAC w/ Gabe Lyons (6:30 PM); RSVP Today

  • Wednesday, April 13
    • CAC’s Annual Manners Chapel
    • Emergency Drill (2nd period)

  • Thursday, April 14— Chapel in Gym (special performance; regular time)

  • Friday, April 15
    • Standardized Testing Day for Grades 6-9 (ACT Aspire Testing)
      • 2:00 Dismissal (students); 3:15 (faculty)
      • Testing Information & Schedule: bit.ly/cacaspire; Please notify us ASAP of any conflicts
    • No School for Students grades 10-12
    • JR/SR Banquet Parade of Dates (6:00; auditorium)
    • JR/SR Banquet (7:30)

  • Monday, April 18— ACT Aspire Make-Up Tests (location TBD)

  • Wednesday, April 20
    • 6th Grade Space Camp Departure (return Friday, April 22)
    • Lights Up Tour Departure (after school; return Sunday, April 24)

  • Monday, April 25— NLR CAC Elementary time capsule opening for seniors (during chapel)

  • Tuesday, April 26— Academic Scholarship Signing Day (Zero 8:00-8:35; 1st 8:40-9:15; Assembly 9:15-10:15; 2nd 10:20-10:55; regular schedule…)

  • Wednesday, April 27— Access Gators/Day of Service (no classes will meet)

  • Tuesday, May 3— Academic Awards Assembly (Zero 8:00-8:35; 1st 8:40-9:15; Assembly 9:15-10:15; 2nd 10:20-10:55; regular schedule…)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A (Yes, it’s an “A" week again because we won’t have any rotations happening on Friday due to Aspire testing.)

  • Cafeteria AM— J. Wilhite

  • Cafeteria PM— J. Thomas

  • Parking Lot AM— T. Story

  • Parking Lot PM— D. Killgore

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

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

  • Chapel— K. Allison

  • Detention— C. Baber



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Paper Airplanes

I was reminded of something very important when the Harding University Chorus visited Tuesday.

When they arrived, they gave me a stack of 400 programs and asked for them to be handed out prior to the performance.

I hesitated at the request as several thoughts instantly went through my head
  • paper airplanes
  • paper wads being thrown
  • lots of trash left behind
  • incessant crumpling paper sounds throughout the performance
  • more airplanes

I suggested other options (hand them out in choir, have them available for students afterwards, set up a table in the lobby, etc.), but in the end, I agreed we’d hand out the papers.

As students entered the auditorium, each one was given a program, and here’s the final count after the performance:
  • paper airplanes (0)
  • paper wads being thrown (0)
  • lots of trash left (4 papers left behind)
  • incessant crumpling paper sounds throughout the performance (0)
  • more airplanes (0)

That day I was reminded of something very important— we must first teach students and then we must give them opportunities to demonstrate their learning (which is the hard part for me). However, time and time again our students have shown they can handle those opportunities and it's why I say so often, “We have great kids."

Tuesday was a minor example of just how great they are. I was proud of them and of our school, and I’m grateful for the reminder.


Shout-Outs

  • Baby Chunn has arrived! Olive Estelle Chunn was born Easter Sunday. She was 7lbs 13 oz and 19 3/4" tall. Sarah and Olive are doing great. If you would like to sign up to take the Chunn family a meal, click here to schedule your day.
  • I’ve been able to see several fun class projects this week where students were truly engaged in the learning. In Mrs. Killgore’s classes, students worked in teams to research recycling (7th grade) and animal adaptation (8th grade), and you can see their projects displayed in the science labs. In Coach Cruce’s Economics class, students have been working in groups to create a business plan modeled after Shark Tank. It’s a really fun project and gives students a chance to see the ins-and-outs of business. Today, I’m looking forward to stopping by Ms. Jamison’s Spanish I classes to hear and judge their Spanish songs.

  • The students in Tamara Hodges’ classes began creating digital storyboards using StoryboardThat. After a quick tutorial, students jumped right in and began creating some masterpieces. Mrs. Hodges plans to use the digital storytelling site for several upcoming projects and thinks it will be great for many subject areas. Be sure to stop by the computer labs today to see what Mrs. Hodges’ students are creating and to learn more about how the site may work in your class.
  • Tuesday’s visit from the Harding Chorus was great and our students loved it. A big thanks goes to Tori Beach for organizing the visit and for making sure everything was set up for our guests.

  • Coaches Miranda Johnson, Tori Beach, and Dia Watson have been working hard to get ready for cheer tryouts next week. The sign up list is impressive— our students have showed a lot of interest in joining the cheer squad and the coaches are much of the reason for it.

  • Chad Tappe is currently in South Africa working with several missionary teams! If you need him, he is scheduled to return next Thursday and he plans to be at school on Friday.



Upcoming Events

  • Today
    • Blue Out for Autism Awareness Day
    • Final Family Chapel Day

  • Monday, April 4— JH & SH Cheer Tryout Week begins (3:30-5:30— Access to both gyms will be available only to cheer participants)

  • Tuesday, April 5— Change 7th Grade 4th Period SH, S&C, & Drama Classes (originally scheduled for Monday but moved to Tuesday).

  • Wednesday, April 6
    • Faculty Meeting in Library (7:30 AM)
    • World History II Field Trip to the Clinton Library (8:00-12:30)

  • Sunday, April 10- Tuesday, April 12— J. Collier in LA for Accreditation Visit

  • Tuesday, April 12— An Evening at CAC w/ Gabe Lyons (6:30 PM)

  • Wednesday, April 13— Emergency Drill (2nd period)


  • Monday, April 18— Tax Day

  • Wednesday, April 20
    • 6th Grade Space Camp Departure (return Friday, April 22)
    • Lights Up Tour Departure (after school; return Sunday, April 24)

  • Wednesday, April 27— Access Gators/Day of Service (no classes will meet)


Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— J. Thomas

  • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber

  • Parking Lot AM— H. Stidman

  • Parking Lot PM— D. Sullivan

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

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

  • Chapel— H. Cruce

  • Detention— K. Allison



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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, March 29— Spring Sports Pictures (morning)
  • Wednesday, March 30— Athletic Scholarship Signing for Justin Flanagan (following chapel devotional)
  • Monday, April 4
    • Change 7th Grade 4th Period Rotation Classes (SH, S&C, Drama)
    • JH & SH Cheer Tryout Week begins (3:30-5:30— Access to both gyms will be available only to cheer participants)
  • Wednesday, April 6— Faculty Meeting in Library (7:30 AM)
  • Tuesday, April 12— An Evening at CAC w/ Gabe Lyons (6:30 PM)
  • Friday, April 15
  • Monday, April 18— Tax Day
  • Wednesday, April 20— 6th Grade Space Camp Departure (return Friday)
  • Wednesday, April 27— Access Gators/Day of Service (no classes will meet)

The Best Things

“God knows our hearts and our desires,
and if He called us to lead,
then the best things He wants us to do
are ahead of us, not behind us."

-Perry Noble
author, The Most Excellent Way to Lead


I read that this past week, and I knew immediately that I would share it today.

I’m certain God called each of us to CAC for this specific school year, and I’m certain He called each of us here to lead our students.

This has been a great year so far, but I’m certain the best things He wants us to do are ahead of us, not behind us.

Enjoy the break next week. Spend lots of time with family, rest, recharge, and read some great books. We’ll hit the ground running when we return, and it’s important for all of us to be at full strength as we go into the final stretch of the school year. If so, I’m certain we’ll see some of those “best things" that are ahead of us.



Shout-Outs

  • Today is Sarah Chunn’s final day of the school year (health-related issues that HIPPA prevents me from going into). We wish Mrs. Chunn all the best over the next few weeks and we can’t wait to meet new baby Chunn. Debbie Stair (CAC elementary parent & sub) has agreed to serve as a long-term substitute for Mrs. Chunn’s classes.

  • Wednesday’s “Be the Difference" assembly and luncheon was excellent and perfect for our students. A HUGE shout-out goes to Lynnette Noble for organizing the event and for giving our students such an incredible experience. Our special guest, Elizabeth Bettina, is doing some great work with her “Be the Difference" campaign, and it’s an awesome opportunity for our school to help pilot that program. Several service project ideas were shared during the luncheon with our guests, and I’m looking forward to seeing our students step up and serve our veterans in our community. Awesome job!

  • There was a slight change of plans for Hannah Stidman this week. She had a field trip scheduled to give book talks at Harding, but several students began backing out leaving her with only a handful who wanted to participate. So instead of going on the trip, Ms. Stidman’s class Skyped with the Harding education class yesterday, presenting book talks and answering the HU students’ questions. It was a great opportunity for our 6th grade students, and it was the perfect way to leverage technology to provide learning opportunities for students. Awesome job, Ms. Stidman!

  • The musical this past weekend was a HUGE success! As usual, Jenna Thomas did an amazing job of preparing our students and directing the performance. It’s exciting to see so many students involved in such a big production. They did a great job and put in countless hours of preparation.

  • The 7th graders had a great trip to the Mid-America Museum in Hot Springs this past Tuesday. A shout-out goest to Miranda Johnson for organizing the event, and to Angie Diles for chaperoning, and to Jason Gates for driving the bus and chaperoning students as well.

  • We had a lot going on last Friday (adjusted schedule, matinee performance, Faulkner University Choir, state championship basketball game, etc.). A big shout-out to everyone for making that day go smoothly. Specifically, a big shout-out goes to Shelby Lillard for getting every class covered when several teachers had other commitments and responsibilities. It was a team effort— thank you so much!

  • Congratulations to Bradley Spencer for being named the CAC Head Basketball Coach. Coach Spencer has been a tremendous addition to the CAC family this year, and I’m excited about the great things to come. If you missed, check out his interview from the recent CAC News & Notes.



Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Mar. 19— China Trip Departure

  • Sunday, Mar. 20— DC Trip Departure

  • Monday, Mar. 21- Friday, Mar. 25— SPRING BREAK

  • Wednesday, Mar. 23— DC Trip Returns

  • Saturday, March 26— China Trip Returns

  • Monday, March 28— Athletic Scholarship Signing for Justin Flanagan (following chapel devotional)

  • Tuesday, March 29— Spring Sports Pictures (morning)

  • Monday, April 4
    • Change 7th Grade 4th Period Rotation Classes (SH, S&C, Drama)
    • JH & SH Cheer Tryout Week begins (3:30-5:30— Access to both gyms will be available only to cheer participants)

  • Wednesday, April 6— Faculty Meeting in Library (7:30 AM)

  • Tuesday, April 12— An Evening at CAC w/ Gabe Lyons (6:30 PM)


  • Wednesday, April 20— 6th Grade Space Camp Departure (return Friday)

  • Wednesday, April 27— Access Gators/Day of Service (no classes will meet)


Responsibilities for the Week after Spring Break

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— T. Story

  • Cafeteria PM— M. Johnson

  • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan

  • Parking Lot PM— B. Spencer

  • HS Lunch— J. Gates & K. Holland

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

  • Chapel— K. Quattlebaum

  • Detention— A. Almond



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The Whole Child

Each day as we walk into school, we pass under banners that say, “Love the Lord with all your Heart, Soul, Mind, & Strength." The context of those banners comes from Mark 12:30-31, when Jesus is identifying the greatest commandments— to love God and to love our neighbors.

What I love about that passage is how heart, soul, mind & strength encompass the whole person, and I love how CAC’s mission is to educate the whole child— heart, soul, mind, & strength.

Our schedules have been off quite a bit this week, and today will certainly be no exception; however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing (even for a school). I love how during the final week of the grading period (which is hectic enough) we’ve had different opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom (i.e., preparing for a state championship game, listening to dynamic chapel speakers, rehearsing for our spring musical performances, hearing the Faulkner University chorus, etc.).

This week has certainly been atypical for our school because of our different bell schedules; however, it’s been very typical because we’ve been able to find different opportunities and different ways to educate the whole child. It may be hectic, but it’s a win.



Shout-Outs

  • Chapel was great this week! Miranda Johnson did a great job of lining up some outstanding guest speakers— Benjamin Neeley and Scott Dutile. I heard a lot of great feedback from students, and the messages each day were powerful and very appropriate for our students. Way to go, Mrs. Johnson!

  • Congratulations to Tori Beach and our HS choir for their performance and assessment last Friday in Searcy. They finished with a 1 in sight-reading, and 2’s in songs. Great job and way to represent the school, Mrs. Beach! Also, special thanks to Richard Burton for driving the bus to Searcy.

  • Our girls are playing in the State Championship today! How great is that!?! Way to go, Coach Q and Coach Gates! Also, special thanks to Coach Spencer and Traci Byrd for their work this season. Let’s get a win today!

  • The musical preview was really impressive yesterday, and I’m excited about the performances kicking off this weekend. Jenna Thomas, Doug Killgore, James Wilhite, Janice Northen, Danny Sullivan, and many of our students have put in a CRAZY amount of time preparing this show— and it’s going to be awesome! I can’t wait.

  • This has been a wild week! Thanks to everyone for helping cover classes and for modifying your schedules this week. We have a lot of good things happening, and it takes us all to make them happen! Thank you for the great attitude and positive support for our students.

  • We made it through the 3rd grading period— 1 more to go! Awesome job! Let’s finish strong!


Upcoming Events

  • Today, Mar. 11
    • Special 2:00 Dismissal Bell Schedule
    • Matinee Performance— 9:00-11:45 (12th grade attending)
    • Basketball Send-off— 10:53 (atrium & school entrance)
    • Faulkner University Chorus chapel performance (grades 6-11) in gym— 10:53-11:28 (following basketball send-off)
    • State Championship Game— 3:30 in Hot Springs

  • Saturday, Mar. 12- Monday, Mar. 14— Spring Musical Performances
    • Saturday, Mar. 12— 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, Mar. 13— 2:00 PM
    • Monday, Mar. 14— 7:00 PM

  • Tuesday, Mar. 15— 7th Grade Field Trip to Mid-America Museum (8:00-3:00)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 16
    • Emergency Drill (8:50-ish)
    • Special Assembly (grades 9-12)— “Be The Difference" with Elizabeth Bettina (Special Schedule)
    • Chapel (grades 6-8) in gym

  • Thursday, Mar. 17— 6th grade Harding University trip (15 students)

  • Sunday, Mar. 20— DC Trip Departure

  • Monday, Mar. 21- Friday, Mar. 25— SPRING BREAK

  • Wednesday, Mar. 23— DC Trip Returns



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— H. Stidman

  • Cafeteria PM— D. Sullivan

  • Parking Lot AM— B. Spencer

  • Parking Lot PM— T. Shoemaker

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

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

  • Chapel— J. Wilhite

  • Detention— D. Sullivan



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10 Days out of 10

As of today, we have exactly 50 days of school left— hard to believe, I know! The cyclical nature of a school year is somewhat of a paradox. On one hand, the days seem to plod along in a slow, steady rhythm day-in and day-out, but on the other hand, it always seems like the year flies by. This year is no different. We’ve been in a steady day-to-day rhythm, but the end of the school year is in sight.

During our faculty meeting this week, I hope you were encouraged and re-energized when reminded of our mission.

I hope you were challenged by the idea of 10 days out of 10.

I hope the stories Chad shared with us gave you a true sense of purpose for what we do.

And I hope you were reminded that we all— teachers and students alike— have things going on outside of school that we choose not to bring with us to Mustang Mountain, yet those things affect each of us each and every day.

As CAC teachers, we must respect our students and each other 10 days out of 10.

As CAC teachers, we must balance expectations with empathy 10 days out of 10.

As CAC teachers, we must balance consistency with compassion 10 days out of 10.

As CAC teachers, we must balance policies with grace 10 days out of 10.

Todd Whitaker says during his presentation, “10 days out of 10 sure sounds like a lot," and it certainly is; however, let’s shoot for 50 days out of 50.



Shout-Outs

  • Chris Morse and Jan Penrod have been out most of the week traveling with a group of students on this year’s college tour. It’s such a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to different colleges and different options. I’m thankful Coach Morse and Mrs. Penrod were willing to invest their time in this way for our students.

  • A big thanks goes to Miranda Johnson, Lynnette Noble, and Chad Tappe for leading in our faculty meeting this past Wednesday. Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Noble, and Mr. Tappe have all been working on individual projects to make CAC better and to offer opportunities for our students. Awesome work!

  • Earlier this week, Lights Up! performed two shows for several elementary students at the Clinton Library as part of the Dr. Seuss celebration. Jenna Thomas and the troupe put on two great performances and it was an opportunity to reach out and minister to several students from our community. Great job, Mrs. Thomas!

  • Jason Gates did a great job organizing chapel this week. The week’s theme— hot or cold— was a great message for all of us, and it was really effective having Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday tie into each other. Awesome job, Coach Gates!


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Mar. 4
    • Family Chapel
    • HS Choir to Searcy (Leave at 2:15)
    • Girls basketball vs. Star City in Malvern (4:00). With a parent note, students will be excused to check out at 2:40.


  • Friday, Mar. 11- Monday, Mar. 14— Spring Musical Performances
    • Friday, Mar. 11 (matinee performance [non-CAC student audience]; chapel in gym)
    • Saturday, Mar. 12 (7:00 PM)
    • Sunday, Mar. 13 (2:00 PM)
    • Monday, Mar. 14 (7:00 PM)

  • Tuesday, Mar. 15— 7th Grade Field Trip to Mid-America Museum (8:00-3:00)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 16
    • Emergency Drill (8:50-ish)
    • Special Assembly— “Be The Difference" with Elizabeth Bettina (Special Schedule)

  • Sunday, Mar. 20— DC Trip Departure

  • Monday, Mar. 21- Friday, Mar. 25— SPRING BREAK

  • Wednesday, Mar. 23— DC Trip Returns



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— M. Harris

  • Cafeteria PM— B. Spencer

  • Parking Lot AM— T. Shoemaker

  • Parking Lot PM— E. Schramm

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

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

  • Chapel— M. Johnson

  • Detention— T. Shoemaker



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Book Recommendation (free eBook download!)

by Perry Noble

'Tis the Season (Again)

The typical school year certainly ebbs and flows. We’ll have times where we’re energized and excited about all of the possibilities (i.e., the beginning of school), and then we’ll have times where we feel overwhelmed with the busyness around us.

Depending on our responsibilities and commitments, those times can vary, but inevitably all of us face those times. But they’re just seasons. They’ll come and go. The key is anticipating them, preparing for them, and recognizing when they’ve arrived.

Looking at the calendar for this semester, I know that in just a couple of weeks, things will get a little crazier. Students will be coming and going on field trips, athletic trips, drama performances, choir shows, band concerts, Mustang Missions projects, Access Gators, Track Attack, and several other activities. These are all experiences we want our students to have, but it’s easy to get frustrated when students miss class.

However, rather than being frustrated when students are coming and going, we need to anticipate that time and prepare in advance. Below are some solutions and tips to be thinking about.

  • Project-based Learning (PBL)- Design projects students can work on both in and out of the classroom. Students can use class time to work on their projects which gives teachers the opportunity to work alongside students and provide guidance.

  • Create online lessons and videos that students can access anywhere. By leveraging the technology our students have access to, we can really extend our classroom and students can stay caught up even when they miss an actual class. You can find several resources online for this or I’d be glad to help you get started.

  • Create a calendar of assignments and lessons and share with students and their parents. By giving advanced notice of assignments, students can work ahead they can be more proactive in getting assignments finished on time. This also shifts the responsibility of making up work to the student.

  • Don’t take things personally. If students miss class for a school activity, appreciate the experience that student had. When we allow ourselves to be frustrated by absences, more often than not, we’re focusing on how the absence affects us and our plans.

  • One of my favorites: Email your future self right now. Remind your future self to anticipate this season and to prepare accordingly next year. For a couple of years, I did this when it was close to essay-grading time. I sent my future self an email reminding me that I actually do enjoy grading essays and that I need to pace myself. The next year when it was getting close to essay time, I received an email from myself (that I had forgotten I even wrote!) and it encouraged me to power through. It may sound weird, but it’s pretty cool how well it works. Check out FutureMe.org to write your first email to your future self.

Remember, school is cyclical and every school year has ups and downs. The trick is anticipating the season and preparing in advance.



Shout-Outs

  • How cool was it that U.S. Senator Tom Cotton was able to speak to our students on Friday?! He was great, and our students really enjoyed the experience. Lynette Noble deserves a shout-out for reaching out to the Senator and for making quick arrangements for his visit.

  • We were stretched pretty thin, but we survived Winterfest Friday thanks to Shelby Lillard. She did a great job of making sure classes were covered and students were accounted for all day. Also, a HUGE shout-out goes to Melissa Leverett for volunteering to take the 10th graders (all of the 10th graders) for the morning. It was a modern-day 1-room schoolhouse in her classroom— and it was great!

  • Choirpalooza 2016 was awesome! Tori Beach planned a great day for our students and their performance was great. A big thanks goes to Janice Northen for helping with the choirs, and a thank you goes to all the MS teachers who helped supervise students.

  • The Lights Up! performance in chapel on Wednesday was very impressive. A big shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her work with Lights Up! It’s so great that our students have a voice and a platform to step up and lead our student body. Awesome, awesome job!

  • On Wednesday, I had the privilege of sitting in Mrs. Noble’s class and hearing Mike Harris teach a lesson about Vietnam War Songs. It was awesome! I knew several of the songs, but I had no idea the impact or significance they held. Hearing Mr. Harris share his passion with our students was awesome, and I’m glad Mrs. Noble and Mr. Harris were able to collaborate on the idea.

  • Our 9th grade English students are currently working on their research papers, and Brittany Arnold and Carolyn Josephson have been putting in some serious time and effort to help our students through the process. The writing process is very labor-intensive and attention to detail is critical, but Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Josephson have really helped our students. Awesome work!

  • The most recent Math and Science ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments are in the books thanks to Jason Gates, Sarah Chunn, Bradley Spencer, Janice Northen, and all of the middle school teachers who helped monitor tests during Choirpalooza. These were our final online periodic assessments, and the next Aspire test our students take will be the big one. I can’t wait! They’re going to dominate those tests.

  • Serving ice cream to seniors yesterday was a great idea because, after all, it marked the “77 days until graduation" milestone. A big thanks goes to Jan Penrod, Kathy Holland, and Kristy Quattlebaum for arranging and supervising the ice cream experience. Now, just 76 more days to go...



Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, Mar. 1
    • Spring College Tour (Sophomores & Juniors)— Returning Thursday, March 3
    • Lights Up! Performance at the Clinton Library (8:30-1:30)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 2— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in the library)

  • Friday, Mar. 4— Family Chapel

  • Wednesday, Mar. 9— End of Grading Period (2:00 dismissal)

  • Friday, Mar. 11— Spring Musical Matinee

  • Saturday, Mar. 12— Spring Musical (7:00 PM)

  • Sunday, Mar. 13— Spring Musical (2:00 PM)

  • Monday, Mar. 14— Spring Musical (7:00 PM)

  • Tuesday, Mar. 15— 7th Grade Field Trip to Mid-America Museum (8:00-3:00)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 16
    • Emergency Drill (1st period)
    • Special Assembly— “Be The Difference" with Elizabeth Betina
      • Special Schedule
      • 9th-12th grades only
      • 9:30-11:00 in the auditorium
      • 6th-8th Grade Chapel in the Gym

  • Monday, Mar. 21- Friday, Mar. 25— SPRING BREAK



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— B. Spencer

  • Cafeteria PM— T. Shoemaker

  • Parking Lot AM— E. Schramm

  • Parking Lot PM— B. Arnold

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

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

  • Chapel— J. Gates

  • Detention— H. Stidman



Resources Worth Checking Out

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Process vs. Result


It seems everywhere we look, data and test results are easily obtained, and they tell a story— it’s just important to remember that they tell part of a story.

On Wednesday, my oldest son Carson finished reading a pretty lengthy book, but when he found out there wasn’t an AR test for it, he was really bummed and thought reading it was a waste of time. Reading was a waste of time?! That definitely concerned me, and we had a great talk about the joy of reading. In the end, he was glad he read it, but I saw a glimpse of him focusing so much on the destination and forgetting about the journey.

And we all do that in so many areas of life. As Tal Ben-Shahar puts it, we view the end as a “deadline" rather than a “lifeline" that keeps us going. We forget about being in the moment and all we care about is finishing.

In the book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor says, “When we reconnect ourselves with the pleasure of the ‘means,’ as opposed to only focusing on the ‘ends,’ we adopt a mindset more conducive not only to enjoyment, but to better results." Translation: learn to enjoy the process.

  • My Economics class took a test yesterday and scores are posted on RenWeb. The results say students mastered the material (the class average was a 96%, after all), but I’m more proud of the process it took to get there— the discussions, the learning of the new material, the questions, the activities, etc.

  • Scores for last week's Aspire English Periodic Assessments are now available and ready to be disaggregated. The overall results show improvement, but I’m more proud of the process it took to get there— the class discussions, the independent reading, the guided reading, the writing practice, etc.

  • Two weeks ago, several of our students took the ACT and their scores will be available any day now. I suspect the results to be on par with our previous years’ results (which again, are pretty impressive), but I’m more proud of the YEARS of preparation our students have put in. That process has been the fun part!

We’ve had a great year so far! We’ll continue to assess our students and use data to drive our decisions, but we’ll do so knowing the process is the largest part of the journey.

I love how Hugh MacLeod put it in his blog post yesterday: Worry about the process, and the product will take care of itself.



Shout-Outs

  • Last Friday’s author visit with Kwame Alexander at PA was very fun! Thank you to Angie Diles for arranging the trip for our 6th-8th graders. Also, thank you to the MS teachers who helped chaperone the trip, as well as a shout-out to Chris Morse and Jordan Watson for driving the buses.

  • The 8th Grade Reality Fair was great yesterday! A big shout-out goes to Jan Penrod and Caroline Prestridge for organizing and running the day. Our students had a great time and were able to catch a glimpse of how real life works with budgeting and paying bills.

  • Having U.S. Senator Tom Cotton visit today is going to be great! Lynnette Noble deserves a HUGE shout-out for arranging the event and for simply reaching out months ago. I’m excited for our students and for our school as a whole.

  • Our building and grounds have been looking really good lately thanks to Kevin Lloyd, David Mauldin, and Richard Burton. A big shout-out goes to those guys for the work they put in to make sure our campus looks great, everything works correctly, and we all have everything we need. Keep up the great work!

  • The Closed Enrollment period came to an end this week, and everything went smoothly thanks to Lisa Lancaster. Lisa handled each enrollment (Pre-K thru 12th grade) personally to see that everything was completed and approved. Be sure to stop by and let Mrs. Lancaster know how much you appreciate her hard work.


Upcoming Events

  • Today, Feb. 19
    • Winterfest Weekend (several students absent)
    • Special Schedule (11:00 Assembly w/ guest U.S. Senator Tom Cotton)
    • Several teachers are absent today, too— all help will be appreciated today!

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 22 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for Math & Science (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127


  • Thursday, Feb. 25— Intercom Chapel Meetings: Beta Club & Mustang Missions

  • Tuesday, Mar. 1
    • Spring College Tour (Sophomores & Juniors)— Returning Thursday, March 3
    • Lights Up! Performance at the Clinton Library (8:30-11:30)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 9— End of Grading Period (2:00 dismissal)

  • Saturday, Mar. 12- Monday, Mar. 14— Spring Musical

  • Tuesday, Mar. 15— 7th Grade Field Trip to Mid-America Museum (8:00-3:00)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 16
    • Emergency Drill (1st period)
    • Special Assembly— “Be The Difference" with Elizabeth Betina
      • 9th-12th grades only
      • 9:30-11:00 in the auditorium (full schedule coming soon)
      • 6th-8th Grade Chapel in the Gym

  • Monday, Mar. 21- Friday, Mar. 25— SPRING BREAK



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— T. Shoemaker

  • Cafeteria PM— E. Schramm

  • Parking Lot AM— K. Quattlebaum

  • Parking Lot PM— H. Cruce

  • HS Lunch— S. Chunn, J. Gates, & K. Holland

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

  • Chapel— T. Beach

  • Detention— J. Wilhite


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by Hugh MacLeod

Perspective



At our Middle School Open House last night, we had three parents speak and offer their perspective of CAC— and it was a powerful reminder for me about our school and what our role is.

It’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in the day-to-day school things, and in turn, I miss our real purpose. Last night, I was reminded of two key things:

"The teachers help us. They back up and reinforce the Christian principles we are trying to teach at home."

"The teachers here know their students by name and by need."

These two things are what our parents are looking for. They choose CAC because they know we, too, care about their kids. They choose CAC because we, too, want our students to know they are God’s children. And they choose CAC because we, too, want to help our students by any means necessary. It’s that simple.

Not every place is like CAC, and the more I walk the halls on Mustang Mountain, the easier it is to forget just how unique and special our school really is.

Les Brown said it best: “You can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame." It was good for me to step out of the frame last night and get a better view of the picture of our school.



Shout-Outs

  • Miss Selma’s Day was great thanks to our 7th grade teachers and students. Our shadows spent Tuesday morning with us shadowing students in their classes, in chapel, and at lunch. It was a fun day!

  • Several teachers attended our Middle School Open House last night. A big thanks goes to Kassandra Allison, Hannah Stidman, Tamara Hodges, Angie Diles, Christy Sherrill, Caroline Prestridge, Jan Penrod, James Wilhite, and Lexi Stutzman for being with us and for visiting with our prospective families.

  • The school looked amazing last night! A big shout-out goes to our pod cleaners and for everyone chipping in to clean rooms, sweep hallways, and get our school looking great after a full day of teaching. Awesome job! Thank you so much.

  • Our English ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments are in the books thanks to Danny Sullivan, Sarah Chunn, Bradley Spencer, and Janice Northen. Without their help, the Aspire testing just wouldn’t happen. I can’t wait to see our results, and in a couple of months, I can’t wait for our students to take the big Aspire test. They’re going to do great!

  • Our class meetings yesterday were a little different for a few classes based on the discussions from our grade-level meetings.

    • Our 7th graders spent their time cleaning their lockers and getting organized. A big shout-out goes to Miranda Johnson for organizing the locker clean-up and leading the charge.

    • Our 9th grade teachers spent the time meeting with selected students going over transcripts and midterm grades. The idea is to help students see the big picture, to identify possible struggles, and to offer solutions. Most importantly, we’re trying to use that time to build relationships and mentoring opportunities. From what I’ve heard, it was great! Awesome job!

    • Our 10th graders spent their time playing paper-rock-scissors and eating donuts. In our grade-level meetings earlier this semester, we identified a big need for 10th graders is to have time to build relationships as a class— so that’s what we did today. It was awesome and time well spent! A big thanks goes to the 10th grade sponsors.


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Feb. 12— 6th-8th grade field trip— Kwame Alexander at PA (10:00-12:30)

  • Monday, Feb. 15— Presidents Day (No School)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16— 7th Grade will change 4th period rotation class

  • Thursday, Feb. 18
    • 8th Grade Reality Fair (during morning English classes)
    • Intercom Chapel Meetings: Spanish Club, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta

  • Friday, Feb. 19— Winterfest Weekend (several students will be absent)

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 22 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for Math & Science (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23
    • 6th-8th Grade Choirpalooza (adjusted schedule)
    • 8th Grade Parent Meeting w/ Jan Penrod (6:00-7:30 PM)

  • Thursday, Feb. 25— Intercom Chapel Meetings: Beta Club & Mustang Missions

  • Tuesday, Mar. 1- Thursday, Mar. 3— Spring College Tour (Sophomores & Juniors)

  • Tuesday, Mar. 1— Lights Up! Performance at the Clinton Library (8:30-11:30)

  • Wednesday, Mar. 9— End of Grading Period (2:00 dismissal)

  • Saturday, Mar. 12- Monday, Mar. 14— Spring Musical

  • Tuesday, Mar. 15— 7th Grade Field Trip to Mid-America Museum (8:00-3:00)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— E. Schramm

  • Cafeteria PM— S. Chunn

  • Parking Lot AM— C. Morse

  • Parking Lot PM— C. Prestridge

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

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

  • Chapel— C. Prestridge

  • Detention— A. Stewart


Resources Worth Checking Out

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We Have Great Kids


The 5th Grade Great Adventure was pretty awesome on Wednesday. I loved having the upcoming Mustang-Mountaineers on campus, and they were so excited to be here! Our student council representatives were great hosts, tour leaders, and ambassadors for our school, and they did such great job representing what I say all the time: we have great kids.

Don’t get me wrong— our students certainly aren’t perfect! They definitely make mistakes, and at times we question their judgement, but, overall, we have great kids. That’s one of the key things I love about CAC.

During the Great Adventure on Wednesday, I know several of our guests (both parents and students) came in with some concerns about moving from the elementary campuses to Mustang Mountain, but I think spending just one morning at our school and seeing our students being themselves was enough for them get a glimpse of what we’re about.

We’re heading into a stretch of the year where it’s easy to get tired, frustrated, and a little less patient. However, it’s important to remember to keep everything in perspective. After all, we really do have great kids!



Shout-Outs

  • Teresa Story did a great job of lining up our speakers for chapel this week. Tim Sitler (Monday) and Casey Rine (Tuesday) both did an outstanding job of sharing their faith with our students. Jason Gates (aka, Waldo) also deserves a shout-out for his role on Tuesday. Way to go, Mrs. Story!

  • This has been quite a week in terms of needing subs, and Shelby Lillard has done an amazing job of making sure all classes covered— and she did it with a smile on her face. Mrs. Lillard deserves a HUGE shout-out for her work this week and the great attitude that went along with it.

  • Next week will be our third round of ASPIRE Interim Assessments, and Sarah Chunn & Janice Northen have been working like crazy to make sure we’re ready to administer those tests. I’m excited to see how our students are doing and the progress they have been making this year.

  • It’s not every week we have a Tuesday Pep Rally, but it was a nice addition for the week. Tori Beach and Dea Watson deserve a big shout-out for organizing the pep rally, working with our cheerleaders, and making sure everything went smoothly. Also, James Wilhite deserves a shout-out for the band & drumline performances— both were outstanding. It’s so great seeing so many of our students involved in the pep rally, and it was also great to see the support from “the fans." Great job!



Upcoming Events

  • Today, Feb. 5
    • Family Chapel Day
    • JR & SR STUCO Officers going to Humane Society (10:40-1:00)

  • Saturday, Feb. 6— ACT Testing Day (Be sure to clean rooms and lock up valuables)

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 8 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for English & Reading (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9— Miss Selma Students Shadowing (0-4 periods)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10— Emergency Drill (6th period)

  • Thursday, Feb. 11— Middle School Open House

  • Friday, Feb. 12— 6th-8th grade field trip— Kwame Alexander at PA (10:00-12:30)

  • Monday, Feb. 15— Presidents Day (No School)

  • Thursday, Feb. 18— 8th Grade Reality Fair (during morning English classes)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23— 6th-8th Grade Choirpalooza (at school)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— K. Quattlebaum

  • Cafeteria PM— C. Morse

  • Parking Lot AM— C. Prestridge

  • Parking Lot PM— L. Noble

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

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

  • Chapel— C. Morse

  • Detention—


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Have Fun at Work Day

Yesterday was National Have Fun at Work Day (yes, it really exists), but I hope most days are Have Fun at Work Days for us. When we’re excited about learning, our students get excited about it, too. I see it all the time as I walk the halls and step into classrooms. Every day I see students who are engaged in learning activities like read-alouds, science labs, art projects, vivid history lessons, and difficult math problems— and usually an enthusiastic teacher is right beside them, actively involved in the learning.

In his book What Great Teachers Do Differently, Todd Whitaker shares this:

I knew a teacher who taught fifth grade for 38 years. She was absolutely phenomenal— the teacher you wish your own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews could have. Her spark and energy and energy never gave out. One day I asked her how she managed to stay inspired. She replied, “This is my 38th year teaching fifth grade, but for these students, it’s the first time around."

I hope we all have the same spirit about teaching— no matter how many years we’ve been doing it. Our students deserve our best every single day.

Have fun today. Stay inspired and keep inspiring!



Shout-Outs

  • A shout-out goes to Angie Diles for arranging chapel this week. On Monday, Danny Sullivan’s Bible class Skyped with Heath Amos (in Rwanda!), and Coach Sullivan did a great job of leading chapel along with the video call. On Tuesday, Adam Baker, from Harding, shared a powerful vision and painted a vivid picture for our students to understand the need for and the gift of education in Rwanda. Both days were great and I’m excited to see how our students respond to Africa Reads.

  • The faculty potluck on Monday was great! A big thanks goes to Jason Gates for organizing the meal. I’m excited to see what he has planned for February!

  • Our English teachers deserve a HUGE shout-out for the work they put in during our curriculum meeting on Wednesday. The team of Hannah Stidman, Angie Diles, Caroline Prestridge, Brittany Arnold, and Melissa Leverett spent the day mapping out our entire 6-12 English curriculum. It was a great day and the work will serve a great purpose! Awesome job.

  • A big thanks goes to Danny Sullivan for driving the PV shuttle bus on Wednesday while Richard Burton was in Minnesota (in January!) attending a worship leader’s conference.

  • Yesterday, Jenna Thomas took several drama club and theater tech students to see Peter and the Starcatchers. After the show, our students hosted drama students from Mena High School for our second acting workshop of the year. The whole day provided some great opportunities for our students— way to go, Mrs. Thomas. Also, special thanks to Jason Gates for driving the bus for the group.



Upcoming Events

  • Today, Jan. 29— Lights Up! Field Trip (8:30-11:30)

  • Sunday, Jan. 31— Honor Society Inductions (2:00)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 3— 5th Grade Great Adventure

  • Friday, Feb. 5— Family Chapel Day

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 8 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for English & Reading (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9— Miss Selma Students Shadowing (0-4 periods)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10— Emergency Drill (6th period)

  • Thursday, Feb. 11— Middle School Open House

  • Friday, Feb. 12— 6th-8th grade field trip— Kwame Alexander at PA (10:00-12:30)

  • Monday, Feb. 15— Presidents Day (No School)

  • Thursday, Feb. 18— 8th Grade Reality Fair (during morning English classes)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23— 6th-8th Grade Choirpalooza (at school)



Responsibilities for Next Week

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— S. Quattlebaum

  • Cafeteria PM— C. Prestridge

  • Parking Lot AM— L. Noble

  • Parking Lot PM— H. Cruce

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

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

  • Chapel— T. Story

  • Detention— M. Leverett


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Culture & Responsibility

Seth Godin is one of the smartest marketers on the planet and he happens to be one of my favorite authors, so this past Saturday I was thrilled to attend his Leadership Workshop. Seth took us through seven key components of leadership and provided a platform for all 545 attendees to work together in breakout discussion groups (using Slack— a messaging app for teams).

The three hours flew by as the 13 of us in Room 45 shared, debated, challenged, and questioned each other as we tried to break down and understand the leadership components Seth presented.

Here are two key takeaways for me:

  1. Culture defeats everything. You get the culture you deserve, and everyday, you have to wrestle with which corners you are willing to cut. Establishing the culture you want will drive everything you do going forward.

  1. You are given authority, but you take responsibility.

The longer I’ve been at CAC, the more I’ve grown to love it, and as my kids get older, the more excited I am that they are going to be Mustangs. Like most places, CAC has a culture unique to itself, and it’s our job to protect and nourish that culture.

For our school to be a positive learning community, we have to continue to work hard to protect our culture, to reject complacency, and to innovative. Also, we must be proactive, consistent, and relentless with our own learning, growth, and development.

Today’s cyber day is one great opportunity for us to be innovative and to leverage technology in ways we never have before, but every day provides us that same opportunity.

Remember: We are at our best when we all take responsibility for creating the culture we deserve. We have a great thing going— let’s keep it up!



Shout-Outs

  • Danny Sullivan saved the day during intercom chapel yesterday! Moments before we dismissed, I asked if he could help in the cafeteria, but due to some things that came up for me, he ended up being the only adult there to supervise. Of course, he handled it like a champ, and his help was greatly appreciated.

  • I heard several creative cyber day Ideas throughout the day yesterday. It was exciting to hear the different ways we were able to leverage technology in the event of a snow day. In the past, a snow day meant no instruction; however, now by leveraging technology, several teachers are going to be able to extend the learning in ways no possible before.

  • The teacher meetings this week went well, and we are on track to developing some great plans to help our students. A special shoutout goes to Miranda Johnson for taking the lead on the 7th grade plan this semester. Ms. Johnson is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, so this will be a great experience for her to do some real action research.

  • This past weekend, James Wilhite traveled with Brittany Martin and Kameron Byrd to Texarkana for the Four States Honor Band conference. Our students performed well and were great representatives of our school. Way to go, Mr. Wilhite!




Upcoming Events


  • Wednesday, Jan. 27— English Department Curriculum Meeting (all day)

  • Thursday, Jan. 28—Drama Club/Theater Tech Field Trip (all day)

  • Friday, Jan. 29— Lights Up! Field Trip (8:30-11:30)

  • Sunday, Jan. 31— Honor Society Inductions (2:00)

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 8 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for English & Reading (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127

  • Friday, Feb. 5— Family Chapel Day

  • Saturday, Feb. 6— ACT Testing

  • Thursday, Feb. 11— Middle School Open House

  • Friday, Feb. 12— 6th-8th grade field trip— Kwame Alexander at PA (10:00-12:30)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18— 8th Grade Reality Fair (during morning English classes)



Responsibilities for the Week of January 4-8, 2016

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— C. Prestridge

  • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble

  • Parking Lot AM— H. Stidman

  • Parking Lot PM— C. Morse

  • HS Lunch— S. Chunn, J. Gates, & K. Holland

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

  • Chapel— A. Diles

  • Detention—


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I Have a Dream


Monday is a holiday and we won’t be having school. We won’t have inservice, teacher meetings, and it isn’t a faculty work day. Have fun and enjoy the longer weekend with family.

But please remember why we won’t be having school on Monday. Take some time to read the transcript of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech or better yet, watch it here.

One of the most fascinating resources I’ve ever come across regarding the “I Have a Dream" speech is found in Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate (which is free to read online!). Duarte includes a great case study of the MLK’s speech, but then the speech is broken down beautifully in an audio/visual format called MLK’s Sparkling. The Sparkline identifies the references made to politics, songs, scriptures, and literature, and it also points out literary devices used such as repetition, visual words, and metaphors used throughout the speech (as shown below). Let me encourage you to take some time to view this and share it with others.*

Our country owes much to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for what was, what is, and what could be.




*I was unable to play the Sparkline in Google Chrome, but I was able to in other browsers.


Shout-Outs

  • Last week, Shelia Killgore headed up our Caps for Kids Mustang Missions day (with the help of several 8th graders) and we were able to raise over $1,000 for ACH. This is a great Mustang Mission project, and it’s great that Mrs. Killgore helped lead the charge. The class officers will be delivering the check next Thursday.

  • I really enjoyed having our teacher meetings this week and hearing what’s going on with each grade. Thank you for taking time to meet, share your experiences, and offer each other suggestions. I hope it was worth your time— I know it was worth it for me.

  • We had a successful fire drill on Wednesday— great job! Our official time was 2:38, which is really good considering the number of students and faculty who needed to exit the building. A big thanks goes to Kevin Lloyd, David Mauldin, & Hayden Cruce for supervising the drill. Despite some technical issues afterwards, it was a successful drill.

  • Tommy Shoemaker attended the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) conference in San Antonio this past weekend. The conference focuses on much more than just Xs and Os, and Coach Shoemaker was able to hear, learn about, and bring back resources about leadership, teamwork, and community. In fact, he recommended a great book to me!



Upcoming Events

  • Monday, Jan. 18— Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19
    • 9th Grade Teacher Meeting (8:05)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20
    • 10th Grade Teacher Meeting (8:05)
    • 7th Grade Teacher Meeting (3:35)

  • Thursday, Jan. 21
    • 8th Grade Teacher Meeting (7:35)
    • 11th Grade Teacher Meeting (8:05)
    • 8th grade class officers Caps for Kids trip to ACH (9:30-10:30)
    • Josten’s representative meeting with Juniors (during intercom chapel meeting time)
    • Elementary Open Houses (evening)

  • Friday, Jan. 21
    • 12th Grade Teacher Meeting (8:05)


  • Wednesday, Jan. 27— English Department Curriculum Meeting (all day)

  • Thursday, Jan. 28—Drama Club/Theater Tech Field Trip (all day)

  • Sunday, Jan. 31— Honor Society Inductions (2:00)

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 8 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for English & Reading (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127

  • Friday, Feb. 5— Family Chapel Day

  • Saturday, Feb. 6— ACT Testing

  • Thursday, Feb. 11— Middle School Open House

  • Friday, Feb. 12— 6th-8th grade field trip to hear Kwame Alexander (at PA)



Responsibilities for the Week of January 4-8, 2016

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— L. Noble

  • Cafeteria PM— T. Shoemaker

  • Parking Lot AM— C. Morse

  • Parking Lot PM— C. Sherrill

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

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

  • Chapel— T. Shoemaker

  • Detention— Admin


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Our Essential Intent



I enjoyed the discussion we had on Wednesday regarding our essential intent and the specific ways we should focus our energy to accomplish our overall goal. In our learning community, it’s easy to be pulled in multiple directions doing many important things, but at the end of the day, it’s also easy to wonder how much significant progress we’ve made.

Because each of us brings varying skills and abilities to CAC, and because many of us wear different hats, narrowing in on our essential intent and our focus (as shown in the left figure above) becomes somewhat difficult. I think we are more like the figure on the right, and when we are all working in concert, we will still move forward as a school.

Thinking in these terms helps keep things in perspective. Since we all work in concert with each other, decisions typically have a domino effect and impact other areas of our school. For example, field trips are typically great learning opportunities, but the opportunity cost of a full-day field trip is students will miss classroom instruction in multiple classes.

Whether the field trip is a good idea depends on our essential intent.

  • If our essential intent is to maximize classroom instruction, then no, it’s not worth it. Students should be in a classroom as much as possible.

  • If our essential intent is simply to have fun at school, then yes, it’s worth it (but is that the school we want to be?).

  • If our essential intent is be a positive, Christian learning community, then the trip is worth it because students will have an opportunity to learn together and build relationships with peers and teachers.

  • If our essential intent is to prepare students for standardized tests, then the trip may not be worth it.

Our essential intent makes all the difference in the world, it’s one decision that eliminates 1,000 decisions later, and it’s something worth making crystal clear. To help us narrow down, this semester we’re going to focus on

  1. Curriculum Alignment

  1. Communication Improvements

  1. Finding Solutions that help students

It’s going to be a great semester and I look forward to working together to reach our goals.



Shout-Outs

  • Sonya Gates did a great job getting all of our students’ schedules set and printed for our first day back on Monday. The beginning of a semester is always challenging from that perspective, but Mrs. Gates did a great job making it work!

  • The faculty potluck has been revived thanks to Jason Gates. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up, be sure to do so. It will be a fun day— way to go, Coach Gates!

  • Kassandra Allison has been looking for some ways to help her students work on math outside of class, so she started to create ShowMe videos. These videos will include homework problems and additional help for students (and parents). Awesome job, Ms. Allison!

  • Chris Morse really helped us out this week by covering study hall 4th period. With the schedule changes, some adjustments always need to get made and we need help. Thankfully, Coach Morse was able to help us with study hall.

  • We had a great first week back! What a blessing it is for our students to be around adults who love what they do. Keep being great role models and examples for our students.


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13— Emergency Drill (5th period)

  • Monday, Jan. 18— NO SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19— 9th Grade Teacher Meeting (8:00)

  • Thursday, Jan. 21— Elementary Open Houses (evening)


  • Wednesday, Jan. 27— English Department Curriculum Meeting (all day)

  • Thursday, Jan. 28—Drama Club/Theater Tech Field Trip

  • Sunday, Jan. 31— Honor Society Inductions (2:00)

  • Week of Monday, Feb. 8 — ACT Aspire Periodic Assessments #3 for English & Reading (grades 6-9)
    • 6th Grade— 6th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 7th Grade— 3rd Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 8th Grade— 5th Period (ENG M/T; READ W/TH) in Lab 126
    • 9th Grade— 1-2 Periods in Lab 126; 3rd Period in Lab 127

  • Friday, Feb. 5— Family Chapel Day

  • Saturday, Feb. 6— ACT Testing

  • Thursday, Feb. 11— Middle School Open House



Responsibilities for the Week of January 4-8, 2016

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— D. Sullivan

  • Cafeteria PM— C. Morse

  • Parking Lot AM— C. Sherrill

  • Parking Lot PM— M. Leverett

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

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

  • Chapel— T. Hodges

  • Detention—


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New Mistakes

I know I got some things right this semester, and on some things, I know I was way, way off.

My goal next semester is to get more things right and fewer things wrong. Isn’t that the definition of learning?

Tim Sanders, Yahoo!’s former Chief Solutions Officer and author of Today We Are Rich, says that when he was growing up, his grandmother would always give him this advice: It’s OK to make mistakes. Just keep making new ones.

I already know I’m going to make lots of mistakes next semester— but I want them to at least be new ones. There’s nothing worse than making the same mistakes over and over and expecting a different result (see: the definition of insanity).

To help me avoid repeating mistakes, when I experience something I don’t enjoy, I spend time reflecting on it, and I ask myself “What could I have done differently to avoid getting in this situation again?" Often, that simple reflective question helps me avoid version 2.0 of something unpleasant. Not always, but most times.

Let me encourage you to think back on the good things that happened in your classroom and with the students you work with every day. Whatever you did to make it a positive experience, plan to do that again. Then think about some of the not-so-good things that happened and ask yourself the question, “What could I have done differently to avoid getting in that situation again?" Come up with a few solutions and write them down for future use. When you do, you’ll be amazed at the results.

I envision great things for next year because we’ve had such an incredible first half mainly because of the special group of people who choose to call CAC home. Just for fun, I put all of the Fall 2015 shout-outs together to help us think back on everything that happened this semester and remember the ways everyone has stepped up to make CAC a special place. If you have some time, check it out and take a stroll down memory lane.

The spring semester will be here in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! Enjoy the break and then let’s do this school thing again… only better.


Shout-Outs

  • Last Friday’s 6th grade Holiday Fair was very impressive. Hannah Stidman’s students created some amazingly creative projects and several went all-out in dressing up. During the morning presentations, we had several guests on campus to check out what was going on. Awesome job, Mrs. Stidman!

  • A few times in the past couple of weeks, Teresa Story has volunteered to help us cover D-Hall when we were in a bind, and earlier this week, Christy Sherrill volunteered to cover zero period study hall during exams. A big thank you goes to Mrs. Story and Mrs. Sherrill for volunteering to help out when needed.

  • I know of a few teachers who took my Teacher Report Card challenge from last week. Asking students for honest feedback is risky, so well done! I hope you’re able to learn from their perspectives and to grow from asking them for feedback.

  • On Friday, Andrew Stewart passed the written portion of the CDL test and he is one step closer to joining the prestigious Class B CDL-club. Keep up the great work, Coach Stewart!

  • We made it! Thank you for making this a great semester!


Upcoming Events

  • Today, December 18
    • Last day of grading period
    • 11:45 student dismissal; 1:00 faculty dismissal (or once grades are completed)

  • Monday, December 21— Christmas Break Begins

  • Tuesday, December 22— Semester Test Make-Up Day #1 (8:00-12:00)

  • Tuesday, December 29— Semester Test Make-Up Day #2 (8:00-12:00)

  • Monday, January 4— Back to School

  • Wednesday, January 6— Faculty Meeting (7:30 in the library)



Responsibilities for the Week of January 4-8, 2016

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— C. Morse

  • Cafeteria PM— C. Sherrill

  • Parking Lot AM— M. Leverett

  • Parking Lot PM— M. Johnson

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

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

  • Chapel— Admin

  • Detention— Admin


Resources Worth Checking Out

  • READ
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  • READ
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    I write this post not to shun, not to rage, and not to put down. I write this post not to say what is right or wrong, but instead to add a little tiny piece to the ongoing discussion of where readi...




  • LISTEN TO
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  • BOOK RECOMMENDATION
    Dealing With Difficult Parents And With Parents in Difficult Situations
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Teacher Report Card

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

The interview is full of great ideas such as best practices for an innovative classroom, student project ideas, obstacles to expect from the traditional education paradigm, and great books and resources all educators should check out. My biggest takeaway, though, is that at least twice a year, Don has his students grade him. One of the questions he includes on his semester final is “What am I doing wrong?" and his students are brutally honest and he wants them to be. He says, “By the end of the semester, they know that they’re not working for me— I’m working for them. And when I’m not serving my customer base correctly, I want to know. And I actually like criticism because I know it’s aimed to make me better."

Because next week is semester tests, this idea really hit home for me and perhaps it does for you as well. What if all of us asked our students to assess how we’re doing? Educational author and speaker (and former school principal) Todd Whitaker offers these teacher report card suggestions in his book The Ten-Minute Inservice:

Does my teacher care about me as a person?

Does my teacher hold me accountable for my actions?

Does my teacher do his/her best to make class interesting?

Does my teacher help me when I am struggling?

Is this class interesting? If not, what could my teacher do to make this class more interesting?

Does my teacher allow me to actively participate in lessons?

Does my teacher treat me with respect?

Do I feel successful in this class? If not, what could my teacher do to help me become more successful?

Does my teacher enjoy teaching?

Is my teacher a good role model for me?

One thing I really like about this class is ___________________.

One thing I do not like about this class is __________________.

If I could change one thing about this class, it would be _________________.

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



Shout-Outs

  • We had several trips this week, and none of them would have been possible without the bus drivers. A big shout-out goes to Richard Burton, Keith Almond, Angela Almond, Jason Gates, and Chris Morse for helping this week. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Kristy Quattlebaum did an outstanding job getting all of the yearbook pictures taken for the clubs and winter sports. In all, twenty-two different group pictures were taken, but it ran smoothly and finished ahead of schedule. Way to go, Mrs. Quattlebaum!

  • The Band & Choir concerts and tours are in the books— and they were incredible. Tori Beach and James Wilhite have done such a great job with both programs and the feedback has been very positive. Be sure to thank Mrs. Beach and Mr. Wilhite for the work they’ve put in and the opportunities they have created for our students. Awesome job!

  • The new, real-time Memo & Attendance Google doc Shelby Lillard began using this week is working great. It’s a new way of keeping track of our students, and so far it’s been really helpful. Awesome job! (By the way, the link for the site is bit.ly/cacmemo and I add a great tip below about adding a Daily Memo icon to your iPhone home screen. Check it out!)

  • I’m already certain that this Sunday’s Mustang Christmas is going to be awesome thanks to the work Kathy Holland, Jan Penrod, Chad Tappe, Stuart Cash, and many others have put in. We’ll have 53 students attending the event and they’ll all be geared up to serve the kids at Southern Children’s Home. #forthefather

  • Thanks to Jenna Thomas, our Drama Club and Theatre Tech students had a great day yesterday! In August, Mrs. Thomas arranged for a group of our students to see The Little Mermaid at the Rep (which I heard was an incredible show). After the show, the theater students from Mena spent the afternoon on Mustang Mountain participating in a theater workshop with our drama students and some folks from Theater Squared. Both school’s students had a great time and they are already planning a second event for January.

  • Yesterday afternoon, Jan Penrod led a group of NHS students to help with their Stuff the Sleigh project. Fifteen students spent the afternoons sorting over 1600 toys, and today 35 of our students will be doing the same thing. It’s great to have so many opportunities for our students to serve. Way to go!


Upcoming Events

  • Today, Dec. 11
    • 6th Grade Holiday Fair (in the atrium)
    • NHS Stuff the Sleigh (1:00-4:00)

  • Saturday, Dec. 12— ACT Testing

  • Sunday, Dec. 13— Mustang Christmas in Morrilton (8:30-3:00)

  • High School Semester Test Plan
    • Tuesday, Dec. 15— 7th period semester tests
    • Wednesday, Dec. 16— 1st & 4th period semester tests
    • Thursday, Dec. 17— 2nd & 5th period semester tests
    • Friday, Dec. 18— 3rd & 6th period semester tests



Responsibilities Next Week

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— C. Sherrill

  • Cafeteria PM— M. Leverett

  • Parking Lot AM— M. Johnson

  • Parking Lot PM— C. Baber

  • HS Lunch— S. Chunn, J. Gates, & K. Holland

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

  • Chapel— E. Schramm

  • Detention— Admin


Resources Worth Checking Out












Numbers & Results

Even though I have an English background, deep down I’m a numbers guy. They’ve always fascinated me. Numbers represent problems to be solved, numbers provide solutions, and numbers tell stories.

For the past 11 weeks I have been leading a Financial Peace University (FPU) class at our church, and we just finished our final class on Wednesday. FPU is a class that teaches how to budget, save, and invest money, how to eliminate debt, and it also teaches about investments, insurance, and mortgages. I’ve taught the class six times and it never gets old. Here’s what our class of 10 families just accomplished in 11 weeks:

Non-Mortgage Debt Paid off: $33,507
Money Saved: $53,200
Credit Cards Cut Up: 24

That’s an average of $3,350 of debt eliminated plus $5,320 saved for each family… in 11 weeks! What a great beginning to an awesome story! If everyone in the class keeps up the intensity, just imagine what the future will look like.

Also earlier this week in our faculty meeting, I shared some numbers & results from a student technology survey— and the reactions were mixed, but maybe that’s because not everyone is a numbers person. I simply wanted to share the results and spark some conversations because they represent problems to be solved, they provide solutions, and they tell stories.


The survey results above tell the greatest story to me— most of our students have devices even if we don’t see students with them at school. (Click here for the full results.)

Our job now is to take these numbers and results and begin leveraging the technology students have available to them. It forces us to be creative, to learn new things, and take risks— which sounds a lot like what we ask students to do— and if we want students to do that, we must model it. And just like in our FPU class, we need to encourage each other and help other stay on track. In 11 weeks, the class made some incredible financial progress— just think what we could accomplish as a school in that same amount of time!

I’m looking forward to the challenge and want to be a resource if possible.



Shout-Outs

  • The 6th grade Egypt Day was a huge success! We had so many parent volunteers here to help, but our 6th grade team of Tamara Hodges, Kassandra Allison, and Hannah Stidman put in tons of work to make the day awesome for our students. A special thanks goes to Carolyn Josephson, Traci Byrd, and Bradley Spencer for helping out as well. What an awesome way to end the week before Thanksgiving break!

  • The annual OrthoArkansas Tournament is up and running thanks to Doug Killgore, Miranda Johnson, and Traci Byrd (that’s two shout-outs in one week for Traci Byrd if you’re counting at home). A lot of work goes in to making the tournament run smoothly, and no doubt, this year’s tournament will be a success. Way to go!

  • Our varsity football team experienced a lot of success this season, but unfortunately things didn’t go our way last Friday night. A HUGE shout-out goes to Tommy Shoemaker, Hayden Cruce, Chris Morse, Jordan Watson, Stuart Cash, and Joe Adams for the crazy amount of time, work, and effort they put in to coach our kids. I still remember many of the lessons I learned on and off the field in high school, and there’s no doubt our players will always remember the lessons these coaches taught them about life, competition, perseverance, teamwork, and so much more. Way to go, guys!

  • Tori Beach and James Wilhite have been putting in extra hours to prepare our choirs and bands for their upcoming performances. The concerts are going to be great and our students will be able to display their impressive abilities thanks to Mrs. Beach and Mr. Wilhite. Be sure to make plans to attend both of the concerts next week.


Upcoming Events

  • Today, Dec. 4
    • Lights Up! performing at Crystal Hill Elementary, Boone Park Elementary, & ACH (8:45-12:00)
    • Family Chapel
    • Choir concert rehearsal (3:30-5:00)

  • Sunday, Dec. 6— Choir Concert (2:00)

  • Monday, Dec. 7— Choir Christmas Day Tour (8:00-3:00)

  • Tuesday, Dec. 8— Winter Sports & Club Pictures

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9
    • College Signing in Chapel (Bailey Zini)
    • Emergency Drill (4th period)

  • Thursday, Dec. 10
    • Drama Club Field Trip to The Rep (9:15-1:30) and improv workshop (1:30-3:30)
    • Band performing in chapel (chapel in auditorium)
    • Band Christmas Concert (7:00 PM)
    • NHS Stuff the Sleigh (1:00-4:00)

  • Friday, Dec. 11— NHS Stuff the Sleigh (1:00-4:00)

  • Saturday, Dec. 12— ACT Testing

  • Sunday, Dec. 13— Mustang Christmas in Morrilton (8:30-3:00)

  • High School Semester Test Plan
    • Tuesday, Dec. 15— 7th period semester tests
    • Wednesday, Dec. 16— 1st & 4th period semester tests
    • Thursday, Dec. 17— 2nd & 5th period semester tests
    • Friday, Dec. 18— 3rd & 6th period semester tests



Responsibilities Week of Dec. 7-11

Week A

  • Cafeteria AM— M. Leverett

  • Cafeteria PM— M. Johnson

  • Parking Lot AM— H. Cruce

  • Parking Lot PM— A. Jamison

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

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

  • Chapel— B. Arnold

  • Detention— H. Cruce


Resources Worth Checking Out












The Five-Minute Journal


My bookshelf is lined with journals of different shapes and sizes (I even have two Evernote journals!), but for some reason, I’ve never become a journaler. However, this past year I discovered The Five-Minute Journal, and while I still struggle to write regularly, it’s by far the most-used journal I’ve ever owned.

With each journal entry, I start my day
  • Recognizing three things and/or people I’m grateful for
  • Identifying three things that will make each day great
  • Setting goals for the day in the form of an affirmation
    • I am committed to (activity) (frequency) so that I can (ideal outcome) by (deadline) .
    • Example: I am committed to exercising for one hour four days next week so that I can eat whatever I want next Thursday.

And I end my day
  • Appreciating three amazing things that happened
  • Reflecting on something I wish I had done better or differently

I’m still not to the journaling level I’d like to be, but I appreciate this journal and the way it’s shaped my perspective on life and God’s blessings.

You don’t necessarily need to purchase The Five-Minute Journal, but let me challenge you to journal the answers to these five reflection points for one week. I’m certain you’ll grow from it and really appreciate the ways God is blessing your life.



Shout-Outs

  • Once again, Jenna Thomas and the CAC Drama Department put on some great performances this past weekend. The Fall One-Acts were very funny and it was great seeing so many of our middle school and high school students involved. Awesome job, Mrs. Thomas!

  • Yesterday, Keith Almond’s Old Testament Survey class Skyped with a missionary from Mazatlan, Mexico. Coach Almond’s class has been studying Exodus and talking about God calling Moses, and they used that context to ask questions about God calling people to the mission field. Our students asked some great questions and it was a fun experience. Way to go, Coach Almond!

  • Tamara Hodges & a few of our 6th graders delivered over 1300 pairs of socks to The Stewpot this past Monday. Our kids had a great time and the socks were much appreciated! Way to go!

  • Today is going to be a fun day on Mustang Mountain for our middle school students. Our 6th graders will be having an Egypt Day where they will participate in many Egypt-related activities all around the building. Our 7th graders have been creating movies in Arkansas History class, and today is the premier. In 8th grade Earth Science, students created volcanos and they will be exploding (outside, of course!) throughout the day. What a great way to end the week before Thanksgiving break!



Upcoming Events


  • Monday, November 23- Friday, November 27— Thanksgiving Break

  • Friday, November 27— Gym floors being refinished

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1— Faculty Meeting in the library (7:30)

  • Friday, Dec. 4— Lights Up! performing at ACH (10:30-12:00)

  • Sunday, Dec. 6— Choir Concert (2:00)

  • Monday, Dec. 7— Choir Christmas Day Tour (8:00-3:00)

  • Thursday, Dec. 10
    • Drama Club Field Trip to The Rep (9:15-1:30) and workshop (1:30-3:30)
    • Band performing in chapel (chapel in auditorium)
    • Band Christmas Concert (7:00 PM)

  • Saturday, Dec. 12— ACT Testing

  • Sunday, Dec. 13— Mustang Christmas in Morrilton (more details to come!)

  • High School Semester Test Plan
    • Tuesday, Dec. 15— 7th period semester tests
    • Wednesday, Dec. 16— 1st & 4th period semester tests
    • Thursday, Dec. 17— 2nd & 5th period semester tests
    • Friday, Dec. 18— 3rd & 6th period semester tests



Responsibilities Week of Nov. 30--Dec. 4

Week B

  • Cafeteria AM— M. Johnson

  • Cafeteria PM— H. Cruce

  • Parking Lot AM— A. Jamison

  • Parking Lot PM— K. Holland

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

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

  • Chapel— Admin

  • Detention— K. Allison


Resources Worth Checking Out











  • BOOK RECOMMENDATION The Thanksgiving Reader (a free PDF download from Seth Godin to be read together around a Thanksgiving meal— very cool! )