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!


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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