Friday Thoughts— February 10, 2017



Make The Jump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

*Click here for complete 16-17 Duty Schedule

Resources Worth Checking Out for Personal and Professional Growth



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


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Chapter from Quick Answers for Busy Teachers


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

Book Recommendation

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Kindle version currently on sale for $2.99!