What We Value

Sometimes I'm naïve and think school’s all about academics— math, English, science, history— but the academics are just a portion of “school." Along with academics, school is also about the social, spiritual, and physical lives of our students (truly “mind, body, and soul").

Tuesday's intruder/lockdown drill reminded me of that, and it reinforced the core values I shared at the beginning of the year,

Core Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Classroom Instruction

At CAC, above all else, we should model Christ in all we do. We do that by extending grace and patience while at the same time having high standards. Jesus perfectly balanced compassion, grace, and love with correction, justice, and consistency… and we should do the same to the best of our abilities. Some situations are easier than others, but in the end, each situation we encounter is an opportunity to model Christ.

Our second value is safety and security, as we were reminded this week. Our students should feel safe and secure at school, and as teachers, it’s our responsibility to create that environment to the best of our ability. That’s why we had a training last week with police officers last week and conducted a drill as a school. That’s why we took time in class and during chapel to answer student questions. That’s why we do simple things like locking classroom doors, checking attendance, monitoring students in the hallways and classrooms, and enforcing our policies about doors. Each day, it’s our small actions and attention to detail that help our students feel safe and secure.

Our third value is school first—making decisions with the whole school in mind rather than our own classes. There are so many moving parts throughout a school day, that small changes have major impact. For instance, when the bell rings, keeping students longer impacts multiple teachers because the students in class are most likely going to be late to several different classes. Keeping them late may benefit your class, but it negatively impacts several. It’s important we all remember we are part of a larger picture, and it’s important we step back and see the whole frame and consider how each decision impacts others.

Finally, it’s time for classroom instruction— but not before we’re modeling Christ, our students feel safe and secure, and we’ve made decisions with the school in mind. A teacher’s main job responsibility is to teach, but without the first three values in place, the classroom environment will suffer and the school culture will be negative; however, with the first three values, the environment is set for quality instruction to take place and the culture of the school is one where we are all working together.

Granted, it would be a lot easier to be naïve and focus only on the academics— but that’s not all school is about, and it’s certainly not what our school is about. In order to inspire excellence, independence, and a transforming faith in God, we need to be about the “body, mind, and soul" of each of our students.



Shout-Outs
  • Split chapel last Monday went great and it was a perfect way to start the week. A big thanks goes to Angela Kyle for organizing both chapels and making sure everything was prepared for both.

  • Congratulations to Travis Kaye and the HS Choir for qualifying for State a couple of weeks ago. The 7th & 8th grade choirs also went on a spring tour this week and gave two great performances. Also, a big thanks goes to Keith Almond and Janice Northen for helping chaperone the trip.




  • Our intruder drill training with teachers and the drill as a school went very smoothly thanks to Hayden Cruce. Coach Cruce has done a great job managing our emergency plans and coordinating with local authorities to make sure we have a sound plan and are prepared for emergencies.

  • The musical last weekend was AMAZING! Jenna Thomas has worked countless hours directing the show and getting our students ready. This is one of the biggest productions we’ve done, and it was so great seeing so many students involved in the production.


  • Congratulations to Steve Quattlebaum and Jason Gates for an outstanding season capped off with a State Championship on Friday. This has been a fun season and it was great seeing our students get behind the team.


  • Monday’s author visit with Obert Skye was a whole lot of fun, and our students loved it. Angie Diles deserves a huge shout-out for organizing the visit and giving our students such a great opportunity. It was good having students from Harding Academy join us for chapel, lunch, and the visit.

  • A big thanks goes to our shuttle bus drivers last Friday for the matinee and on Monday for the author visit. Chris Morse, Richard Burton, James Wilhite, Danny Sullivan, Jordan Watson, Hayden Cruce, Bradley Spencer, and Keith Almond stepped up and really helped. We couldn’t have done it without them!

  • The annual CAC March Madness Bracket Challenge is underway thanks to Jason Gates. Eighteen brackets were submitted, and to all who are in the challenge— may the odds be ever in your favor.

  • A big thanks goes to Caroline Prestridge, Tamara Hodges, and Melissa Leverett for covering detention this week.

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23— Spring Break
  • Monday, March 26
    • *Tentative* Special Assembly (adjusted morning schedule)
    • Cheer Clinic (4:15-5:30; small gym will be closed)
  • Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30— Reading & English Aspire Interim Assessment #3
  • Tuesday, March 27— Cheer Clinic (4:15-5:30; small gym will be closed)
  • Wednesday, March 28
    • Monthly Emergency Drill (7th period)
    • Cheer Tryouts (4:00-6:00; both gyms closed)
  • Thursday, March 29— Cheer Tryouts (4:00-6:00; both gyms closed)
  • Friday, March 30
    • No School (Good Friday)
    • Cyber Day #2
  • Monday, April 2- Friday, April 6— Math & Science Aspire Interim Assessment #3
  • Wednesday, April 4— Spring Sports Pictures
  • Thursday, April 5— Drama Club Field Trip (9:30-1:30)
  • Friday, April 6
    • Cyber Day #2 Assignments Due
    • Evening at CAC Partners’ Dinner (6 PM)
  • Wednesday, April 11- Friday, April 13— Space Camp (6th Grade)
  • Friday, April 20
    • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 6-9)
    • No School for students 10-12 grades
    • Parade of Dates & JR/SR Banquet (6 PM)

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.



Responsibilities for the Week of March 26-30
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Allison
  • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
  • Parking Lot AM— M. Leverett
  • Parking Lot PM— B. Spencer
  • HS Lunch— A. Jamison, J. Gates, & B. Spencer
  • MS Lunch— C. Sherrill, J. Wilhite, & A. Kyle
  • Chapel— K. Quattlebaum
    • Monday— K. Quattlebaum (Special Assembly Tentatively Planned)
    • Tuesday— K. Quattlebaum
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Intercom Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO
  • Detention— A. Almond

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Click to Download PDF of Duty Schedule.

Meeting Schedule
  • No meetings this week (Spring Break)


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4 Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Quality Instruction

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