March 17, 2017

This Is Us

Today, as we wrap up the accreditation site visit, we’ll be given a list of several things we must improve before our next accreditation visit. While it might be uncomfortable to hear some of those suggestions as they will be a reflection on my leadership, I know that’s part of the process and I’m ready for it because I know those suggestions will make us better.

During this accreditation visit and the weeks leading up to it, I’ve felt like Professor Robert Kelly. If you haven’t seen the video below and his recent experience, I’m so thrilled I get to share this with you. Truly, I’m honored.
I’ve watched this at least twenty times and it gets better each time. I’ve even read posts that analyze it frame-by-frame and I’ve watched the follow-up interview they did four days later.

The video truly is a masterpiece… about life— home, church, school, everywhere. In all those areas, we’re trying to do that best we can do, but sometimes life just happens. Not everything goes as perfectly as planned (just ask Andy Stewart about his ELEOT observation!).

If nothing else, preparing for this accreditation visit and completing the site visit has reminded me we're not perfect— and that’s ok. We’re doing the best we can do, and we are constantly seeking ways to improve.

Thank you for making CAC great. I’ve been proud to show off and brag on our school this week… even though we’re not perfect (just like the Kelly family).

Shout-Outs
  • Around 11:00 AM on Sunday, the power went out at school… yet we had a 2:00 PM matinee performance scheduled for The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. The first estimate for power returning was 1:30 PM, but at 1:30 we had no power and then received a new estimate— 6:00 PM (which meant no show for the day). But through it all, Holly Cannon and our kids handled the situation like a champ. Thankfully, an additional performance was able to be added for Tuesday. A HUGE shout-out goes to Holly for the way she handled the situation and worked through it.

  • On Monday, Angie Diles organized a meeting with middle school teachers to plan out an exciting way for all 6th-8th graders to end the year during semester test week. The middle school teachers brainstormed some ideas with Angie leading the charge. I can’t wait to see what happens!

  • We’ve been having some internet, phone, and camera issues that past two weeks, and Karen Sullivan has been working like crazy to get those issues resolved. Thankfully, everything was up and running for our site visit yesterday. We couldn’t have done it without Karen.

  • Either this afternoon, tomorrow, or Tuesday, we have several students and faculty members who will be leaving Arkansas on a school spring break trip. Shout-outs are in order for Miranda Johnson, Jan Penrod, Melissa Leverett, Brittany Arnold, Rachel Brackins, Tommy Shoemaker, Chad Tappe, Keith Almond, and Danny Sullivan for investing their time with our kids over spring break. I hope you all have great trips!

  • We did it! We made it through the site visit. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Accreditation Site Visit
      • 7:00 am Team Breakfast at Secondary Campus
      • 8:00 am Finish ELEOT observations & meet with special groups as determined
      • Noon Working lunch with President and Principal
      • 1:30 pm ERT departs
    • Europe Trip Departs— 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 18— Spain Trip Departs (2:30 PM)
  • Monday, March 20- Friday, March 24— Spring Break
  • Tuesday, March 21— Washington, D.C. Trip Departs
  • Friday, March 24— Washington, D.C. Trip Returns
  • Monday, March 27
    • Spain Trip Returns— 8:00 PM
    • Europe Trip Returns— 11:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 30— Small School Band Festival @ CAC (pep assembly bell schedule)
  • Tuesday, April 4— 6th & 8th Grade Scoliosis, Hearing, and Vision Testing (morning)
  • Thursday, April 6- Saturday April 8— Lights Up Tour (Memphis)
  • Tuesday, April 11— An Evening at CAC (Partners’ Dinner)
  • Thursday, April 20— Spring Sports Pictures
  • Friday, April 21
    • Aspire Summative Testing (grades 6-9)
    • JR/SR Banquet
Big Picture Calendar

Responsibilities for the Week of March 27-31
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— Z. Stewart
  • Cafeteria PM— M. Johnson
  • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
  • Parking Lot PM— B. Spencer
  • HS Lunch— B. McNair, J. Gates, & K. Holland
  • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
  • Chapel— K. Quattlebaum
  • Detention— Open (any takers?)

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty.
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