10 Reasons I’m Proud of CAC
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it dawned on me that as educators, we’ve been trained to identify problems— which in reality, means we spend much of our time focusing on the negative in order to create a positive. Todd Whitaker points out, "Sometimes we get so involved in ‘fixing’ that we forget to revel in what is working." We can’t fall into that trap! CAC is a great school with so many things to be proud of, so I jotted down a list of 10 reasons I’m proud of our school.
- Mustang Missions and its impact on our students and our community. Just last week, we were able to donate 125 boxes of Thanksgiving meals.
- Having daily Bible classes and daily chapel. Both are foundational principles we have been able to follow year after year. Chapel is such a critical element of our school culture because it’s an opportunity to confess what we value, it’s an opportunity to worship God together, and it builds community.
- We have great kids with good hearts. A great example of that is the History Club’s Veterans Day assembly and reception this past Monday. Our students led the charge and created a great event for our guests.
- We have actively supportive parents— many serve and pray for our school on a daily basis. Most schools crave some parental involvement, and our parents are all over it!
- We have a common faith among our faculty and staff. Having grown up in a public school and then teaching at one for several years, I have really come to value being surrounded by Christian examples each and every day. They hold me accountable and serve as great role models as we all grow in our faith.
- We have a positive, caring environment, and our students and faculty genuinely want the best for each other. Two key questions I hear often when we’re making decisions: What’s best for this student? What’s best for all our students?
- We are a school built on community and relationships. It’s one of the first things anyone notices when visiting our school— our students really feel connected and value the relationships they have with teachers and other students.
- We work hard to meet the needs of our diverse students. We’re creative, we work within our boundaries, and we do our best to reach each and every student.
- We provide various extra-curricular activities for our students to help them discover their strengths, and we have teachers who invest countless hours into our school, our students, and our programs.
- I have three elementary-age Mustangs who can’t wait to one day be a student on Mustang Mountain. They are looking up to the older kids, and they have some amazing role models to follow.
Despite our training and desire to identify problems in order to find solutions, I want to encourage you to think about the reasons you’re proud of our school. The more you focus on what’s good, the more good you will see.
Creating a list of reasons I'm thankful for CAC was a lot of fun and encouraging for me to do. We should all take some time to jot down our own lists. I’d love to read what you come up with if you’d like to share.
Have a great Thanksgiving break!
- Last Friday was a cRAzY day on Mustang Mountain with chapel in the gym, Christyn’s signing, and the matinee performance. A big thanks goes to everyone for making it a successful day!
- The Diary of Anne Frank was an amazing production, and I was so proud of our students for their work. A big thanks goes to Jenna Thomas for directing the production and giving our students an opportunity to share such an amazing story.
- Monday’s Veterans Day assembly and reception couldn’t have gone better! A big thanks goes to Lynnette Noble and the History Club for organizing the even. Also, shout-outs are in order for James Wilhite and Travis Kaye for leading during the assembly, and to Richard Burton, Bradley Spencer, and Chris Morse for helping with the elementary shuttle buses.
- Our Feeding the Multitude mission was certainly a success this year! We met our goal of 125 boxes, and in all, 287 Thanksgiving boxes have already been distributed by PV to area families. This is such a great ministry opportunity, and I’m thankful Erik Schramm and Stuart Cash for their leadership and encouragement!
- The CAC archery program is up and running (or should I say locked and loaded, eh?) thanks to Doug and Sheila Killgore. The team will practice in the cafeteria and will compete with area schools. We plan to host (in the gym) two events in January. I look forward to a great year!
- Monday, November 20-Friday, November 24— Thanksgiving Break
- Monday, November 27— Return from Thanksgiving Break
- Friday, Dec 1— Art 1 Field Trip (1:00-2:45)
- Saturday, Dec. 2— JH All-Region Band Auditions
- Monday, Dec. 4-Tuesday, Dec. 5— Collier Out (ANSAA Accreditation Visit)
- Tuesday, Dec. 5— Lights Up to ACH (11:45-1:30)
- Wednesday, Dec. 6
- Monthly Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
- Secondary Campus Track Attack (afternoon)
- Thursday, Dec. 7
- Lights Up Day Tour (Memphis)
- Elementary Track Attack (all day)
- Friday, Dec. 8— Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
- Saturday, Dec. 9— ACT Testing
- Sunday, Dec. 10— Mustang Christmas
- Wednesday, Dec. 13— Band Christmas Tour (all day)
- Friday, Dec. 15— Semester Tests
- Sunday, Dec. 17— Band/Choir Concert & Art Show (2PM)
- Monday, Dec. 18— Semester Tests
- Tuesday, Dec. 19
- Semester Tests (11:45 dismissal for all students)
- End of Grading Period/Semester
- Grades due before leaving for break
- Wednesday, Dec. 20- Tuesday, Jan. 2— Christmas Break
- Wednesday, Jan 3— First Day of 2nd Semester
Responsibilities for the Week of November 27- Dec. 1
- Cafeteria AM— K. Holland
- Cafeteria PM— B. Arnold
- Parking Lot AM— S. Quattlebaum
- Parking Lot PM— M. Leverett
- HS Lunch— J. Gates, B. Spencer, H. Cruce, & C. Morse
- MS Lunch— P. Smith
- Chapel— I. Thomas
- Monday: I. Thomas
- Tuesday: I. Thomas
- Wednesday: Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
- Thursday: Intercom Chapel (History Club meeting)
- Friday: STUCO
- Detention— Open (any takers?)
Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Click here for duty schedule.
4 Values (in rank order)
- Model Christ
- Safety & Security
- School First
- Quality Instruction
Important School Documents & Links
- ACT Aspire Tutorial Video (password: cacaspire) *NEW*
- Bell Schedules PDF (updated)
- Book Distribution and Return Form
- Bus Driving Sign-Up
- CAC Library Online Catalog
- Classroom Observation Rubric (ELEOT)
- Class Sponsors & Meeting Information
- Computer Lab Request Form
- Daily Announcements (CAC Website)
- Daily Memo
- Duty Schedule
- ELEOT Classroom Observation Sign-Up
- ELEOT Observation Information & Rubric
- Fall Sports Schedules (CAC Website)
- Master Schedule
- Middle School Bell Schedule Chart
- School Policies & Forms (CAC Website)
- Secondary Campus Faculty Appendix
- Semester Test Schedule *NEW*
- Student Handbook
- Work Request Form
Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth
I heard Tim Elmore speak at the ANSAA Annual Conference this past Tuesday, and he was incredible! These are his new two books that I’m looking forward to reading over the break.
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