Standardized Testing

Today is a big day on Mustang Mountain— it’s standardized testing day!

I’m fully aware that it’s possible I might be the most excited person about giving the ACT Aspire test today. I don’t understand It, but there may be a segment of our faculty and students and parents who aren’t as excited as I am about today.

For me, I think about all the hard work our teachers and students have put in this year, and I’m confident our students will do well, so I look forward to days like today.

We’ll test today, and then on Monday we’ll be back in our daily routine and we’ll finish the year knowing the results of today’s tests won’t be given to us until mid-July. Then in July, we’ll dive into the results and assess how this year went.

But to me the school year’s success is based on so much more than the results of today’s tests.

Sure these tests are very important and the results are useful to use as we evaluate our curriculum and instructional strategies, but the success of a school year is measured by much more than test data. In fact, test data is a byproduct of what we’re about.

When we develop relationships with students, encouraging them and helping them along the way, naturally their confidence and ability increases which shows up on tests.

When we model God’s love for us and help students understand how they are gifted so they can be the people God wants them to be, they grow, and in the end their test scores improve.

When we focus on viewing our world through a Christian perspective, we teach students to think critically, which in turn, gives them skills necessary to succeed on tests.

The way our students perform on a test like today’s is a byproduct of what we’re about— loving kids, helping them know God loves them, and teaching them to think critically about the world around them.

I have no doubt our students will do well today and exceed state and national averages on this test. More importantly, I have no doubt we’ve been able to teach them much more than today’s tests will measure.


Shout-Outs
  • Congratulations to Keith and Angela Almond! This past Monday, Sadie’s adoption was finalized and she is officially an Almond!


  • I really enjoyed the STUCO campaigning and elections this week. I don’t recall students being so involved in the past, and it was a good experience for our student body. A big thanks goes to Lynnette Noble for leading the STUCO officer election process. Also deserving of a shout out is Janice Northen for creating the online ballot and making the voting process so smooth.

  • The conference track meet was a success this week despite the threat of rain. It took a lot of prep work, but everything was ready in time and the meet ran smoothly thanks to Chris Morse, Jordan Watson, Zac Stewart, Blake McNair, Hayden Cruce, Richard Burton, Kevin Lloyd, Jimmy Teigen, Doug Killgore, Danny Sullivan, Tommy Shoemaker, Andy Stewart, and Chad Tappe.

  • This evening’s JR/SR banquet is going to be a great event and our kids are going to love it. Lynnette Noble, Brittany Arnold, and Sarah Chunn have been working like crazy to get everything ready, and Jenna Thomas was at school late last night working with students to finish the stage for the Parade of Dates. This is a big night for our students, and I’m thankful so many teachers put in the effort to make it happen.

  • With the ACT Aspire testing happening this week, Tamara Hodges did an outstanding job reviewing reading strategies and critical thinking skills with her students. The kids really took their time and walked through a passage with Mrs. Hodges while she modeled reading strategies and helped her students work on difficult concepts. It was great and her students really seemed to get it!

  • The cat dissection lab is officially over and our students made it through it thanks to the leadership of Jason Gates. This year, the hallway didn’t seem quite as bad as in year’s past, so Coach Gates certainly deserves a shoutout for that.

  • With so many activities going on, I always love to see everyone work together whenever possible. Just this week, Travis Kaye was able to work with teachers to coordinate a mass rehearsal plan for their upcoming concert, Patrick Smith was able to work with the junior class sponsors to rearrange the JR/SR Parade of Dates and banquet schedule to accommodate their postponed baseball game, and James Wilhite was able to coordinate a rehearsal time for junior and high school band students to be able to practice together before their trip to Magic Springs tomorrow.

  • I love this bulletin board in Dr. Tim Vick’s classroom giving students a visual to track their Bible reading progress. What a great way to encourage students to be in the Word every day.


  • Recently, we were in a bind finding a driver for the afternoon shuttle, and Shelby Lillard stepped up and volunteered to drive. Mrs. Lillard did an outstanding job transporting our students to and from the PV campus.


Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • ACT Aspire Summative Testing (Grades 6-9) from 8:00-2:00
    • No School for Grades 10-12
    • Parade of Dates— 6:45 PM
    • JR/SR Banquet— Following the Parade of Dates
  • Monday, April 29
    • NLR Time Capsule Opening (library; during chapel; for seniors who attended NLR CAC elementary)
  • Tuesday, April 30
    • Yearbook Presentation and Awards (chapel)
    • State Track Meet (all day; Fayetteville)
  • Wednesday, May 1
    • Athletic Awards (chapel)
  • Friday, May 3
    • Week B for 7th & 8th grade 4th period rotations
  • Monday, May 6
    • Choir will perform in chapel
    • Spring Choir Concert (evening)
  • Tuesday, May 7
    • Senior Academic Awards & Scholarship Signing Day (chapel)
  • Wednesday, May 8
    • AP English 12 Exam
  • Thursday, May 9
    • Senior Exams Day #1
    • AP Chemistry Exam
  • Friday, May 10
    • Senior Exams Day #2
    • APUSH Exam
    • NJHS at CAC NLR Elementary Field Day (all day)
  • Monday, May 13
    • Senior Exams Day #3
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • Senior Exams (Make-ups)
    • AP Calculus Exam
    • Senior Day (adjusted schedule; chapel at end of the day)
  • Wednesday, May 15
    • AP English 11 Exam
  • Thursday, May 16
    • AP World History Exam
  • Friday, May 17
    • AP Music Exam
  • Sunday, May 19
    • Graduation (2 PM; Gym)
  • Wednesday, May 22
    • Semester Tests Day #1
  • Thursday, May 23
    • Semester Tests Day #2
  • Friday, May 24
    • Semester Tests Day #3
    • Final Day of School

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.



Responsibilities for the Week of April 29- May 3
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Holland
  • Cafeteria PM— T. Kaye
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Kyle
  • Parking Lot PM— B. Arnold
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall—
  • Chapel
    • Monday— Admin; Best of Video Announcements
    • Tuesday— Admin; Yearbook Presentation and Awards;
    • Wednesday— Admin; Athletic Awards Presentation
    • Thursday— Admin
    • Friday— Admin; College Athletic Signings (A. Pillow and K. Watson)

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Check the cheat sheet for the full duty schedule.

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