The Start
What a great start to the school year! I’ve heard so many positive stories from students who are excited about what’s in store for this year and how much they love being on Mustang Mountain. I love being surrounded by students who genuinely like being together at school each day, but what’s really awesome is that I’ve also heard the same stories from our staff— and I love to hear them! I love working with teachers who love their job and truly care about each of our students.

In yesterday’s reading of My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers writes:

“Look at God’s incredible waste of His saints, according to the world’s judgement. God seems to plant His saints in the most useless places. And then we say, “God intends for me to be here because I am so useful to Him." Yet Jesus never measured His life by how or where He was of the greatest use. God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be."

I am confident God has placed each of us here at CAC for His purpose— whatever that might be. All that He asks is that we walk with open hearts to love, open eyes to see, and open hands to care. When we do that, He’ll take care of the rest.

When I look at our faculty, that’s what I see— adults with open hearts who love young people, adults with open eyes who truly see our students, and adults with open hands ready to serve our school. Because of that, God will be able to do some amazing things.

We may not know exactly what He has in store for our school this year, but we can be sure it’ll be eventful. Enjoy the ride! The fun is just beginning.

  • Last Thursday’s New Student Orientation was a great kick-off to the school year. A big thanks goes to Tamara Hodges, Kassandra Allison, and Jimmy Teigen for leading informational sessions. Parents and students are both excited and anxious about being new to the Mountain, but our 6th grade team did a great job of explaining some specific procedures and putting our new families at ease.

  • Every year when we start school, we inevitably have locker issues and need to make schedule changes. Shelby Lillard, Jan Penrod, and Sonya Gates have done a great job working with students and helping them quickly and with a smile. Hopefully all will smooth out in the next week.

  • Our STUCO has done a great job this year decorating our building, helping with New Student Orientation, handing out schedules on the first day of school, and by finding different ways to serve. A big shout-out goes to Melissa Leverett for her leadership and the work she’s done with our STUCO. It’s a great group of students and it's going to be a great year!

  • Our seniors came to school a few hours early on Wednesday, and they made quite a mess. A big thanks goes to Danny Sullivan, Chad Tappe, Andy Stewart, David Mauldin, Kevin Lloyd, and everyone else who helped clean up that morning. It wasn’t exactly how I like to start the best day of the year, but we got it cleaned up pretty quickly.

Upcoming Events
  • Tonight— The Wave
    • Atrium doors open at 6:45
    • Devo in the atrium begins at 7:00
    • Wild River Country from 8:00-10:00
  • Monday, August 14— CDL In-Service (6:00-9:00 PM; Library)
  • Thursday, August 17— Open House (6:30-8:30 PM) *All hands on deck!
  • Monday, August 21— Eclipse Day (special bell schedule TBD)
  • Friday, August 25— Meet the Mustangs (evening)
  • Tuesday, August 29— Football Game vs. Mayflower @ War Memorial Stadium (Pep rally w/ adjusted bell schedule)

Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— C. Sherrill
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
  • Parking Lot PM— TBD
  • HS Lunch— C. Morse, B. McNair, H. Cruce
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, T. Hodges, J. Thomas
  • Chapel— Admin
  • Detention— Admin

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

Important School Documents Quick Reference

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth (and some to just make you laugh)

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Book Recommendation

About the Book (from Amazon)
The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate the philosophies that cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, good leaders can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address.

In Axiom: The Language of Leadership, author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories … 1. Vision and strategy (“Promote Shameless Profitability," “Take a Flyer") 2. Teamwork and communication (“Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn’t for Hire," “Disagree without Drawing Blood") 3. Activity and assessment (“Develop a Mole System," “Sweat the Small Stuff") 4. Personal integrity (“Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up," “Fight for Your Family") …Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader’s journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead.