Building Bridges

“We have to build bridges of relationships that will bear the weight of truth." —Dr. Tim Elmore

Listening to Dr. Tim Elmore speak last Monday was a great way for us to begin the school year. He did a wonderful job reminding us of the impact we have as educators, while also challenging us to be relevant to today’s student. As we’ve been getting into the swing of things this first week of school, I’ve been thinking a lot about the anxiety levels of our students and what we can do to address that issue.

And I keep coming back to relationships.

Establishing and building relationships is one critical thing we can do to remain relevant and aware of the anxiety levels of our students. When they’re stressed and anxious— and they are often stressed and anxious— it’s the relationship we have with them that allows us step in, to be relevant, and to speak truth into their lives.

Time and time again, when we talk about what makes CAC such a special place, students, alumni, parents, and guests often mention one common theme— the relationships between students and teachers— and that’s not by accident. It happens because we’re intentional and genuinely want to build those relationships.

I’m excited about this year and the opportunities in front of us. Each of our students brings unique gifts, talents, abilities, challenges, and struggles with them. By building relationships, we’ll be able to build bridges that will bear the weight of truth that will enable our students to mature, to become more independent, and to grow in their faith.

This is going to be a great year, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Mustang Mountain!


Shout-Outs
  • The first week of school is always chaotic for Sonya Gates, Jan Penrod, Carrie Vick, and Shelby Lillard, but they’ve all done a remarkable job staying positive, changing schedules, dealing with locker issues, and answering questions. Be sure to tell them thanks.
  • For four days this week, “7th and 8th graders— please stay after chapel" has been on the announcement list as we’ve tried to navigate our new MS elective options. A HUGE shout-out goes to Chris Morse, Jenna Thomas, Travis Kaye, Chelsea Baber, and James Wilhite for working together to iron out the details, to rethink our plan, and to come up with the best way to serve our students. This year is going to a great year in middle school and I’m excited to see all the ways our students excel in fine arts.
  • Kevin Lloyd and David Mauldin have been killing it this week repairing lockers, moving desks, cleaning up messes, fixing ceiling tiles, and doing anything else that needs to be done. Our campus looks great, things are going smoothly, and we’re off to a great start thanks to these guys. Be sure to give them a big thanks next time you see them.
  • Joe Gafford, Tim Vick, Matt Hall, and Gee Santos made it through their first week on Mustang Mountain! I’m so thankful these men have joined our faculty, and I know our students are blessed to have such great teachers.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Senior Day (9:00-3:00; A. Stewart out 9:00-11:30; J. Collier out 11:00-3:00; J. Penrod & Senior Class sponsors out all day)
    • The Wave
      • Atrium doors open at 6:45 PM
      • Devo in Atrium- 7:00
      • Shuttle Bus & Departure- 7:45 (Drivers Needed-- If you're there and can drive a bus, bring your keys. We'll figure out a plan before the devo.)
      • Wild River Country 8:00-10:00
        • All staff/faculty are invited to join us and ride some crazy water slides (or just hang out) at no cost.
        • Spouses are welcome and we'd love for your spouse to come to this event and interact with our kids who you spend time with every day.
        • Staff/faculty should not bring their elementary/young children to this event so we can all focus on spending time building relationships with our students.
      • The Post-Wave Waffle House Mistake (Faculty/Staff)- 10:45-? (The old Maumelle Waffle House-- not the clean new one.)
  • Tuesday, August 21
    • 11th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 6th Grade Level Meeting— 3rd period (conference room)
    • 7th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
  • Wednesday, August 22
    • 10th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45- 8:15 AM (conference room)
  • Thursday, August 23
    • 8th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
    • PFTA Spirit Wear Fashion Show (after chapel devotional)
    • Secondary Campus Open House-- ALL HANDS ON DECK (6:30 PM)
  • Friday, August 24
    • 9th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
    • 12th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
    • Meet the Mustangs (6:30 PM; Gym)
  • Tuesday, August 28
    • Family Chapel Lists Finalized & Posted
    • Yearbook Staff Field Trip (8:00 AM-3:30 PM)
  • Thursday, August 30
    • Fall Sports Pictures
    • Family Chapel Kick-Off
  • Friday, August 31-- Faculty Meeting (Library; 7:30 AM)
  • Monday, September 3-- No School (Labor Day courtesy of Senator James H. Kyle from Cedarville, Ohio)

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.



Responsibilities for the Week of August 20-24
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM-- J. Northen
  • Cafeteria PM-- C. Prestridge
  • Parking Lot AM-- D. Sullivan
  • Parking Lot PM-- J. Thomas
  • Lunches-- Coaches
  • D-Hall-- Admin
  • Chapel-- Admin
    • Monday-- Admin
    • Tuesday-- Admin
    • Wednesday-- Worshipful Wednesday
    • Thursday-- Admin; PFTA Spirit Wear Fashion Show
    • Friday-- STUCO

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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