In Full Swing
Open House is the official “we’re in full swing now" moment for me. By Thursday, student schedules are finalized, forms have been submitted, the kinks in the master schedule have been worked out, and everything seems to fall in place. We find our routines and the rhythm of school is in motion. I love the rhythm and routine, but if I’m not careful, I can take it for granted and lose sight of the bigger picture.
In the book Just Courage, Gary Haugen describes his work at International Justice Mission, an organization dedicated to eliminating slave trade everywhere. He writes this:
Mother Teresa said that she couldn’t imagine doing her work for more than thirty minutes without prayer. Do you and I have work that we can’t imagine doing for thirty minutes without prayer? If not, perhaps we need a new life’s work. Or perhaps we need to do an old life’s work in a new way. I won’t need to be in prayer every thirty minutes in my work if I don’t really need God’s power to get it done, or if it’s work that God doesn’t really need done because it has nothing to do with his kingdom.
At IJM, we begin every working day with thirty minutes of silence and prayerful preparation for the day, and then we all gather again for prayer at 11 a.m. We don’t do this so much as a matter of discipline but out of desperation. We don’t think we can do the mission God has called us to or love each other the way we ought to without spiritual resources accessed through prayer.
This is such a great reminder for us to remember the mission God has called us to. After Open House, most of us went home exhausted from giving everything we had to students this week, doing the same last night with parents, and then we’ll give it all we have again today. To be our best and to accomplish our mission, our desperation and dependency on God to sustain us should be a given, but if I’m being honest, that’s not often the case for me. Instead, I allow the rhythm and routine to lull me into a false sense of “I got this" when I really don’t.
We’re officially in full swing which means we need God’s provision to help us love our kids the way we ought to. And the days we think we've got things under control, those are really the days we need to lean on God the most.
- We had a great Senior Day last Friday. A big thanks goes to the senior class sponsors for planning such a fun day for our seniors to help them kick-off the year. Senior Day is a wonderful tradition and helps put senior year in perspective for many of them. This is a good group of kids and they’ll be one we remember for years to come.
- The Wave turnout was the best we’ve ever had! Thank you to everyone who ventured out to spend the evening with our students.
- In addition to PE classes, the gyms were full of students from Caroline Prestridge’s English classes and Erik Schramm’s Physics classes on Wednesday. With the help of Blake McNair, Mrs. Prestridge’s class had an interactive lesson about poetry and the imagery in the book The Crossover. Coach McNair read portions of the book to students and then led them through related basketball skills and drills. In Physics class, Mr. Schramm’s students created parachutes and performed observations calculating the descent. The gym was rocking and our kids had fun while learning key standards-based concepts.
- It’s payday today! Be sure to stop by Terri Dodd's office to tell her thanks.
- Last night’s Open House was a huge success! We did a great job getting everything ready to make it a fun night for our parents. Thank you.
- 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)
- Family Chapel Lists Finalized & Posted
- Yearbook Staff Field Trip (8:00 AM-3:30 PM)
- Fall Sports Pictures
- Family Chapel Kick-Off
- Faculty Meeting (Library; 7:30 AM)
- Pep Rally Bell Assembly Schedule
- 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 27-31
- Cafeteria AM— K. Holland
- Cafeteria PM— C. Sherrill
- Parking Lot AM— J. Gafford
- Parking Lot PM— T. Vick
- Lunches-- Coaches
- D-Hall— T. Hodges
- Chapel— D. Sullivan
- Monday— D. Sullivan
- Tuesday— D. Sullivan
- Wednesday-- Worshipful Wednesday
- Thursday— Family Chapel Kick-Off
- Friday— STUCO; Alma Mater
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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