Opportunities To Do The Right Thing

I’ll be honest— the closer we got to Monday’s solar eclipse, the more nervous I became.

What if our students misbehaved and didn’t take our warnings seriously?

What if, in an effort to be funny, someone really did stare at the sun and suffer eye damage?

Several of other schools decided to remain inside— was it too late for us to do the same?

It reminded me of an experience I had several years ago when given the privilege of leading a summer program for at-risk freshmen students. We developed engaging, technology-driven curriculum and organized weekly supplemental field trips to reinforce key concepts studied throughout the week.

For our first field trip, our class of 25 students and 5 teachers visited the Clinton Library, and we ate at Gusano’s Pizza in the River Market for lunch.

Despite our planning and all our best efforts, the trip was a disaster due to student misconduct and discipline issues. After the last student was picked up that Friday, we held a teacher meeting and we all felt the same way— no more field trips the rest of the summer! We were one-and-done before it was a thing.

After a weekend of reflection, my mindset shifted and I couldn’t wait to meet with our teachers Monday morning to share a new idea. Instead of cancelling our remaining field trips, I proposed we plan more trips to give our students more opportunities to the do the right thing.

It took a little persuasion and some were skeptical, but we did it. We added two field trips and even added a banquet at the end of the summer.

Did we have any misbehavior and struggles? Absolutely!

Did students learn and grow from those opportunities? Often!

Was adding more trips the right decision? No doubt!

The solar eclipse on Monday was no different for me. Despite the risks, we gave our students the opportunity to do the right thing— and they exceeded my expectations! I don’t think it could have gone better.

As this school year gets going, we need to be on the lookout for opportunities for our students to do the right thing. They’re the times when we’re just not sure if students will be able to handle something. At times, they won’t— but those are the teachable moments where we step in, coach, teach, and mentor students. Those are the lessons always remembered.

  • It’s payday! Of all the people on Mustang Mountain today, Terri Dodd deserves a HUGE shout-out for handling payroll. Be sure to stop by her office to tell her thanks.

  • Monday’s Eclipse event couldn’t have gone better! Erik Schramm, Kassandra Allison, Sheila Killgore, and Jason Gates did an out-of-this-world job planning the day and making it a memorable experience. Let’s do it again in 7 years!

  • Tuesday’s Senior Kick-Off was a huge success! A big thanks goes to Jan Penrod, Kathy Holland, Kristy Quattlebaum, Karen Sullivan, Danny Sullivan, Steve Quattlebaum, and Chad Tappe for the work they put in to make a special day for our seniors. It’s an awesome way to kick-off the year!

  • Our first round of grade-level meetings are in the books. Thank you for working with each others’ schedules to make the meetings happen. I’m really looking forward to the regular, formal conversations we’ll have regarding student progress and performance in each grade. These meetings are designed to help each other help our students. I can’t think of a better reason to meet.

  • Coach Spencer loves morning parking lot duty and certainly deserves a shout-out. See for yourself!

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Meet the Mustangs (6:30 PM)
  • Tuesday, August 29
    • Yearbook Staff Field Trip (Beebe Workshop; 8:00-2:30)
    • Football Game vs. Mayflower @ War Memorial Stadium (Pep rally w/ adjusted bell schedule; click here to download schedule)
      • 1st Period 8:00-8:40
      • 2nd Period 8:45-9:25
      • 3rd Period 9:30-10:10
      • 4th Period 10:15-10:55
      • Chapel 10:58-11:25
      • HS 5th Period 11:30-12:10
        • MS Lunch 11:25-11:50
      • MS 5th Period 11:55-12:35
        • HS Lunch 12:10-12:35
      • 6th Period 12:40-1:15
      • 7th Period 1:20-1:55
      • 8th Period 2:00-2:35
      • Pep Rally 2:40-3:10
  • Thursday, August 31
    • Intercom Chapel & Class Meetings
    • Fall Sports Picture Day
  • Friday, September 1— Senior Picture Retakes
  • Monday, September 4— Labor Day (no school— with a special thanks to Cedarville, OH, resident Senator James H. Kyle)
  • Wednesday, September 6— Monthly Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)

Responsibilities for Next Week
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Almond
  • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
  • Parking Lot AM— I. Thomas
  • Parking Lot PM— A. Diles
  • HS Lunch— J. Gates, C. Morse, & B. McNair
  • MS Lunch— A. Diles, K. Almond, & K. Allison
  • Chapel— S. Quattlebaum
  • Detention— C. Sherrill

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

Upcoming Meetings
  • PLC meetings this week
  • Monthly Faculty Meeting— Next Wednesday (Sept. 6; 7:30 AM; Library)

4 Values (in rank order)
  1. Model Christ
  2. Safety & Security
  3. School First
  4. Quality Instruction

Important School Documents Quick Reference

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

Book Recommendation (What I’m reading now)

About the Book (from Amazon)
Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.
At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.
Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film.
This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.

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