A Prayer for Teachers

Ever had that class? You know, the class whose personality didn’t quite mesh with yours. The class you have in the "tired part" of the day. The class where you find yourself getting flustered or frustrated. The class where you feel you just can’t connect.

I know I’ve had my fair share of those classes over the years, and they’re hard. I wanted to connect, I wanted to be my best, I wanted to look forward to being with that class, but something never quite lined up.

This week a teacher shared with me how prayer helps him prepare to be mission-minded right before a class (especially a that class). We looked at a passage from Colossians 1, and he encouraged me to read it differently and use it in prayer, substituting the pronouns with specific names of students or specific classes.

For this reason, since the day I heard about ________, I have not stopped praying for ________. I continually ask God to fill ________ with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that ________ may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that ________ may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified ________ to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Adapted from Colossians 1:9-14)

Let me encourage you to remember to spend some time in prayer before class to help you prepare to be mission-minded and to help you connect with your students. Use the passage above and pray for students or specific classes. I’m confident that doing so will change the dynamic of your class— even that class.

  • Mustang Christmas is off to a great start thanks to Kathy Holland & the senior class officers. It’s so great seeing our students take ownership of a mission project, and I know the impact of Mustang Christmas is HUGE.

  • Chapel this week was very encouraging and uplifting as Ian Thomas reminded us of the importance of kindness. Mr. Thomas did a great job of connecting with students on multiple levels, and I hope our students make a conscious effort to be kind or continue being kind to others.

  • Winter sports are all now up and going, and that means several faculty members are adding more to their plates. A big shout-out goes to our winter sport coaches— Keith Almond (wrestling), Steve Quattlebaum, Jason Gates, and Tasha Williams (girls basketball), Bradley Spencer and Blake McNair (boys basketball), Jimmy Teigen (6th grade basketball), Sheila Killgore and Doug Killgore (archery), Jan Penrod (bowling), and Dia Watson, Rachel Brackins, and Malissa Wallace (cheerleading). Also, shout-outs are in order for Maddie Awtrey (trainer), Hayden Cruce (AD), Doug Killgore (Assistant AD), and Kevin Lloyd (transportation & facilities) for making it all work so smoothly. Thank you for investing in our students and making this a great experience for them.

  • The grade-level meeting feedback has been really encouraging, and we’ve been seeing many positive outcomes from the time spent together. I know carving out time to meet can be challenging, but I’m thankful we are able to make that happen because I know our students are benefiting from it. Thank you for investing in the meetings.

  • As we go into the homestretch of this first semester, thank you for being flexible as we make schedule changes and try to accommodate so many different groups and activities. With field trips, choir/band rehearsals, yearbook pictures, winter sports, track attack, and semester tests (just to name a few), things do get hectic and plans need to be adjusted. Thank you for modifying and adjusting along the way— it’s much appreciated!

Upcoming Events
  • Today— Art 1 Field Trip (1:00-2:45)
  • Saturday, Dec. 2— JH All-Region Band Auditions
  • Monday, Dec. 4-Tuesday, Dec. 5— Collier Out (ANSAA Accreditation Visit)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5
    • Winter Sports & Club Yearbook Pictures (7:30-11:45)
    • Lights Up & Theater Tech Field Trip (11:45-1:30)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6
    • Monthly Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
    • Secondary Campus Track Attack (click here for schedule)
  • Thursday, Dec. 7
    • Lights Up Day Tour (Memphis)
    • Elementary Track Attack
    • Mustang Christmas Spirit Day ($2+)
    • Mustang Christmas Toys DUE
  • Friday, Dec. 8— Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
  • Saturday, Dec. 9— ACT Testing
  • Sunday, Dec. 10— Mustang Christmas
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13
    • Band Christmas Tour (all day)
    • Tacky Christmas Sweater Library Fundraiser ($2+)
  • Friday, Dec. 15
    • Semester Tests (click here for schedule)
    • Band/Choir Winter Concert Rehearsal
  • Sunday, Dec. 17— Band/Choir Concert & Art Show (2PM)
  • Monday, Dec. 18— Semester Tests
    • 11:45 dismissal for all students; MS supervision provided until 3:30 if necessary
    • Click here for schedule.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19
    • Semester Tests (11:45 dismissal for all students; click here for schedule)
    • End of Grading Period/Semester
    • Grades due before leaving for break
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20- Tuesday, Jan. 2— Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, Jan 3— First Day of 2nd Semester

Responsibilities for the Week of Dec. 4-8
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Holland
  • Cafeteria PM— I. Thomas
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Kyle
  • Parking Lot PM— P. Smith
  • HS Lunch— J. Gates, B. Spencer, & H. Cruce
  • MS Lunch— I. Thomas & T. Kaye
  • Chapel— Admin
    • Monday: Admin
    • Tuesday: Admin
    • Wednesday: Intercom Chapel (Track Attack Schedule; 11:46)
    • Thursday: Tuneful Thursday (Elementary track attack)
    • Friday: STUCO
  • Detention— TBD

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
  • Faculty Meeting— Wednesday, 7:30 AM (library)

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

Important School Documents & Links

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

“A Game Changing Chapter— Romans 12" by Bill Hybels

Book Recommendation

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