Making Mistakes

I know I got some things right this semester, and on some things, I know I was way, way off.

My goal next semester is to get more things right and fewer things wrong. Isn’t that the definition of learning?

Tim Sanders, Yahoo!’s former Chief Solutions Officer and author of Today We Are Rich, says that when he was growing up, his grandmother would always give him this advice: It’s OK to make mistakes. Just keep making new ones.

I already know I’m going to make lots of mistakes next semester— but I want them to at least be new ones. There’s nothing worse than making the same mistakes over and over and expecting a different result (see: the definition of insanity).

To help me avoid repeating mistakes, when I experience something I don’t enjoy, I spend time reflecting on it, and I ask myself "What could I have done differently to avoid getting in this situation again?" Often, that simple reflective question helps me avoid version 2.0 of something unpleasant. Not always, but most times.

Let me encourage you to think back on the good things that happened in your classroom and with the students you work with every day. Whatever you did to make it a positive experience, plan to do that again. Then think about some of the not-so-good things that happened and ask yourself the question, "What could I have done differently to avoid getting in that situation again?" Come up with a few solutions and write them down for future use. When you do, you’ll be amazed at the results.

I envision great things for next year because we’ve had such an incredible first semester because of the special group of people who choose to call CAC home. The beginning of the spring semester will be here in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! Let’s make the most of the final three days of the semester, then enjoy the break, and then let’s do this school thing again… only better.

  • Last Friday, we were notified of a student who had been diagnosed with pertussis. The protocol for communicating this to parents is quite extensive, and Carrie Vick did a great job handling the situation. All parents were notified by email, Carrie contacted several by phone, and she spent quite a bit of time on the phone with the Health Department asking questions and making sure we were following our mandated guidelines.

  • Sunday’s Mustang Christmas couldn’t have gone better. It’s such a great Mustang Missions event, and our students showed up ready to serve. A big thanks goes to Danny Sullivan, Jan Penrod, and Kathy Holland for leading the charge and for making it a special day for everyone involved.

  • Friday’s Choir Tour went very well and it was great that our students had the opportunity to sing around Little Rock. A big shout-out goes to Travis Kaye for leading our choir to be such great performers. Also, thanks to Jordan Watson for driving the bus for them.

  • Wednesday’s Tacky Christmas day was a lot of fun! Lights Up did a wonderful job in chapel (way to go, Jenna Thomas!) and our Tacky Christmas day brought out some pretty amazing sweaters (way to go, Ian Thomas!). Also, it must also be noted that Erik Schramm soldered Shelby Cowley’s sweater so the Christmas lights would work!

  • I heard from a few teachers who took The Teacher Report Card challenge from last week. Asking students for honest feedback is risky, so well done! I hope you’re able to learn from their perspectives and to grow from asking them for feedback. It’s not too late if you’d like to do it as well.

  • The Fine Arts Show is this Sunday at 2:00 PM! It will be a great opportunity to showcase our students’ talent in band, choir, and art. Shout-outs are certainly in order for Chelsea Baber, Janice Northen, James Wilhite, and Travis Kaye for the work they’ve been doing with our students all year. Sunday’s going to a great event— I can’t wait!

  • Yesterday’s 6th & 7th grade field trip went great! Angie Diles did a great job organizing the trip (122 students at the Argenta theater!) and making it a fun end-of-the-semester day for our students. Also, shout-outs are in order for Keith Almond and Patrick Smith for driving the buses.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Semester Tests (click here for schedule)
    • Band/Choir Winter Concert Rehearsal (12:15-1:15 HS; 1:30-3:30 MS)
  • Sunday, Dec. 17— Band/Choir Concert & Art Show (2PM)
  • Monday, Dec. 18— Semester Tests
    • MS Enrichment/STEM Activities (8:00-9:30; 10:15-11:45)
    • 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/End-of-Semester Checklists 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. 18-22
Week B
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Jamison
  • Cafeteria PM— T. Shoemaker
  • Parking Lot AM— T. Shoemaker
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Thomas
  • HS Lunch— Shoemaker & Admin
  • MS Lunch— Prestridge & Admin
  • Chapel— Admin
    • Monday: Admin
    • Tuesday: Admin
  • Detention— Admin (if necessary)

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
  • None

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

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