Quantity Time

Dads spend an average of about twenty-six minutes per day one-on-one with their kids when the kids are younger than twelve, but that number drops to less than nine minutes per day during the teenage years. The average amount of time that a mom spends with her kids when they’re young is about thirty-one minutes per day, but that number drops to about eleven minutes once the kids are teenagers. So as adults, we are spending almost two-thirds less time with teens at exactly the moment when they need more time with us.

A YMCA Teen and Parent Survey conducted by the Global Strategy Group found that the top concern of teenagers (outpacing all other fears and concerns) was "not having enough time together with parents."

When I read this in Josh Shipp’s book The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Human, I was somewhat taken aback. Teenagers, on average, spend around 20 minutes a day with the parents? That’s it?! That can’t be true, right?

Well, it is an average, and certainly some of our teenagers spend significantly more time with their parents thanThe Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans that.

But that also means some of ours don’t.

In the most formidable years of their lives— as they’re finding identity and learning who they are, as they’re developing their own faith, as they’re making what could be life-altering decisions— teenagers need adults in their lives to help guide, direct, and mentor them.

That’s where parents step in and that’s where we step in.

Education is much more than math and science and English and history and all of our other subject areas. Those are important, no doubt. It’s what we’re trained to do. But our mission is to partner with parents to provide a distinctively Christian education that inspires excellence, independence, and a transforming faith in God.

We have quite a task in front of us, but I can’t think of a better group of teachers to be in the trenches with as we try to help our students grow to be the men and women God wants them to be.

  • The varsity basketball team lost a nail biter on Tuesday to end their season. Two tall shout-outs are in order for Matt Hall and Blake McNair for the amazing amount of work and number of hours they’ve poured into their players. From summer camps, early morning practices, team meals in their homes, holiday tournament games, regular season games, and tournament play, Coach Hall and Coach McNair have worked like crazy to build relationships with their players and help mold them to be men of God. I see big things in store for our basketball program thanks to these two men.

  • This past Sunday at our Honor Induction Ceremony, 122 students were inducted into our honor societies. A big thanks goes to sponsors Kathy Holland, Christy Sherrill, Sonya Gates, and Jan Penrod for leading their clubs and organizing the ceremony. Also, a special thanks goes to Tommy Shoemaker for filling in for me on short notice.

  • Congratulations to Erik Schramm for purchasing his first smart phone. Once Kevin Lloyd made the plunge, it was only a matter of time until Erik followed suit.

  • For the past three weeks, Janice Northen has been teaching a unit called "Be Internet Awesome" with her students and she has been emailing her students’ parents tips and suggestions. So far, they’ve covered sharing information, avoiding phishing attempts and scams, and creating strong passwords. This is a great resource for our students and their parents. Awesome job!

  • From what I’ve heard, the faculty potluck was muy deliciosa. A shout-out goes to Señor Jason Gates for organizing the potluck sign-up and making it happen. Gracias!

  • This week, Lynnette Noble ran into slight planning issue where student cell phone use would have come in very handy. However, we were able to troubleshoot the problem using the library conference room, and students were able to complete their research activity and discussion in the library using Chromebook and our school technology. This semester is a learning curve, but I’m thankful Mrs. Noble was able to work with Mrs. Northen to find a solution that would work well.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • No School for Students
    • Teacher Workday (half day; 7:30-11:45)
    • Winterfest Weekend
  • Monday, February 18
    • No School (Presidents Day)
  • Friday, February 22
    • Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Meeting/Project (7:30-9:35)
    • Week A (again) for 7th & 8th grade 4th period rotations
  • Monday, February 25
    • Guest Speaker— Internet Safety
      • Regular Bell Schedule
      • 9th Grade will eat lunch with MS students
      • 11:00-12:00— 10-12 Grade Assembly
      • 12:15-1:00— 7-9 Grade Assembly
        • some 6th graders will attend
  • Tuesday-Friday, February 26-March 1
    • Grade Level Meetings
  • Thursday, February 28
    • Family Chapel
  • Sunday, March 4
    • College Tour Leaves
  • Wednesday, March 6
    • College Tour Returns

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of February 19-22
Week A (again— it evens out well!)
  • Cafeteria AM— E. Schramm
  • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Diles
  • Parking Lot PM— K. Quattlebaum
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall—
  • Chapel
    • Monday— No School (Presidents Day)
    • Tuesday— T. Shoemaker
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Admin Chapel; Meetings if necessary
    • Friday— STUCO chapel (L. Noble)

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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