“If students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them."
-George Couros, author
The Innovator’s Mindset

As part of the senior’s cyber day assignment for Economics, I asked them to rank this assignment because I wanted to get some feedback to help me plan for cyber day #2.

Of the 34 responses (which I might add means, as of this writing, 22 students have yet to complete it!), the results were somewhat surprising to me:

Two Things I Learned

  • Not ALL of them hated it! In fact, some even admitted to enjoying it (5.9% gave it a 9!).
  • A majority, though, clearly weren’t huge fans of it (so they say…).

Some are very interested in what we’re talking about most days and some are not. As an educator, I know my job is to find different ways to get everyone to be more curious than when we started. With this feedback, that means for the next cyber day assignment, I’ll need to change it up and offer different learning options.

Will that improve the feedback?. Maybe. Maybe not.

Either way, I know it’s not possible to force students to like an assignment or a topic, but it is possible to try different teaching strategies and maybe— just maybe— pique their interest.

  • This recent MS schedule change came with some unexpected frustrations because several students’ grades were deleted when the grade books transferred. As you might imagine, that’s a terrible situation to be in this far into the grading period. While it was frustrating, I do want to commend our teachers for handling it so well. We’ve learned some important lessons from this schedule change, and I hope to use this year’s experience to help us next year.

  • On Wednesday, one of our students had an emergency situation where the paramedics had to be called. While we waited for them to arrive, Bradley Spencer and Carrie Vick handled the situation well and were so calming, comforting, and reassuring for the student. In the end, the student was taken to ACH and discharged later that afternoon and was back at school Thursday. A big thanks goes to Coach Spencer and Mrs. Vick for the way they handled the situation.

  • Wednesday’s Lights Up performance was great! I love how they weave in current events and timely school issues for our students. A big shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her leadership with the group. They’re a huge asset to our student body, and their voice is powerful.

  • Our new auditorium curtain was installed yesterday in the auditorium! The timing of the install wasn’t ideal (a few weeks before the musical), but Jenna Thomas and the drama department did a great job handling the stresses of disassembling the set to make room for the curtain.

  • Jan Penrod and Chris Morse have returned from this year’s college trip. Despite the rumors that Coach Morse was pulled over, they had a great time. A big thanks goes to Mrs. Penrod and Coach Morse for taking the time to be gone from their families this week. That’s a big commitment, and it’s much appreciated.

  • This month’s Mustang Mission project was a huge success thanks to Angie Diles and the 7th grade class. This project raised $1,000 to support Easter European Ministries (EEM). This was a new project for our school, but it was eye-opening for our students to understand life and christianity outside of the USA.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Cyber Day #2 Assignment Due Date
    • Special Presentation in Chapel (chapel could go long; we will make schedule adjustments as needed)
  • Saturday, Feb. 24 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament (Newport)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27— 9th Grade Field Trip to Pulaski Tech (8:30-2:30)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28— Fire Drill (4th period)
  • Friday, March 2— HS Choir Assessment at Sherwood Baptist (3:00-5:30)
  • Monday, March 5— Split Chapel (girls in atrium; boys in auditorium)
  • Wednesday, March 7
    • End of 3rd Grading Period
    • 2:00 PM Early Dismissal (click here for bell schedule)
  • Friday, March 9— High School Musical (matinee performance)
  • Saturday, March 10— High School Musical (7:00 PM)
  • Sunday, March 11— High School Musical (2:00 PM)
  • Monday, March 12
    • Author Visit
    • High School Musical (7:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, March 14— 7th & 8th Grade Choir Tour (8:00-1:00)
  • Thursday, March 15— Family Chapel
  • Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23— Spring Break
  • Friday, March 30
    • No School (Good Friday)
    • Cyber Day #2

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

Responsibilities for the Week of February 26- March 2
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Kyle
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Sherrill
  • Parking Lot AM— D. Sullivan
  • Parking Lot PM
  • HS Lunch— B. Spencer, H. Cruce, & J. Gates
  • MS Lunch—
  • Chapel— J. Teigen
    • Monday J. Teigen
    • Tuesday— J. Teigen
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Intercom Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO
  • Detention— C. Prestridge

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

Meeting Schedule
  • This week: Grade-Level Meetings (see email from Coach Stewart)

Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth

The Forgotten Podcast

Book Recommendation

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

Important School Documents & Links

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