Our New Trampoline

With the weather being so nice lately, the Collier kids got an early Christmas present from their Nana and Paw on Saturday— a trampoline. The boys and I spent a few hours assembling it Sunday afternoon, and then all the kids (and I) jumped for a couple of hours that evening.

The next morning, they woke up early, got dressed (including hats and gloves), ate breakfast, and put in a good 20 minutes of jumping before school. After school, they put in another hour or two.

They did the same thing Tuesday. And Wednesday. And Thursday. (And probably this morning.)

This new trampoline addiction won’t last forever, but it’s clear by their actions that they absolutely love the trampoline and they’re thankful for it. And that’s a great analogy for where we are in the school year. (If you know me at all, you can probably see where I’m going here.)

Back in August, most of us couldn’t wait for school to start (really, I couldn’t even wait for inservice to start!). For the first few weeks of school, each day many of us woke up early and felt that same way my kids are feeling about their trampoline right now— we couldn’t wait to get to school and have fun.

However, as the weeks have gone by, that excitement has faded for me and it may have for you as well (the routine and daily grind tends to do that). I’m thankful for a week to rest, to recharge, and to spend time with my family (most likely jumping on the trampoline). I hope the week is good for you, too, and I hope we all come back to school on November 28 well-rested, recharged, and excited just like we were in August.

  • Last Friday’s Veterans Day assembly was a great event for our school, and it was the perfect way to honor veterans from within the CAC community. James Wilhite did a great job leading our band, while Lynnette Noble and Steve Quattlebaum did a fantastic job organizing the assembly and providing the reception. Great job!

  • This week, we completed our student surveys for our upcoming accreditation with help from Janice Northen, Carrie Vick, James Wilhite, Danny Sullivan, Hayden Cruce, and Andy Stewart. We’ve already received the results, and I can’t wait to share them in the next couple of weeks.

  • The middle school field trip to PA to hear Margaret Peterson Haddix on Tuesday was really great and our students represented our school well. A big thanks goes to Angie Diles for organizing the trip. Shout-outs also go to our chaperones and bus drivers— Kassandra Allison, Tamara Hodges, Jimmy Teigen, Christy Sherrill, Sheila Killgore, Zac Stewart, Miranda Johnson, Caroline Prestridge, Chris Morse, Hayden Cruce, and James Wilhite.

  • The curriculum guides are coming along nicely and the student work that has been uploaded looks great. Thank you for everyone who spent time the past couple of weeks making sure your guides are complete with student work. For those guides still not complete— please make it a priority to get them finished.

Upcoming Events (… and we have a lot, so click here for a printable PDF)

  • Week of Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25— Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, Dec. 1— 12th Grade Civics Field trip to Justice Building & Capital (8:30-2:00)
  • Friday, Dec. 2
    • Matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (8:30-11:00)
    • Chapel in gym
  • Saturday, Dec. 3— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Sunday, Dec. 4— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (2:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Monday, Dec. 5— “A Christmas Carol" The Musical (7:00 PM; $7 student; $10 adult)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6— A&P / AP Bio Field Trip (9:00-1:50)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7— Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM in Library)
  • Thursday, Dec. 8— Drama Club Field Trip to see “A Christmas Story" at the Rep (9:40-2:00)
  • Friday, Dec. 9— 6th Grade (40 students) to see “The Nutcracker" at Robinson Theater (10:00-2:00)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10— ACT Testing Day
  • Sunday, Dec. 11— Mustang Christmas
  • Monday, Dec. 12— HS Choir Christmas Tour (all day)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13— Track Attack/Dodgeball Tournament (11:45-end of the day); Tentative date/time; details to come
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Elementary Track Attack in both gyms (all day)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14— Band Christmas Tour (9:30-2:00)
  • Sunday, Dec. 18— Band & Choir Combined Christmas Concert (2:00 PM in the gym)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • 4th & 7th Period HS Semester Tests (see complete schedule here)
    • Faculty/Staff dismissed at 2:00; Grades should be finalized before leaving
  • Thursday, Dec. 22- Tuesday, Jan. 3— Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4— First Day of Spring Semester

Responsibilities for Week of Nov. 28
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— M. Johnson
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Jamison
  • Parking Lot PM— K. Holland
  • HS Lunch— L. Noble, E. Schramm, T. Shoemaker, & J. Thomas
  • MS Lunch— J. Teigen, Z. Stewart, & J. Wilhite
  • Chapel— I. Thomas
  • Detention— A. Almond

Resources Worth Checking Out

Great Classroom Technology Tips!

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Click the image below for Information about the Fit 4 Life Challenge happening at my gym in January. The challenge has been great for me the past couple of years because of the accountability and support throughout the six weeks. If interested, I’d be happy to share more details.

Inspirational Video— Giving is the Best Communication (video from today’s chapel)

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Inspirational Video #2— Go Ask Dad

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App Recommendation

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You can’t make this stuff up!

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Book Recommendation

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