Getting an Alumni’s Perspective

Over the past two weeks, several of us have travelled to Searcy and Fayetteville to meet-up with recent CAC graduates to have dinner and learn from their perspectives. It’s been great catching up and hearing how things are going, but the real learning has happened in small groups by asking two questions:

  1. What should we never change at CAC?
  2. What should we consider changing?

So far, the responses have been pretty similar at both locations. Here are a few responses:

What should we never change?
  • Chapel & daily Bible classes
  • Mustang Missions (especially Mustang Christmas and ACCESS Gators day)
  • The emphasis we place on teachers developing long-lasting friendships with students
  • Dress code (yes, this one was brought up multiple times!)
  • Our high standards

What should we consider changing?
  • Have even higher standards and expectations— college is hard!
  • Focus on teaching basic skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, keyboarding, how to read a textbook, etc.). Even though these may seem like basic skills, they are critical and students must know them to be successful at the next level.
  • Make high school progressively harder and force students to become more and more independent. In college, the biggest skill to have is resourcefulness, and CAC graduates should learn this skill before leaving.

There were many other ideas shared, but these were the ones that students really focused on. During the discussion, they even admitted that they probably didn’t appreciate what we were trying to do at CAC at the time, but looking back, they now get it and are thankful.

It’s easy to grow weary and wonder if we’re making a difference, but trust me on this— we are. If you don’t believe me, talk to one of us who went to Searcy or to Fayetteville, or even talk to someone who’s been at CAC for a few years. We can all share some of the success stories we’ve heard.

Better yet, talk to some CAC alumni to get their perspective. If you’re free on Tuesday, go to Jonesboro with us to hear for yourself.

  • Our second Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy session last Friday with our STUCO members was really good as we talked about vision and action. After the lesson, their task is to look for a local need and to create a Do-Good December project. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. A big shout-out goes to Melissa Leverett for leading our STUCO and for giving our council members the opportunity to be part of the CFA Leader Academy. It’s going to be great!

  • Lights Up! crushed it last Friday! Every time they perform, I’m even more impressed by the leadership and example of our students. A big shout-out goes to Jenna Thomas for her work with the troupe. They are an inspiration both for our school and for all of their other audiences.

  • This was our first week of using the New Life gym for our 1st period activities, and it has worked really well. A big shout-out goes to Hayden Cruce, James Wilhite, and Miranda Johnson for working together to come up with a plan that will help accommodate all of our junior high activities.

  • This morning’s Mustang Mission (Feeding the Multitude) is up-and-running thanks to Erik Schramm and the leaders of the junior class. This mustang mission project has such a big impact on so many families and I’m thankful our students and school get to be part of it.

  • On Tuesday, a Tahoe-load of us drove to Fayetteville to have dinner with CAC-alumni at U.S. Pizza. It was so fun seeing familiar faces and hearing about life on The Hill, and it was also great hearing their perspective of being a CAC student. A big shout-out goes to Chad Tappe, Jan Penrod, Danny Sullivan, Melissa Leverett, and Brittany Arnold for making the journey. Up next: Jonesboro.

Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Pep Rally Schedule (click here to download)
    • Senior Picture during lunch (seniors dismissed from 4th period at 11:20)
    • The Buzz Sonic Blast on Mustang Mountain (4:00-7:00)

  • Week of Monday, November 7- Friday, November 11— Math & Science ACT Aspire Periodic Assessment #1 (grades 6-9)

  • Monday, November 7— Mustang Madness (6:30-8:00)

  • Tuesday, November 8— CAC Alumni Dinner in Jonesboro

  • Friday, November 11— Veterans Day Chapel Special Assembly (adjusted morning bell schedule)
    • 8:00-8:40 1st Period (40 min.)
    • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period (40 min.)
    • 9:30-10:20 Chapel Assembly
    • 10:25-11:00 3rd period (35 min.) / Reception in Atrium for Veterans and families
    • 11:05-11:45 4th Period (40 min.)
    • 11:45-3:30 Regular Bell Schedule

  • Wednesday, November 16— Emergency Drill (4th period)

  • Thursday, November 17— STUCO Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy (7:30-8:45 AM)

  • Friday, November 18— Curriculum Guides Completion Deadline

  • Week of Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25— Thanksgiving Break

Responsibilities for Next Week
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Jamison
  • Cafeteria PM— K. Holland
  • Parking Lot AM— T. Hodges
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Gates
  • HS Lunch— B. McNair, J. Gates, & K. Holland
  • MS Lunch— T. Beach, T. Hodges, & C. Morse
  • Chapel— L. Noble
  • Detention— C. Baber

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