Making Good Shoes
Two big things happened with our seniors this week:

  1. They ordered their caps and gowns.
  2. Their Career Savings Account assignment was due.

What’s the Career Savings Account assignment? Great question! For the assignment, students are tasked with contacting someone in a career they are interested in, asking for a book recommendation, and then following up after reading the book. The simple assignment serves three purposes:
  • students think seriously about career choice
  • students begin relationships with professionals outside their current circles
  • students are exposed to reading recommendations from textbooks to personal development books to case files and everything in between

What I love most about the assignment is that it opens the door to talking about purpose, success, and calling. As Christians, we make decisions and career choices following the purposes God has for each of us— and that’s the message I hope each of our students takes with them after their time on Mustang Mountain. I hope they see that message through us each day by the way we go about our professions, the way we interact with others, and the way we handle conflict.

There’s a story about Martin Luther who was once asked by a new Christian, “What should I do now?" The man was probably expecting to hear he should leave his old life and become a clergyman. Instead, Luther asked him, “What is your work now?" to which the man replied, “I make shoes." Luther’s reply was beautiful: “Then make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price."

Even though we’re starting a new semester, we have a limited number of days with our students (seniors are already ordering their caps and gowns!). It’s important we live out our calling by maximizing our opportunities to plant seeds, nurture relationships, and, as Martin Luther would have put it, “make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price." What we do each day is not as important as why we do it— and that should make all the difference in what we do each day.

  • Our 6th grades did a fantastic job in chapel this week as they reminded us to be kind to each other. I love their willingness to lead our student body (which could be very intimidating for a 6th grader!). A big thanks goes to Tamara Hodges for making chapel such a special experience for her students and for our school. This was a perfect way to kick-off the semester.

  • The new CAC videos are really, really good! Rachel Brackins and Chad Tappe did an outstanding job working with Patrick Cone to make them. It was great premiering the first one in chapel on Monday, and the students loved it! I can’t wait until the other videos are shared over the next couple of weeks.

  • On Wednesday, three of our alumni (Lindsey Chaplin, Josie Bates, and Cade Huckaby) visited for a college panel with our seniors. It was great having them back on Mustang Mountain and hearing how their college life experiences. A big thanks goes to Jan Penrod and Carrie Vick for organizing the panel and facilitating the discussion.

  • We’ve been short on subs a couple of class periods this week, and several teachers have helped cover. This list isn’t exhaustive, but thank you to Keith Almond, Blake McNair, Chris Morse, Patrick Smith, and Bradley Spencer for stepping up and helping on short notice.

  • Congratulations to Jan Penrod and her family— Owen Everett was born yesterday morning!

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, Jan. 15— Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16- Friday Jan. 19— Grade Level Meetings
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16— Emergency Drill (beginning of 6th Period; weather will determine fire or inclement weather)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17— 5th Grade Great Adventure (8:15-11:45)
  • Thursday, Jan. 18— Family Chapel
  • Monday, Jan 22-Tuesday, Jan. 23— Mr. Collier Out (ANSAA Accreditation Visit)
  • Thursday, Jan. 25
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day- Caps for Kids
    • Middle School Open House (6:00-7:00 PM)
  • Sunday, Jan. 28— Honor Society Induction Ceremony (2:00 PM; Auditorium)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30— 8th Grade Reality Fair (2nd-3rd periods; atrium)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31— NHS Blood Drive (8:00-1:30; choir room)
  • Friday, February 16— Faculty Inservice (8:00-3:30; provide input below)

Responsibilities for the Week of January 15-19
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM— A. Almond
  • Cafeteria PM— T. Shoemaker
  • Parking Lot AM— E. Schramm
  • Parking Lot PM— T. Hodges
  • HS Lunch— J. Gates, H. Cruce, & B. Spencer
  • MS Lunch— J. Wilhite, T. Shoemaker, & K. Almond
  • Chapel— T. Shoemaker
    • Monday No School
    • Tuesday T. Shoemaker
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (Tappe)
    • Thursday— Family Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO
  • Detention— L. Noble

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

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

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