Hearing Parent Perspectives
At our Secondary Campus Open House last night, we had four parents speak and offer their perspectives of CAC— and it was a powerful reminder for me about our school and what our role is. All four parents who shared came back to one idea: relationships. They all valued the way we focus on building relationships with students to help them grow, mature, and get through tough times.
A parent shared how much it meant for his son to go hunting with a teacher before school and having to hustle back before chapel.
A parent shared how incredible it was that some teachers and coaches have had his son over for dinner, to eat with their family. He loved that his son was able to see examples of healthy families walking through life together. He said, "That doesn’t happen at most schools."
A parent shared about her son’s first experience at CAC. She remembered him smiling after school because during his shadow day, he noticed everyone at school was smiling and happy to be there— including the teachers. Before, he didn’t look forward to going to school. Now at CAC, he loves it.
A parent shared that her son went from not wanting to go to school to now setting his own alarm and waking up before everyone else at home just so he can be ready to leave because he doesn’t want to miss anything.
A parent shared how much it meant that a faculty member called him when he had some concerns about the decisions his son was making. The call wasn’t a call about school discipline; rather, it was a call to say, "Hey, I think your son could be heading down a path he may not want to go, and I thought you should know."
I could keep going because the stories were so great— I wish we could have all heard them.
The key takeaway from last night is this: parents choose CAC because they know we care about their kids. They choose CAC because we want our students to know they are God’s children. And they choose CAC because we want to help our students by any means necessary. It’s that simple.
Not every place is like CAC, and the more I walk the halls on Mustang Mountain, the easier it is to forget just how unique and special our school really is. Nights like Open House are good reminders.
Les Brown said it best: "You can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame." It was good for me to step out of the frame last night and get a better view of the picture of our school.
- Wednesday’s CAC Great Adventure was a lot of fun and our 5th grade students loved it! Our sixth grade teachers did an outstanding job sharing what 6th grade life is like on Mustang Mountain, and our STUCO panel crushed it.
- Last night’s Open House was awesome! We had a great turnout and it was a very positive night. A big thanks goes to Tamara Hodges, Christy Sherrill, Caroline Prestridge, Angela Kyle, James Wilhite, Travis Kaye, Joe Gafford, and Jimmy Teigen for being here to visit with guests, show them around, and make them feel welcome.
- It’s been fun visiting classroom this week as we’re back in the swing of things. Mr. Harris and Dr. Vick have been utilizing the technology in the library, Mr. Santos' classes went on a scavenger hunt yesterday, Mrs. Arnold’s 9th graders are starting to read Romeo and Juliet (a classic), and student work is on display in the main hallway from Mrs. Noble’s Civics classes. Also, while learning about OT leaders in Bible class and the roaring 20s in American History class, I noticed Coach Smith and Coach Quattlebaum have both rearranged their rooms and added art and decorations to their walls. It’s a great start to the semester, and I can’t wait to see all the great things we have in store this year.
- With our emphasis on testing our technology and network, we’ve had to do some trouble-shooting. One example has been utilizing the Chromebook carts. Mrs. Quattlebaum and Mrs. Holland worked out a system to allow our 6th period Speech students to use Chromebooks each day. It may not be the perfect situation, but it’s a great example of working together to maximize the technology we have available. Awesome job!
- 9th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
- 12th – Friday 7:45-8:15 AM (Mrs. Holland's room)
- Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy— 7:30-8:45 (Mrs. Quattlebaum’s room)
- Monday, January 21— No School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
- Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; library)
- CAC Science Olympiad Tournament
- Miss Selma’s Day
- 11th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45-8:15 AM (conference room)
- 6th Grade Level Meeting— 3rd period (conference room)
- 7th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
- 10th Grade Level Meeting-- 7:45- 8:15 AM (conference room)
- Family Chapel
- 8th Grade Level Meeting— 4th period (conference room)
Anything missing? If so, please let me know.
Responsibilities for the Week of January 21-25
- Cafeteria AM— K. Holland
- Cafeteria PM— K. Allison
- Parking Lot AM— A. Almond
- Parking Lot PM— C. Sherrill
- Lunches— Coaches
- D-Hall— A. Diles
- Chapel— T. Kaye
- Monday— No School
- Tuesday— T. Kaye
- Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
- Thursday— Admin Chapel OR Split Chapel (Guys in auditorium; girls in atrium); TBD
- Friday— STUCO Chapel (Davis Burton)
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.
Resources Worth Checking Out For Personal and Professional Growth
4 Values (in rank order)
- Model Christ
- Safety & Security
- School First
- Quality Instruction
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